MANY COUNTRIES IN THE REGION ARE UNDER THE PRESSURE TO TAKE SIDES: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER

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While addressing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat in a speech in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi claimed that “many countries in the region, including ASEAN countries, are under the pressure to take sides, and the strategic environment in the region risks being reshaped by political factors.”

Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi further said that “We hope that we can independently choose political systems and development paths, independently pursue foreign and defense policies, and independently decide on the pathway and pace in participating in economic globalization and advancing regional integration.”

By indicating the west’s interference in the internal matters of Asian countries, Wang Yi added that “We should insulate this region from geopolitical calculations and the trap of the law of the jungle, from being used as chess pieces in major-power rivalry, and from coercion by hegemony and bullying. Our future, and the future of our region, should be in our own hands.”