After Xi’s G20 absence, China keen to play role in APEC success


BEIJING, Sept 26 (Reuters) – China is keen to play a “constructive” role in the success of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, its top diplomat said on Tuesday, following the absence of President Xi Jinping. Annual Group 20 summit in India.

“As the world’s largest developing country and an important member of APEC, China is willing to abide by the expectations of the international community and play a constructive role in the success of APEC this year,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Xi, without any official explanation, skipped the G20 summit in New Delhi this month, attended in his place by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. This prompted the United States to say that China was “leaving” the G20 and building an alternative world order.

“Of course, we and all parties hope that the United States will recognize its responsibility as host, demonstrate openness, fairness, inclusiveness and responsibility, and work for the smooth conduct of the meeting,” Wang said at a news conference. “Will create better conditions.” , when asked if Xi would attend APEC.

China is in contact with relevant parties and will make an announcement at the appropriate time, Wang said.

Talks between China and the United States are gradually resuming despite tensions between the two superpowers, particularly over Taiwan. Expectations are high that after missing the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting at the G20 in India, Xi will meet Biden on the sidelines of APEC.

At the same press conference, Wang said, without naming any countries, that China opposes the “undesirable” expansion of military alliances that squeezes the security of other countries.

Beijing has been critical of Washington’s continued efforts to deepen military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region. It has particularly rejected bases the US military is building north of the Philippines opposite democratically ruled Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory.

China has long advocated partnership rather than alliance and is not part of any military bloc. Its only remaining ally after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 is North Korea, which China is obliged to defend under a 1961 treaty if attacked.

Reporting by Liz Lee, Albie Zhang and Ryan Wu; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Gerry Doyle

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