President's call at Shanghai conference shows Beijing placing new emphasis on regional ties to counter US influence, analysts say
South China Morning Post - MAY 23, 2014
By Teddy Ng in Shanghai
President Xi Jinping told forum delegates that military alliances
targeting a specific nation were not conducive to regional security.
A new security cooperation system should be established, one
maintained by Asians, although stakeholders from other parts of the
world were welcomed, he said.
Xi made the pledge at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), which ended on Wednesday.
"It shows that China recognises the importance of regional
relationships, even though the US is still the main focus of China's
foreign policy," said Raffaello Pantucci, a senior research fellow with
the Royal United Services Institute in London.
"China is more aware that having good relationships in the region is crucial for the nation to continue to grow."
Beijing exerts some influence over regional security through the
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. But the CICA has been a relatively
obscure forum until recently.