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Cold-War mentality is outdated approach to regional affairs, Premier says

By Mo Jingxi and Li Xiaokun | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-03-15 12:52

China does not want to see any party in the Asia-Pacific region feel compelled to choose sides under the influence of a Cold-War mentality, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday.

The Asia-Pacific is the common home of all countries in the region, Li said, adding China believes regional affairs should be decided and handled on the merits of each case.

He said he hoped cooperation between China and the United States in the Asia-Pacific region would bring opportunities to ASEAN countries, instead of trouble.

"China and the US have been cooperating for a long time in the region, for example many US multi-national firms choose to place their Asia-Pacific headquarters in China," he told a media conference at the end of the annual meeting of National People's Congress.

"We will continue to support ASEAN's community building efforts and its centrality in regional cooperation," he added.

The Premier also said China hopes that the Asia-Pacific region will be one that enjoys order and stability, a region that is able to work out issues through consensus-building consultation, properly manage differences through dialogue and has the wisdom to resolve differences.

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