In a regular press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lijian Zhao acknowledged that the US has faced “various challenges” to its plans to host a summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) later this week.
Zhao said Beijing welcomed countries outside the region playing a positive role in promoting peace and development, according to China’s state-run daily Global Times.
“Any action aimed at undermining” peace and stability is not acceptable, he added.
The ASEAN-US Special Summit will begin on Thursday in Washington, DC.
The Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the current ASEAN chair, departed for Washington on Tuesday to attend and co-chair the summit.
Sen’s office announced that he was visiting at the invitation of President Joe Biden.
ASEAN Leaders will also meet with American business leaders regarding economic cooperation. ASEAN Leaders will also meet with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and US cabinet secretaries regarding climate action, clean energy and sustainable infrastructure, the statement said.
Biden, Harris, and other officials are expected to meet with leaders of ASEAN countries in Washington.