Wang said in his speech to the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Indonesian capitalMany countries in the region are under pressure to take sides in a region that is in danger of being “reshaped by political factors.”
urgingCountries The need to avoid their use as “chess pieces” by major powers.
He explained, “We have to isolate this area from…from being used as chess pieces as a result of the rivalry between the major powers and coercion.
“The future of our region must be in our hands,” he added.
Beijing has made dozens of incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone this year, while Defense Minister Wei Feng warned his US counterpart on Friday that China was ready to start a war if the island declared independence.