China is expected to tread softly at a meeting of Asean nations starting today, reassuring its neighbours that its growing economic might is not a threat and proposing greater regional co-operation. The highlight of the summit of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Bali will be the formal inclusion of China and India in the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation. The treaty, signed by Asean leaders in 1976, commits members to respect each other's sovereignty, renounce the threat or use of force, and seek settlement of disputes by peaceful means. It is hoped China's accession to the treaty will put to rest fears by some countries that China wants to expand its empire in the region. Premier Wen Jiabao arrived for the summit yesterday. Underscoring the importance of fostering economic ties, the Chinese delegation includes Minister of Finance Jin Renqing and Vice-Minister of Commerce Yu Guanzhou. Vice-Minister of Public Security Tian Qiyu is expected to show support for co-operation on anti-terrorism. Liao Shaolian, a professor at Xiaomen University, said China would use the summit to expand on landmark agreements signed in Phnom Penh last year.