BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will never seek hegemony no matter how strong it becomes.

Xi made comments as he played host to the leaders of India and Burma at a time China is locked in territorial disputes with several neighboring countries including India, and is challenging U.S. regional power.

Xi, Myanmar President Thein Sein and Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari on Saturday commemorated 60 years since their countries agreed to principles of peaceful coexistence.

At the same time, Xi called for “a new architecture of Asia-Pacific security.” He has said previously that such a security arrangement would include Russia and Iran and exclude the United States.

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