China calls on US to avoid undermining peace in Asia ahead of Biden’s trip to Vietnam

Beijing: The United States should avoid undermining peace in Asia and refrain from targeting any third party in developing relations with the nations in the region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Monday, days before US President Joe Biden is set to visit Vietnam.
In mid-August, Politico reported that Biden is expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Vietnam during his visit to Hanoi in mid-September in an effort to bring the two nations closer amid rising tensions with China.
“In our view, in handling relations with Asian countries, the US needs to give up the zero sum game and Cold War mentality, observe the basic norms governing international relations, refrain from targeting any third party, and avoid undermining regional peace, stability, development and prosperity”, Mao told a daily briefing when asked about Biden’s upcoming trip to Vietnam and the possible upgrade of diplomatic ties between the countries.
Last week, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said that Biden would visit Hanoi on September 10 to meet with Nguyen Phu Trong, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and discuss ways to further deepen cooperation between Washington and Hanoi as well as explore opportunities to promote Vietnamese technology-based economy, expand people-to-people ties through education exchanges, combat climate change and enhance regional peace and stability.

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