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China-India-Myanmar non-aggression pact reconfirmed

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's 60-year-old non-aggression and non-interference pact with India and Myanmar at the weekend as part of an international commitment to respect sovereign rights.

He told Myanmar President Thein Sein and Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari in Beijing that no nation should be allowed to monopolise global affairs.

President Xi evoked the principles of coexistence enunciated in 1954 when the then-recently liberated China was attempting to break out of the diplomatic isolation imposed by imperialism.

“Sovereignty is the reliable safeguard and fundamental element of national interest,” he told his guests.

“Sovereignty and territorial integrity should not be infringed. This is the firm principle that should not be cast aside.”

Mr Xi said that all nations should be given equal footing in the global security framework and share equal rights.

“No-one can sacrifice the security of other nations for the pursuit of the absolute security of its own.”

The Chinese president said that China would never seek to impose its will on other nations no matter how strong it becomes.

“China does not subscribe to the notion that a country is bound to seek hegemony when it grows in strength,” he said.

“Hegemony or militarism is not in the genes of the Chinese,” Mr Xi asserted, calling for “a new architecture of Asia-Pacific security.”

Alluding to the US, he said that the “notion of dominating international affairs belongs to a different age and such attempts are doomed to failure.”

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