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China’s Xi offers to reduce friction over hotspots

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China’s Xi offers to reduce friction over hotspots

/ 03:32 PM April 07, 2013

Xi Jinping. AFP FILE PHOTO

BOAO, China — With pressure growing on Beijing to get tough on North Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping says no one country should be allowed to upset world peace.

In a speech to a regional business forum in southern China on Sunday, Xi said Beijing will play a constructive role in reducing tensions over regional hotspots.

Xi did not offer any concrete plans for how to deal with neighbor North Korea, which has elevated regional tensions through war-like rhetoric and missile deployments in recent weeks. Xi did not even name any country when he said that no one should be allowed to create chaos for selfish gains.

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Ambiguity aside, Xi’s speech at the China-sponsored Boao Forum for Asia marks an effort to strike an active, cooperative posture to calm regional tensions.

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