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Wang Yi: Continuously Elevate China-ASEAN Relations to New Levels

On August 3, 2016, when jointly meeting the press after his talks with Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith of Laos, Foreign Minister Wang Yi talked about China-ASEAN relations, expressing that China will join efforts with all ASEAN countries to elevate China-ASEAN relations to a new level.

Wang Yi expressed that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, which is of great significance of inheriting the past and ushering in the future in the development of bilateral relations. Always regarding the ASEAN as a priority of its neighboring diplomacy, China firmly supports the construction of the ASEAN community, supports the ASEAN's central position in regional cooperation and supports it to play a greater role in international and regional affairs. China is speeding up the preparation for the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations to be held this September with all ASEAN countries including Laos, and striving to issue the Commemorative Summit Joint Statement and the Joint Statement on China-ASEAN Production Capacity Cooperation as well as adopt the 5-year action plan of China-ASEAN education exchanges at that time. China has proposed to set 2017 as the Year of China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation to further enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation in the hope of forging a new pillar of bilateral cooperation. The Chinese side will also fully support Laos to make the series of leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation a success.

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