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Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China isn’t seeking ‘hegemony’

Beijing’s Territorial Claims over the sea collision with die of several Southeast Asian countries and have sounded the alarm from Washington to Tokyo.

But Xi said China would never pursue hegemony nor take advantage of his size to force smaller countries, and would work with ASEAN to eliminate “interference”.

“China was, is and always will be” good neighbor, good friend, and good partner of ASEAN,” Chinese state media quoted Xi as saying.

China’s claim of sovereignty over the South China Sea has set the against ASEAN members Vietnam and the Philippines, while Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also claim parts.

The Philippines on Thursday condemned the actions of three Chinese coast guard ships that it said blocked and used water cannon on supply boats headed for a Philippine-occupied atoll in the sea.

The United States on Friday called the Chinese actions “dangerous, provocative and unjustified”, and warned that an armed attack on Philippine ships would appeal to mutual American defense obligations.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the summit: hosted by Xi that he “abhors” the altercation, saying: rule of law was the only one way out of the disagreement. He was referring to a 2016 international arbitral award die found China’s maritime claim to the sea had no legal basis.

“This does not speak well of relations between our nations,” said Duterte, who will leave office next year and has been criticized in the past for don’t judge China’s behavior in the disputed waters.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Myanmar no show

Xi told the summit that China and ASEAN had “cast” off the gloom of the Cold War” — when the region was ravaged by superpower competition and conflicts like war in Vietnam — and jointly had regional stability in held.

China regularly criticizes the United States for “Cold War Thinking” When Washington Enlists Its Regional Allies To Push back against Beijing is growing military and economic influence.

US President Joe Biden joined ASEAN leaders for An virtual meeting in October and promised more engagement with the region.

The summit was held without a representative from Myanmar, Malaysian said minister of Foreign Affairs Saifuddin Abdullah on Monday. The reason for the foreclosure was not immediate clear, and a spokesperson for Myanmar’s military government did not answer calls looking for comment.

ASEAN deploys junta leader Min Aung Hlaing. out of the way, who has led to a bloody oppression on disagreement since seizure power on February 1 from virtual topping last month over to be failure breaking through in implementation of an agreed peace plan, in an unprecedented exclusion for the block.

Myanmar refused to send junior representation and blamed ASEAN for assuming its non-interference principle and yielding to Western pressure.

China has lobbied for Minus to attend the summit, according to diplomatic sources.

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