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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning the EU's Indo-Pacific Strategy

Q: The EU released its Indo-Pacific strategy on 16 September, saying that it will increase cooperation with regional countries on seven priority areas and contribute to regional stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development, in line with principles of democracy, rule of law, human rights and international law. When asked if the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy is directed against China, High Representative Borrell said that the EU’s approach to the region is one of cooperation not confrontation. What’s your response?

A: With regard to the Asia-Pacific region, China believes that any strategy should follow the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, cooperation and mutual benefit, and help contribute to regional peace, stability and prosperity. Provoking tensions and forming exclusive circles along ideological lines in the region is doomed to fail as it runs counter to regional countries’ desire for peace, development and cooperation and the prevailing trend of the times. Whether the EU’s strategy is about cooperation or confrontation, we will continue to follow it closely. If the EU side hopes to contribute to stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific, it needs to respect the will of regional countries and their different development models, and commit itself to equality, inclusiveness and cooperation.

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