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China ready to work for South Asia peace

The dragon is poised to play a greater role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 12:51 IST

China, poised to play a greater role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), will make concerted efforts with South Asian nations to ensure regional peace and stability, a senior official said.

Lauding the four-point guidelines granting observer status to China and Japan prepared by the SAARC Standing Committee last Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said that China would explore new ways for promoting mutually beneficial cooperation so as to seek common prosperity and development with South Asian nations.

This would "unfold a new chapter" in bilateral relations between China and SAARC, Qin said.

Noting that China and South Asian countries were friendly neighbours and had extensive common interests in safeguarding regional peace and stability, he expressed the wish that all procedures be finalised soon so that China could become a full observer at an early date.

The SAARC Standing Committee has decided in principle to

Also grant observer status to South Korea and the US.

The SAARC, which was formed in 1985, consists of seven countries - Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.