11/20/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2021 06:01
On November 20, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered video remarks at the Global Town Hall, briefing on the China-ASEAN cooperation.
Wang Yi said, as we speak, against the backdrop of evolving international landscape, the Asia-Pacific region faces two very different trends. One focuses on mutually beneficial cooperation, and advocates joint efforts for shared development, revitalization, peace and stability in the region. And the other seeks to stoke estrangement and division, incite conflict and confrontation, and build political and military blocs. Clearly, the first trend meets the shared aspiration and common interests of all countries in the region. The latter will severely undermine the hard-won peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific, and therefore should be firmly resisted by us all.
Wang Yi said, the Asia-Pacific, in particular the most dynamic East Asia, is already blessed with a mature regional cooperation framework. There is the regional cooperation platform with ASEAN at its center and largely supported by ASEAN's partnerships. Among those partnerships, China's dialogue partnership with ASEAN has all along been a pioneer and a good example in regional cooperation. China supports ASEAN's community building, supports ASEAN centrality in regional architecture, and supports ASEAN in playing an even bigger role in the Asia-Pacific region.
Wang Yi said, we have taken note that ASEAN has independently put forth its own Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, highlighting that it will uphold the concepts such as openness, transparency, inclusivity, equality, mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit, and keep to the important principles of respect for sovereignty and non-intervention. These concepts and principles are compatible with the purposes of the UN Charter, and align with the thinking behind China's foreign policy. China and ASEAN have engaged in productive cooperation on maritime affairs, connectivity, sustainable development and economy, four priority areas that ASEAN has proposed. We are prepared to further deepen cooperation in these areas.
Wang Yi said, in two days, China and ASEAN will convene a special summit to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations. The meeting will be an important milestone. President Xi Jinping will attend in person and together with leaders of ASEAN countries, review the major achievements and useful experience in China-ASEAN relations over the past three decades. The leaders will make plans and chart the course forward for future progress. The summit will further help strengthen and upgrade China-ASEAN relations, making new strides to build a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future. It will also make new and greater contributions to peace, stability and prosperity in the region.