Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday that Southeast Asian nations shouldn’t be used as “chess pieces in major power rivalries” as the US has been pressuring regional countries to join its campaign against Beijing.
“We should insulate this region from geopolitical calculations and the trap of the law of the jungle, from being used as chess pieces in major power rivalry and from coercion,” Wang said during a speech at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. “The future of our region should be in our own hands.”
In the recently released Indo-Pacific Strategy, the US outlined a plan to increase its diplomatic and military presence in the region to counter Beijing. But most Southeast Asian countries appear to be hesitant to pick a side, although many have signed onto a new economic initiative launched by President Biden.
Wang said ASEAN nations should oppose “fake regional cooperation that keeps certain countries out,” referring to US-led economic and military pacts that exclude Beijing.
President Biden’s new economic plan for the Asia Pacific, known as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), includes the ASEAN nations of Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. But the IPEF is extremely vague at this point, and no specific details between countries have been worked out.
Wang also hit out at the US for its increasing ties with Taiwan, warning that there would be “dark clouds or even ferocious storms” if the one-China policy were abandoned. He said that the US was “trying to play the Taiwan card to disrupt and contain China’s development.”
6 thoughts on “China Says Southeast Asian Nations Shouldn’t Be Used as ‘Chess Pieces’ in Power Rivalry”
Nothing will consolidate unity in Asia faster and stronger than Japan attempting to rewrite its Constitution to allow increasing its military capabilities. That will polarize the region and draw an alliance between China, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Wang makes sense to me… Biden is just a chess piece in a dangerous board game.
At this rate, we will be lucky if we don’t find ourselves in a World War…
Southeast Asian nations don’t want to pick and choose between their largest trading partner and the US. Any sort of “pick a side” effort is doomed for failure. Our policymakers is trying to bring back the Cold War when the rest of the world clearly don’t.
Joe Biden will be remembered as the great divider of anyone and all people.
Racial and class frictions in America are only superseded by the divisions senile Joe Biden caused internationally. Joe Biden allowed NEOCONS to push war worldwide from Ukraine and Russia to China and Southeast Asia; Joe Biden’s and obama’s black hands are all over death and destruction.
Joe Biden created his fake little Asian organization, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) leaving out Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar further dividing people.
The world is headed to dark times all caused by Joe Biden and obama.
“The world is headed to dark times all caused by Joe Biden and Donald Trump and Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and …”
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