On May 20 China’s President Xi Jinping called for “the creation of a new Asian structure for security cooperation…that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States.”
Xi was speaking “to a meeting in Shanghai of the Conference of Interaction and Confidence-building measures in Asia (CICA).” Russian President Vladimir Putin was in attendance.
According to the Japan Times, Xi said, “We need to innovate our security cooperation (and) establish new regional security cooperation architecture.”
This marks “the latest effort by Beijing to build up groups of Asian or developing governments to offset the influence of the U.S. and other Western governments in global affairs.”
Beijing “founded the Shanghai Cooperation Organization with Russia and four central Asia countries” in 2001. The goal then was also “to counterbalance rising American influence in the region.”
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