|Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting Held in Beijing|
On Aug. 29, 2013, the Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Suraporn Tovichakchaikul co-chaired the meeting. Comprehensive and in-depth views on deepening China-ASEAN relations have been exchanged and important consensus has been reached.
Wang Yi said, the new Chinese government attaches great importance to ASEAN, and will always give China-ASEAN relations the priority in its relations with neighbouring countries, deepen strategic partnership and join hands with ASEAN, to safeguard the peace and stability in the region including the South China Sea, and to well manage problems through friendly consultation. At the same time, China will continue to support ASEAN to grow, to build the ASEAN community, and its centrality in East Asia cooperation. Hope that China and ASEAN will take the 10th anniversary of the establishment of strategic partnership as an opportunity to sum up experience, to plan for the future, will adhere to the good-neighborly friendship, focus on the development and cooperation, join the efforts to build a better future for China-ASEAN relations.
Foreign Ministers of ASEAN countries said that ASEAN-China relations are based on mutual respect, mutual trust, equality and mutual benefit, and are the most dynamic, creative and fruitful relations between ASEAN and its dialogue partners. Over the past ten years since the establishment of strategic partnership, China and ASEAN have formed good-neighborly friendship and mutual trust in politics, mutual benefit and reciprocity in economy, and mutual understanding and intimacy among peoples and in culture, and have played an important role in peace, prosperity and stability of the region and the world. The dreams of ASEAN countries are closely connected with the Chinese dreams, supplementing each other. A strong China on peaceful development and enjoying good-neighborly friendship with neighbouring countries is a blessing for the ASEAN countries, and in line with the interests of all parties concerned.
The two sides agreed that China-ASEAN relations have great potential for development, huge space for cooperation, and the rare opportunities for win-win results. Under the background of the global financial crisis, both sides should further enhance mutual trust, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, jointly cope with challenges, and keep on enriching the contents of the bilateral strategic partnership.
The two sides agreed on the following: First, to further strengthen coordination and cooperation and to well prepare for the upcoming 16th China-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting, ensuring the complete success of the meeting. Second, to further strengthen the government and non-government exchanges at all levels, especially the friendly exchanges between the people on both sides, in order to increase mutual understanding and trust, and to cement the public and social foundation for good-neighbourly friendship. Third, to continue to push forward regional economic integration, to expand the open markets to each other, to promote liberalization and facilitation in trade and investment, and to build an upgraded version of China-ASEAN free trade area (CAFTA). Both sides will also push forward the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Fourth, to make plans for building the regional connectivity, to confirm and implement major cooperation projects as soon as possible, for realizing the three-dimensional connectivity in land, sea, air and network. At the same time, to discuss the establishment of a financing platform for Asia's connectivity, and to support the infrastructure construction of the region, especially of the ASEAN countries. Fifth, to make good use of China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund, and to create a pattern of comprehensive maritime cooperation at various levels, making maritime cooperation a new highlight in China-ASEAN cooperation. Sixth, to continue to carry out exchanges and dialogues in the fields of security and defense, to push forward the setting up of the new regional security concept, with common security, cooperative security as the core. Meanwhile, to strengthen non-traditional security cooperation in the fields of disaster prevention, disaster relief, and combating transnational crimes. Seventh, to strengthen coordination, to actively get involved in the international and regional affairs, and to jointly safeguard the just and legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.
The two sides announced that the Sixth China-ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting and 9th Joint Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) will be held in Suzhou, China from Sept. 14 to 15. The meeting will conduct discussions on comprehensively and effectively carrying out the DOC and strengthening practical maritime cooperation, and hold consultations on the "Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC)" under the framework of the DOC.