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Zhang Gaoli Meets with Leaders of ASEAN Countries Attending the Eleventh China-ASEAN Expo
2014/09/15

On September 15, 2014, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met respectively with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit of Laos, Vice President U Nyan Tun of Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn of Thailand, and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh of Viet Nam, who came to attend the eleventh China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.

When meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Zhang Gaoli extended welcome to him for visiting China and representing Singapore as the Country of Honor to attend the China-ASEAN Expo and conveyed the warm greetings of Premier Li Keqiang to him. Zhang Gaoli said President Tony Tan Keng Yam, during his visit to China last month, has reached important consensus with President Xi Jinping on promoting the development of China-Singapore relations. The Chinese side is looking forward to making concerted efforts with the Singaporean side and taking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the two countries next year as an opportunity to make macro planning and scientific guidance, to steadily promote practical cooperation and to tap new growth points of cooperation, so as to push China-Singapore relations to advance with the times.

Lee Hsien Loong said the Singapore-China bilateral relations have witnessed sound development. The Singaporean side is willing to work with China to integrate connectivity with modern service industry and to establish a new Singapore-China inter-governmental cooperation project in western China, so as to jointly promote the development of the area.

When he met with Hun Sen, Zhang Gaoli said Cambodia is a close, friendly and important neighbor of China. The two countries boast high-level political trust and always maintain mutual understanding, mutual trust, and mutual support. The Chinese side will firmly adhere to friendly policy towards Cambodia, implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, further tap potentials and fully push forward the bilateral practical cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and other fields. China supports Cambodian government and people in their further pursuit of the independent development path and is willing to work with Cambodia to address the challenges and to push forward the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Hun Sen, on behalf of the Cambodian side, extended the gratitude to the Chinese side for its selfless assistance and expressed the willingness to work with the Chinese side to deepen mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation in various fields and promote the bilateral relations to continuously make new progress.

When he met with Bounnhang, Zhang Gaoli expressed his thanks to all circles of Laos for their donations to the earthquake stricken area in Ludian, Yunnan. Zhang Gaoli said the traditional friendship between China and Laos becomes even firmer as time goes by. China and Laos have increasingly become an integral whole with a common destiny, which shares interests and development. During their respective visit to China this year, President Choummaly Sayasone and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong have reached important consensus on the development of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a new situation with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. The Chinese side is willing to maintain close high-level communication and promote bilateral practical cooperation in fields such as railways, resources and energy, and economy and trade and in local level, for the benefits of both peoples.

Bounnhang said that China-Laos cooperation in economic, trade and investment areas has played an important role in the economic and social development of Laos. The Lao Party and government are ready to continuously push bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation to a new level.

When meeting with Nyan Tun, Zhang Gaoli said that the China-Myanmar "Paukphawā€¯ friendship enjoys a long history. The bilateral relations have made significant progress this year. The two sides should continue to strengthen cooperation, step up efforts to implement the important consensus reached by the two leaders, unswervingly safeguard each other's core interests, and carry forward the fine tradition of bilateral cooperation. The two sides should also expand and deepen practical cooperation in various fields, promote cooperation in connectivity to achieve greater development and upgrade China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic cooperation level. He hoped Myanmar, as the rotating presidency of the ASEAN, will continue to play its positive and constructive role in China-ASEAN overall cooperation.

Nyan Tun said Myanmar attaches great importance to Myanmar-China relations, and regards China as Myanmar's good neighbor. Myanmar is willing to actively promote bilateral friendly cooperation and to promote the constant development of ASEAN-China relations.

When meeting with Tanasak, Zhang Gaoli said China attaches great importance to developing the friendly relationship with Thailand and will respect the Thai people's choice as always. China is ready to further strengthen communication and coordination with the new Thai government to carry forward the China-Thailand friendship, to deepen strategic mutual trust, and to take the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-Thailand diplomatic relationship next year as an opportunity to push the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a higher level. The two sides should promote economic and trade cooperation to achieve more practical results, focus on pushing forward railway, law-enforcement and security cooperation and expanding culture, education, science and technology and local-level cooperation, and consolidate the public support for bilateral friendship.

Tanasak said that peoples of Thailand and China are as dear to each other as members of one family. The bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation develops smoothly. As the coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, the Thai side hopes to actively promote the ASEAN-China exchanges and cooperation to reach a new height.

During a meeting with Pham Binh Minh, Zhang Gaoli said that it is of special significance for China and Viet Nam to strengthen unity and cooperation, to seek common development and to advance the cause of socialism. China is willing to earnestly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two parties, to always uphold the overall direction of good-neighborly friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation, and to properly handle problems encountered in the development process of the bilateral relations so as to promote China-Viet Nam relations to develop on a healthy and stable track. China sincerely hopes Viet Nam will pay attention to China's major concerns. Both sides should meet each other half way to promote China-Viet Nam comprehensive strategic cooperation so as to bring the two peoples tangible benefits.

Pham Binh Minh said Viet Nam cherishes the friendship between the two parities and the two countries, is ready to work with China to actively implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, properly deal with differences and promote greater development of the bilateral relations on the existing basis.

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