Vastavam web: China will play a constructive role in resolving regional hotspot issues and promote settling disputes through talks, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said amid the country’s territorial and maritime disputes with neighbours.Wang also said China would also cement friendship and cooperation with neighbouring countries and developing countries. Wang’s comments came amid China’s maritime disputes with its South China Sea neighbours. China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including islands more than 800 miles from the Chinese mainland, despite objections from neighbours such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
Wang said China would further promote the Belt and Road Initiative in 2018, and implement the consensus reached at the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held in Beijing in May 2017. The BRI also included the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which India opposed as it goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”China will deepen its global partnership network in 2018, and is committed to building a major-country framework featuring stability and balanced development,” Wang was quoted as saying by the official media.