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Wang Yi: Step Towards a Closer China-ASEAN Community of Common Destiny
2016/07/25

On July 25, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the China-ASEAN (10+1) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Vientiane, Laos.

Wang Yi said that China and the ASEAN are strategic partners sharing weal and woe and a community of common destiny going through rise and fall together. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations. In the past 25 years, we have always adhered to mutual respect, mutual understanding, mutual trust and mutual support. Bilateral cooperation has gained fruitful results. The two sides have not only realized the miracle of sustained and rapid development, but also jointly made accomplishments in East Asian cooperation. China-ASEAN relations are standing at a critical point of linking the past and the future. We should extract experience and enlightenment from the achievements and jointly inject new impetus into the relations between the two sides. No matter how the circumstances change, we should never forget the original intention, and cherish the trust and friendship accumulated over the years as well as the hard-won sound situation of China-ASEAN cooperation. China will continue to regard the ASEAN as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy, back the construction of the ASEAN community, and support the ASEAN's central position in regional cooperation. China is willing to, together with the ASEAN, take the opportunity of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the dialogue relations to further enrich and deepen bilateral relations and step towards a closer China-ASEAN community of common destiny.

Wang Yi put forward six key tasks for China-ASEAN relations in the next stage: First, ensure the success of the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations and deliver the positive message that China and the ASEAN are committed to deepening mutual trust and cooperation and maintaining regional stability. Second, continue to promote practical cooperation, implement such outcomes as upgrading the Free Trade Area as early as possible, promote industrial transformation and upgrade, and enhance cooperation in areas such as connectivity and marine sectors, so as to forge new highlights of bilateral cooperation. Third, forge new pillars of social as well as people-to-people and cultural cooperation by prioritizing cooperation in education and tourism, so as to build new pillars for bilateral strategic partnership. Fourth, deepen political security cooperation. China reiterates that it is willing to negotiate and sign the treaty of good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation between China and ASEAN countries at an early date with the ASEAN and support the ASEAN's efforts in establishing the Southeast Asia nuclear weapon-free zone. Fifth, foster a new platform for sub-regional cooperation. China is willing to make new contribution to the integration process of the ASEAN with the help of Lancang-Mekong cooperation mechanism. Sixth, jointly safeguard peace and stability in the region. Both sides should proceed from the overall situation, focus on cooperation and properly handle differences to accelerate the construction of a closer China-ASEAN community of common destiny.

In their speeches, Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries fully affirmed the great achievements made in the 25 years since the establishment of ASEAN-China dialogue relations. They said that bilateral practical cooperation in all fields has been constantly deepening and expanding, bringing tangible benefits to the people of regional countries and making prominent contributions to maintaining regional peace and promoting regional development. China is a close friend and important strategic partner of the ASEAN. The ASEAN appreciates China's support in the construction of the ASEAN community and is willing to work with China and take the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-China dialogue relations as an opportunity to promote ASEAN-China relations for new progress on the basis of mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results. The ASEAN welcomes the joint statement on the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). The ASEAN believes that the full and effective implementation of the DOC is vital to maintaining peace and stability in the region, and encourages countries concerned to handle the differences peacefully in constructive ways and through dialogue and consultation.

In response to China's proposal, the meeting issued the Joint Statement of the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN Member States and China on the Full and Effective Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

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