China accuses US of confrontation in Asia-Pacific
Published: 10:43 AM, 16 October 2020
Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein hosted a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Photo: AFP)
Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister, accused the United States of ‘stirring up confrontation’ in the Asia Pacific region. He also stated Washington’s plan to form an Indo-Pacific alliance as a security risk that aims to counter Beijing’s own growing assertiveness in the region.
Wang Yi said this in a statement issued on Tuesday following the meeting with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein in Kuala Lumpur.
In the statement, he also focused on China’s leadership in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and called the Associated of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work together to prevent external disruptions.
Chinese Foreign Minister’s visit to Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, is part of a trip to Southeast Asia and comes just days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Tokyo and held a four-way summit with foreign ministers from Quad countries India, Australia, and Japan with the United States.
Criticizing the emerging US-led alliance to NATO in Europe Wang said what the US is doing could mark the beginning of a dangerous and slippery step.
Earlier, China has called on the United States to drop its ‘Cold War mentality’ and the country condemned the quad as an attempt to control China’s development.