China welcomes neighbors' prosperity, firmly safeguards peripheral security
                 English.news.cn | 2014-02-07 21:15:29 | Editor: An

BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Recent events have demonstrated that while China sincerely share neighbors' joy in making achievements, it never hesitates to safeguard peripheral peace and security.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, he told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he came to offer his congratulations in person, as is customary for Chinese to do upon their neighbors' joyous occasions.

As the games serve as a symbol that Russia is on its way to prosperity, the attendance of the sporting event by a Chinese president signals China's support for Russia's development and stronger ties between the two countries under their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

The two neighboring nations have also worked closely on major international and regional issues, including the joint mission of escorting the shipments of Syria's chemical weapons.

The Sino-Russian relationship has set a good example of China's regional diplomacy, the core of which is to treat neighbors as friends and partners and help them to develop.

Besides Russia, the new Chinese leadership has visited more than a dozen neighboring countries to build mutual trust, deepen cooperation and seek closer integration of China's interests with those of its neighbors.

But this neighborly friendship leaves no room for threats to China's peripheral peace and security.

China welcomes the development of its neighbors, but opposes any attempt to expand power by disrupting regional peace and order.

Regrettably, for their selfish purposes, some countries in the region chose to ignore history and international law, inciting territorial disputes with China and disturbing peace and development of the Asia-Pacific region.

Recently, Japan has continuously irritated its neighbors and even U.S. allies by attempting to downplay its fascist history and revise a pacifist constitution to make overseas deployment of soldiers possible.

After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukumi Shrine that honors 14 class-A war criminals, the country disappointed the world again as Naoki Hyakuta, a member of the NHK board of governors, denied the Nanjing Massacre ever happened.

These actions and words have sent worrisome signals that political speculators in the island country are developing into rightist forces, and they have given Japan's neighbors every reason to be highly vigilant and concerned over the road Japan will take in the future.

Thus, it is necessary for China and Russia to hold activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victories in the World Anti-Fascist War and Anti-Japanese War in 2015, so as to remember history and educate future generations.

As Putin said, the Nazi forces' aggression toward European countries including the Soviet Union, and the serious crimes committed by the Japanese imperialist military in China and other Asian countries should not be forgotten.

China will never pursue development at the cost of other countries' interests. But in the wake of provocations, China has the right to adopt all measures to safeguard national security and unite with neighbors to protect regional peace.

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