Sergey Lavrov. Photo: MFA Russia / via Globallookpress.com / www.globallookpress.com
Alliances forged by the West are fueling an arms race in the Asia-Pacific region
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian agreed with the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the creation of AUKUS and QUAD by Western countries erodes universal formats in the Asia-Pacific region. This point of view of Moscow reflects the general concern of the majority of the APR states, the Chinese diplomat said on Friday, October 8.
According to him, Washington’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, the AUKUS or QUAD alliances are all closed and exclusive groups with a pronounced Cold War and zero-sum thinking. The representative of the Celestial Empire expects the development of an arms race in the region and an exacerbation of tensions, which will lead to the undermining of unity and cooperation.
“Regional countries must maintain a high level of vigilance against any attempts to weaken the central role of ASEAN, jointly resist any erroneous actions that violate international justice and impartiality, cause disagreement and incite confrontation in the region,” RIA Novosti quoted Lijian as saying.
Lavrov criticized the creation of the AUKUS partnership and the QUAD quadripartite security dialogue involving Western countries during his speech at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy on October 2. He noted that today the world is moving towards global multipolarity, and this path will be long.
We will remind, on September 16, the United States, Britain and Australia announced the conclusion of a security alliance called AUKUS in order to maintain “stability in the Indo-Pacific region.” Under the agreement, Canberra was given the opportunity to acquire nuclear submarines, abandoning its partnership with Paris.
And last week, the first full-time QUAD summit of heads of state, which includes Australia, India, Japan and the United States, was held at the White House.
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