On May 1, 2013, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Suraporn Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, in the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the following press conference, Wang talked about the three adherences in China's ASEAN policy.
When asked why choosing ASEAN countries as the destination of his first official visit as foreign minister, Wang said China always attaches great importance to cementing friendly cooperative ties with the bloc, an important close neighbor. "It showcases that China's new leadership highly values its relations with ASEAN," he said. The foreign minister said China-ASEAN relations now stand on a new starting point which will usher in more new opportunities. Wang said China's new leadership will adhere to prioritizing the good-neighborly and friendly cooperation with ASEAN in its peripheral diplomacy, adhere to consolidating strategic partnership with ASEAN and adhere to conducting friendly consultations and mutually beneficial cooperation to properly handle differences and problems with some members of the bloc. Both sides should seize the opportunity, eliminate interference and promote the China-ASEAN relations to a new level. China hopes and believes that Thailand, as the country coordinator of China-ASEAN relations, will play its unique and important role in this regard.