China says it will not accept actions undermining peace, security in Southeast Asia


China warned on Tuesday that it would not accept any action that undermines peace and security in the region.

China is aware that the United States has encountered challenges “from various sides” in its intentions to hold a special two-day summit with member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ) later this week, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao said in a regular press briefing.

The official Global Times quoted Zhao as saying that Beijing “welcomes countries outside the region playing a positive role” in promoting peace and development.

However, he “does not accept any action that undermines” peace and stability, he added.

The special ASEAN-US summit is due to begin Thursday in Washington DC.

On Tuesday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the current ASEAN chairman, traveled to Washington to attend and co-chair the summit.

An official statement from Sen’s office said he undertook a visit at the invitation of President Joe Biden.

“ASEAN leaders will also meet with US business leaders to discuss economic cooperation. ASEAN leaders will meet with HE Vice President Ms. Kamala Harris and US Cabinet Secretaries on issues related to the climate action, clean energy and sustainable infrastructure,” he said.

Leaders of ASEAN countries are expected to meet with Biden, Harris and other officials while in Washington.

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