China gives green light for cooperation with Southeast Asia

China intends to boost cooperation with ASEAN countries to maintain peace and stability in region

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan (4th R) claps next to his counterparts from South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

China intends to improve ties with South Asian countries, the country’s defense minister said in an informal summit with the attendance of the delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday.

During his speech, Mr Chang concentrated on the importance of maintaining stability in the region.

"At present the regional situation is generally stable, but there are obvious downward economic pressures and non-traditional security challenges are increasing,"  he said pointing the terror groups.

"Forces from outside the region are using the internet, social media and other means to carry out incitements against countries in this region, threatening social stability," he added.

Chang also pointed the rising security threat in its far western region of Xinjiang, saying that rebel groups in the area often use the internet to spread propaganda, linking up with foreign forces which encourage them to carry out attacks inside the country.  

He also added that the country is ready for boosting military cooperation with ASEAN countries to maintain peace and stability in the region.

China often confront with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei due to overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

Mr.Chang did not talk about the disputed South China Sea in front of the reporters who could attend the summit just a few minutes in the beginning of it.  

China started to build up artificial islands in the South China Sea last year, claiming construction work is mostly for civilian purposes.

TRTWorld and agencies