DWNews.com, an New York based Chinese news portal, published an article on the recent Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) which was held in Shanghai on May 20 to 21. The article stated that Xi Jinping took the CICA as a platform to implement his strategy to reduce the U.S.’ influence in Asia. Xi stated at the summit that Asia’s affairs need to be taken care of by Asians; Asia’s problems need to be taken care of by Asians; and Asia’s security needs to be taken care of by Asians.
The article further explained that the reason Xi picked the CICA instead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to send this message is because the SCO, which is led by China and Russia, already has a strong anti-U.S. flavor. It would be too sensitive to use the SCO as the platform to send such a message. CICA, which Kazakhstan initiated, has a much wider participation (26 countries, including all six of the SCO member countries).
Source: Dwnews.com, May 24, 2014