Vietnam says it welcomes peacekeeping efforts in Asia-Pacific

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Vietnam welcomes efforts to contribute to improving the peace and development of the Asia Pacific region, VnExpress quoted foreign ministry's spokesman as saying Friday. 

Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' press briefing on Thursday when asked about Vietnam's view on the recently-announced US military strategy.

Announced by President Barack Obama on January 5, the strategy will shift its focus to the Asia Pacific for the region's security and prosperity.

"Peace, stability and development are the shared wish of the regional countries. ["¦] Vietnam will cooperate with other countries for these purposes," Nghi said.

Since it was announced, the new US military strategy has provoked mixed responses. While China's state media has expressed concerns and criticisms about the plan, other countries like Japan and India have welcomed it, saying that it will give Asia more options, according to the VnExpress report.

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