China doesn’t want to dominate Southeast Asia, says Jinping

News Agency, Beijing

“China will not dominate Southeast Asia or its smaller neighbors,” said China’s President Xi Jinping. He made the remarks in the wake of the ongoing conflict over the South China Sea.

He spoke on Monday at an online conference with 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The conference was organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of relations between the two countries. China has repeatedly tried to allay concerns about its growing power and influence. In particular, China claims the entire South China Sea, as do ASEAN members Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines.

“China is firmly against dictatorship and power politics and wants to maintain friendly relations with its neighbors,” he said. We want to keep the peace in the region permanently. ”“ We will not dominate or oppress small countries, ”he said, according to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Jinping’s remarks came after Chinese coast guard vessels intercepted and hit two Filipino ships delivering troops to the disputed coast of the South China Sea with water cannons. The incident was mentioned by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in his speech at the conference.

Meanwhile, two political officials said ASEAN members failed to represent Myanmar at the meeting on Monday because the government imposed by the military there refused to allow ASEAN Ambassador Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained politicians to attend. Military ruler General Min Aung Huling was also not allowed to represent his country at the last ASEAN summit.

Filipino boats reinstated

Meanwhile, the Philippine military deployed two supply boats on Monday to deliver food to its navy guarding the controversial coast of the South China Sea. Last week, Manila strongly condemned the Chinese Coast Guard attack with water cannons to divert Filipino ships and warned China. Filipino Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said two boats carrying naval personnel had left western Palawan Province and would reach naval personnel stationed in the Thomas Coast region after an overnight trip.

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