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

Topic |   Aukus alliance
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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