11 Jan 2017
China's Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Co-operation
The Asia-Pacific region covers a vast area and is home to some 60% of the world's population. With its combined economic activity accounting for almost 60% of the global total and 50% of world trade, it is a hugely significant region. Within the region, China is committed to promoting peace and stability among its neighbours. Its official policy is one of peaceful development, as part of which it has looked to generally open up its economy, while pursuing friendly co-operation with all countries on the basis of its Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. To this end, it has been taking active steps in response to both traditional and non-traditional security challenges. China is officially committed to promoting lasting peace and economic co-operation.
With regard to Asia-Pacific security co-operation, China has officially aligned itself to a number of priorities. These include promoting common development, establishing a free trade area, enhancing connectivity, implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and narrowing the developmental gap across the region. In line with this, China has actively promoted its Belt and Road Initiative and initiated the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund.
Beyond this, the Chinese government has emphasised its commitment to establishing a variety of different partnerships with many other countries and regional organisations. It has, for instance, stated its desire to work with the United States to forge a new model of superpower relations, one based on non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and mutually beneficial co-operation. At the same time, it has also underlined its intent to deepen its strategic partnership with Russia, while establishing a closer partnership with India. It is also pushing for the improvement of its relations with Japan.
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