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Assistant Foreign Minister Qian Hongshan Attends and Addresses ASEM Media Dialogue on Connectivity

2016/05/10

On the morning of May 9, 2016, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Media Dialogue on Connectivity opened in Guangzhou. The dialogue was jointly hosted by the Foreign Ministry and State Council Information Office, and organized by the Guangzhou Municipal Government. Nearly 200 representatives from media, governments, think tanks and business circles of all parties from Asia and Europe attended the dialogue.

Assistant Foreign Minister Qian Hongshan, Deputy Director of the State Council Information Office Guo Weimin, Mayor of Guangzhou Wen Guohui and Consultant of Mongolia's Organizing Committee of the ASEM Summit Mendsaikhany Enkhsaikhan attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches.

In his speech, Qian Hongshan said that the ASEM has played a significant role in promoting Asia-Europe dialogue and communication, maintaining regional prosperity and stability, and tackling global challenges cooperatively since its establishment 20 years ago. At present, the Eurasian continent is facing new risks and challenges. All parties from Asia and Europe should firmly stick to the sense of community of common destiny, advocate unity and cooperation and jointly plan another better decade for the ASEM.

Qian Hongshan said that to achieve connectivity is both the original intention and future focus of the ASEM, and it is an increasingly solidified consensus among the ASEM parties. The ASEM is fully competent in becoming the guider to promote cooperation in connectivity. China has always been an advocator, promoter and builder of connectivity. President Xi Jinping proposed the "Belt and Road" initiative to have close cooperation with relevant countries and regions. While taking the lead in actions at bilateral level, China also actively participates in and promotes connectivity cooperation under various multilateral mechanisms. The ASEM has always been an important platform which China attaches importance to, holds expectation to and takes an active part in. Premier Li Keqiang called for closer cooperation in connectivity at the tenth ASEM Summit of Heads of State and Government and received positive response from all parties.

Qian Hongshan said that connectivity aims to establish a wide-ranging and multi-dimensional network as well as a vibrant and open system that pools wisdom from all. Connectivity cooperation requires mobilizing wide participation from governments, enterprises, media and think tanks in order to play their respective roles, carry out multilateral cooperation and forge partnership. China expects closer interactions among Asian and European media, and hopes that the media can boost Asia-Europe connectivity and become a promoter of Asia-Europe cooperation on a larger scale and at higher levels.

The ASEM Media Dialogue on Connectivity is the third activity held with the subject of connectivity under the framework of the ASEM by China, after the 2014 ASEM Think-Tank Symposium on Connectivity in Shanghai and 2015 ASEM Industry Dialogue on Connectivity in Chongqing.

With the theme of "Promoting Public Awareness and Partnership", the Media Dialogue aims at setting up platforms and advancing joint participation of all circles including the media to mobilize wider support for the ASEM and Asia-Europe cooperation in connectivity. China's initiative has won active response and support from ASEM parties. Bangladesh, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Singapore are co-sponsors of the Dialogue.

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