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Wang Yi Attends the Sixth East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On July 26, 2016 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the sixth East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Vientiane of Laos.

Wang Yi stated that the EAS is now standing at the new starting point and stepping towards new goals as this year marks the beginning of the second decade for the summit. China believes that several principles should be upheld to ensure a steady and sustained development of the summit:

First, we should stick to the established development direction of the summit. Participants of the summit should stick to its nature of a "leaders-led strategic forum", adhere to ASEAN's central role in the EAS, and insist on the "ASEAN way" which includes reaching agreements through consensus and accommodating the comfort level of all parties, so as to continuously advance cooperation in key areas.

Second, we should focus on development and cooperation. Against the background of sluggish global economic growth and mounting downward pressure on regional economy, development is the most common concern of countries in the region. We should firmly stick to the theme of development, well implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, accelerate the construction of free trade areas and strive to narrow differences of development within the region so as to promote common development.

Third, we should cooperate to tackle non-traditional security challenges. At present, increasing threats posed by terrorism and other non-traditional security issues in the region have become a common challenge confronting regional countries. We must stay on high-alert, synergize forces and step up joint efforts to curb the sprawling momentum of extremist terrorism.

Fourth, we should improve regional security architecture. As a strategic forum, the EAS should conduct in-depth discussion on innovating security concepts, improving the security architecture, integrating existing visions on the security architecture and building a new type of regional security architecture that reflects regional reality and meets the demands of various sides. The Chinese side is willing to strengthen dialogue and exchanges with all parties so as to make its due contribution to improving regional security architecture.

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