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Wang Yi Attends Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On June 14, 2016, the Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Yuxi, Yunnan. Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan of Singapore, the coordinating state of China-ASEAN relations, co-chaired the meeting.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. China and the ASEAN have formed a community of highly-interwoven interest and are becoming a community of common responsibility sharing weal and woe. In the future, the two sides will become a closer community with common destiny. Having surpassed the bilateral scope, China-ASEAN relations have made great contributions to regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, exerting regional and global significance.

Wang Yi pointed out that China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development, firmly maintain regional peace and stability, and staunchly support the ASEAN Community construction and the central position of the ASEAN in regional cooperation. China is willing to, together with the ASEAN, examine bilateral relations from the strategic height and a long-term perspective and enlarge consensus and cooperation to create a brighter future together.

Both sides should well host the commemoration summit of the 25th anniversary, summarize the development achievements of bilateral relations, guide the direction of future development, and devote themselves to jointly building the China-ASEAN community of common destiny.

Both sides should deepen cooperation in political security and consolidate strategic mutual trust. The two sides should strengthen high-level contacts, deepen strategic communication and discuss on the signing of the Treaty of Good Neighborly and Friendly Cooperation between China and ASEAN Countries, so as to provide legal and institutional guarantee for the long-term development of bilateral relations. The two sides should also continue advancing exchanges and cooperation in military security.

Both sides should dovetail development strategies and support the construction of the ASEAN Community. China is making efforts to achieve its "two centenary goals" and the ASEAN is actively advancing the implementation of ASEAN Community Vision 2025. Both sides should strengthen the docking of the two development strategies to achieve common development. The two sides should advance implementation of the "2+7 cooperation framework", the third Action Plan on China-ASEAN strategic partnership and the "Belt and Road" initiative to deepen interest integration. China welcomes other ASEAN countries to support and participate in Lancang-Mekong cooperation.

Both sides should put emphasis on such fields as education and tourism and strengthen social and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so as to build a new pillar for bilateral relations.

Both sides should resolve differences in a proper manner and jointly maintain regional peace and stability. Both sides should cherish the hard-won peace and stability in this region since the end of the Cold War and stick to dealing with complex and sensitive issues through friendly negotiations while strengthening cooperation and jointly tackling security challenges.

Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries said that since the establishment of ASEAN-China dialogue relations 25 years ago, the two sides have enjoyed the most substantial, mutually beneficial and positive bilateral relations among the relations between the ASEAN and all its partner countries. Both ASEAN and China have bright development prospects, and the two sides are increasingly dependent on each other. Enhancing ASEAN-China relations, therefore, conforms to the common interests of the two sides. To mark the milestone of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the dialogue relations, the ASEAN is willing to join efforts with China to constantly increase mutual trust, strengthen practical cooperation on such fields as trade, investment, connectivity, infrastructure, and agriculture, promote people-to-people exchanges on culture, education, tourism and other aspects, jointly cope with traditional, and non-traditional security challenges, and reinforce cooperation in international and regional affairs so as to push for greater development of ASEAN-China relations, bring benefits to both peoples, and make new contributions to regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

The two sides reiterated that China and ASEAN countries should jointly safeguard peace and stability of the South China Sea. Both sides need to comprehensively, effectively and completely implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, carry out practical maritime cooperation, and vigorously promote the negotiation over a code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) so as to reach the COC on the basis of consensus at an early date.

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