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Wang Yi: to increase strategic communication and promote regional cooperation
2014/08/12

On August 10, 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Wang Yi said that over the past one year, the EAS has acquired more influence and played a bigger role in promoting strategic dialogues among members and cooperation in six key areas, namely energy, environmental protection, finance, education, public health, disaster management and connectivity.

Wang Yi said that next year marks the 10th anniversary of the EAS. We should be forward-looking and take the opportunity to push for greater achievements of the EAS. First, we need to adhere to the nature of the EAS as a leaders-led strategic forum, have open-minded exchange of views on strategic issues that are of regional and global influence on an equal footing, seek for consensus, mutual understanding and mutual trust, so as to make positive contributions to regional peace, stability and development. Second, we need to support ASEAN centrality, support the leading role of ASEAN in East Asia cooperation, support ASEAN in building communities of political security, economy, society and culture as planned, and support ASEAN's constructive role in advancing the EAS. Third, we need to promote cooperation in development, stick fast to the theme of development, work to narrow down disparities between countries in the region in terms of development and strive for common development. Fourth, we need to uphold peace and stability, respect the social system and development approach independently chosen by each and every country, oppose external interference and use of sanctions at every turn. High attention should be paid to increasing cooperation against non-traditional security threats, such as natural disasters, terrorism and cross-border crimes.

Wang Yi stated that China attaches importance to practical cooperation in key areas and other aspects of the EAS and hopes that the Summit will lead to development of the region. First, we hope that the Summit will serve as a boost to regional integrity, rally efforts to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, promote infrastructure connectivity, upgrade economic cooperation and trade, and expand industrial investment and financial cooperation. China welcomes more and more regional countries' engagement in the preparation for the establishment of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB and the existing financial institutions of the region, such as the Bank of Asia will complement and reinforce each other. Second, we hope that the Summit will accelerate the realization of regional free trade, move forward the process of negotiations on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Trans-pacific Economic Partnership (TPP) and Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), and ensure that the aforementioned free trade arrangements will run in parallel as a complementary to each other. Third, we hope that the Summit will help increase cooperation in non-traditional security fields, such as climate change, disaster management and campaigns against the smuggling of wild-life. China supports cooperation by countries in the region against the epidemic of Ebola and calls for an emergency assistance to Africa. China has sent the second batch of goods for medical relief with the worth of 30 million RMB to countries concerned in West Africa. The Chinese medical team is doing all it can on the ground to fight against the epidemic. Fourth, the Summit should facilitate discussions on the security architecture of the region. China upholds the Asian security concept, featuring common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security. We have reached agreement with ASEAN on the signing of the Protocol of the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone, supports the proposal of a Declaration on the Principles of Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific initiated by Russia. Fifth, we hope that the Summit will help step up non-governmental communication between think tanks. China is ready to join other countries in improving the think tank network and strengthening the connection between the Boao Forum for Asia and the EAS.

Other foreign ministers to the meeting said that the EAS, which is a leaders-led strategic forum has increased dialogue and mutual trust of the region and promoted cooperation in six key areas, delivering tangible benefits to people of all countries. All parties should seize the opportunity to rise up to challenges with concerted efforts, take concrete steps to implement agreements reached and proposals initiated and carry forward cooperation so as to make the EAS a greater contributor to regional peace, development and stability.

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