China cautions Asian nations against becoming “Chess Pieces” for super powers China has called for the region to be protected from foreign interventions and urged nations in southeast Asia to refrain from being used as “chess pieces” by Western powers.
Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, claimed that many nations in the area are being forced to choose sides in power struggles while speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat in Jakarta on Monday.
He emphasised that we need to protect this region from coercion, great power competition, and geopolitical calculations that could result in it being utilised as chess pieces.
Western powers have traditionally courted Southeast Asian nations for their hegemonic objectives due to the region’s strategic importance.
Wang emphasised that “the destiny of our region should be in our own hands” and cautioned that geopolitical events run the risk of reshaping the region.
Wang’s comments followed the G20 conference of foreign ministers in Bali, when the Chinese foreign minister met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for five hours; both described their face-to-face discussions as “candid.”
Wang stated on Monday, in reference to Beijing’s relations with the US government, that both parties in the Asia-Pacific area should respect each other’s legitimate rights and interests rather than attempting to restrict or contain the other side.
The key components, according to Wang, are to promote ASEAN centrality, uphold the current regional corporation framework, and respect one another’s apolitical legitimate rights and interests.