21 Jan '11, 4am

Hu calls for closer US-China cooperation in South-east Asia - TODAYonline

WASHINGTON - Chinese President Hu Jintao called for closer cooperation with the United States in South-east Asia and the Pacific Rim in a speech yesterday, offering an olive branch in a region where China's increasing influence and military presence have roiled relations between the two powers. Speaking to leaders of American business and foreign-relations organisations in Washington, Mr Hu said that the Pacific Rim was where Washington and Beijing had the greatest range of overlapping interests, and he called closer coordination of US and Chinese activities there "crucial to the regional situation and our bilateral relations". "We should stay committed to promoting peace, stability and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region," he said, "and turn the Asia-Pacific into an important region where China and the US work closely with each other on the basis of mutual respect". Ch...

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