Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Attended the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Made Remarks

On 11 July 2012, the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi attended and made remarks at the meeting.

At the meeting, parties spoke highly of the positive results of China-ASEAN dialogue relations over the past 20-odd years and agreed to further enhance good-neighborliness and mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and maintain the sound momentum of all-round development of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership. Parties focused their discussions on the ways and means to deepen China-ASEAN relations and reached broad consensus.

Foreign Minister Yang reaffirmed China's commitment to the path of peaceful development and its foreign policy of fostering friendship and partnership with its neighborhood. He stressed that given the continuing profound impact of the international financial crisis, China and ASEAN have common interests and responsibilities in upholding regional peace and stability and maintaining the growth momentum of Asia. The two sides should view and deal with their relations with a strategic and long-term perspective, step up strategic communication, and further advance practical cooperation to achieve win-win results. Minister Yang also made specific suggestions for China-ASEAN cooperation in economic, trade, connectivity, maritime cooperation, social, cultural and people-to-people fields. He expressed China's readiness to adjust cooperation priorities in the light of actual needs of ASEAN community building so that China-ASEAN cooperation can complement ASEAN community building.

ASEAN countries commended China's contribution to Asia's development and world economic recovery and appreciated China's long-standing support to ASEAN community building and ASEAN's centrality in East Asia cooperation. They welcomed China's intention to open its permanent mission to ASEAN in Jakarta and agreed with Minister Yang's proposals for closer China-ASEAN cooperation. They expressed their readiness to work with China to take their cooperation forward.

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