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Najib: Asian countries shouldn't choose
Asia should foster cooperation between the US, the world's military superpower, and emerging power China in order to tackle regional security problems such as human trafficking, terrorism, drug smuggling and nuclear proliferation, Najib Razak said in Singapore at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security conference.
'China is our partner and the US is also our partner,' Mr Najib said in a speech. 'It's not about taking sides.'
'We must replace the old bilateralism of the Cold War, not with a new bilateralism, but with a multilateralism that can rise to the task ahead.'
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates met on Friday in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart, General Liang Guanglie, amid recent signs of warming relations between the two countries.
China's army chief of staff met with top US military officials last month in Washington, and China for the first time chose to send its defence minister to the Singapore conference, now in its 10th year.
Mr. Gates will deliver a speech on Saturday while Gen Liang will address the conference on Sunday.
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