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China releases first white paper on security cooperation in Asia-Pacific, warning small and medium sized countries to not take sides

ASEAN: China releases first white paper on security cooperation in Asia-Pacific, warning small and medium-sized countries to not take sides

  • In the six-point proposal, reproduced in full by Xinhua, Beijing, stated that ‘small- and medium-sized countries need not and should not take sides among big countries’
  • It added that China would step up its role in regional and global security to take on greater responsibilities
  • China and ASEAN will continue to maintain communication and dialogue on the South China Sea issue, strengthening pragmatic maritime cooperation and steadily advancing consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea
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