Original Title: 30th Anniversary of China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Hard-won achievements, precious experience, and more exciting future Source: CCTV News Client
Today (9th) afternoon, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin presided over a regular press conference. A reporter asked: We have noticed that China has issued the “Dual Chairperson Statement of the Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations.” Can China introduce the relevant situation? What is your comment on this special foreign minister?
Wang Wenbin introduced that the special foreign ministers’ meeting to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN will be held in Chongqing, China on June 7, 2021. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi conducted extensive and in-depth exchanges with ASEAN foreign ministers and ASEAN Secretary-General on deepening political mutual trust between China and ASEAN under the current situation, advancing cooperation in anti-epidemic and recovery, and promoting the quality and upgrading of bilateral relations, and reached important consensus. After the meeting, we issued the Co-Chairman’s Statement of the Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Dialogue Relations between China and ASEAN. The statement was rich in content and reiterated that both sides are committed to pushing China-ASEAN relations to a new height, adhering to multilateralism, and supporting ASEAN’s regional structure. China’s central position and other principles and positions, and make plans for cooperation in various fields such as the fight against the epidemic, economic recovery, and sustainable development.
Wang Wenbin said that he would like to share a few points with you here: First, the meeting is held at the right time and is of special significance. Over the past 30 years, China-ASEAN dialogue relations have achieved leapfrog development and milestone results, which have become an important pillar of regional peace, stability, development and prosperity. Under the current severe global epidemic and the complex and volatile international situation, the two sides convened this special foreign ministers’ meeting to reiterate their commitment to further deepen bilateral relations, jointly cope with challenges, and focus on discussing plans for the next specific cooperation, which released China-ASEAN solidarity. The positive signals of cooperation and joint maintenance of regional peace, stability, development and prosperity have strengthened the determination and confidence of the countries in the region to overcome difficulties and seek common development.
Second, the achievements are hard to come by, and the experience is precious. The meeting reviewed and summarized the development experience and achievements of the relationship between the two parties. In the past 30 years, China-ASEAN cooperation in the three major areas of political security, economics and trade, and society and humanities has yielded fruitful results, becoming the largest trading partner, the most connotative partner, and the most dynamic strategic partner. This is due to the fact that both parties always put each other first in their foreign relations; always put people first and focus on pragmatic cooperation; always uphold the spirit of partnership and work together to deal with major challenges; always adhere to open development and achieve mutual benefit and win-win; always take the overall situation as the It’s important to put the differences in place.
At the 30th anniversary, a key point in the past, we have learned valuable experience from history and will inject lasting impetus into the better and more stable development of the relationship between the two sides. The quality of the relationship between the two parties has been improved and there is much to be done. The Chinese side emphasized at the meeting that China is accelerating the construction of a new development pattern, which will provide countries in the world including ASEAN countries with a larger market, more opportunities, and stronger functions. China has put forward six suggestions on jointly achieving, maintaining, and developing East Asian regional cooperation in the next 30 years, building a higher level of China-ASEAN strategic partnership, and building a closer community of shared destiny, including deepening the fight against the epidemic. Cooperation, promoting economic recovery, improving the level of relations, reaching the “South China Sea Code of Conduct” as soon as possible, persisting in upholding multilateralism, and jointly promoting Asian values have all received positive responses from ASEAN countries. It is believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, China-ASEAN relations will continue to reach a new level and usher in the next more exciting 30 years.