Chinese President Xi Jinping also pledged to upgrade relations with Asean during a virtual summit on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping also pledged to upgrade relations with Asean during a virtual summit on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

China backs nuclear weapon-free zone in Southeast Asia in move to ‘contain Aukus’

  • President Xi Jinping told Asean leaders that Beijing is willing to sign protocol to the treaty ‘as early as possible’
  • It has indicated it will do so for more than two decades, and observers say the security alliance could speed up the process

Chinese President Xi Jinping also pledged to upgrade relations with Asean during a virtual summit on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping also pledged to upgrade relations with Asean during a virtual summit on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
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