China vows not to ‘force’ its regional interests

Beijing: In a speech to mark 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, President Xi Jinping has pledged the Asian superpower will not attempt to make the region a satellite.

“China hopes to achieve development based on co-operation and respect for others,” he said.

“China will not seek dominance over the region, nor take advantage of others. Rather, it will stand by and work with others to foster a new type of international relations, always respecting the rights and legitimate interests of others.”

President Xi Jinping has pledged not to seek dominance over the region after arriving in Australia for a state visit, stressing China’s pursuit of regional co-operation and respect for others. Credit:GARETH MCDONNELL

Chinese officials, meeting with their Australian counterparts, were tight-lipped on details of talks between President Xi and Prime Minister Scott Morrison, citing a need to take into account each other’s perspective. They did however say Xi would meet Morrison to discuss economic matters, while Foreign Minister Marise Payne will accompany him on a visit to China next week.

“The relationship between China and Australia is in its golden age,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.

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