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Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao Attends Series of East Asia Summit Senior Officials' Meetings

2022-06-10 14:38

From June 8 to 9, 2022, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) Senior Officials' Meeting, the East Asia Summit (EAS) Senior Officials' Meeting, and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Senior Officials' Meeting were held via video link respectively. Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao attended the meetings. Participants at the meetings exchanged views on the development of the mechanisms, post-pandemic recovery and international and regional issues of common concern.

Wu Jianghao said, since last year, East Asian countries have strived to overcome difficulties and promote post-pandemic recovery, injecting more stability and positive energy into the international and regional situation. In 2021, the regional economy grew by nearly 6 percent, maintaining an overall recovery momentum. The Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, put forward by President Xi Jinping in succession, have injected important impetus into the sustainable growth of the world economy, pointed the way to a new type of common security, and won warm responses from the international community. China is ready to work with other parties to enhance policy communication, deepen practical cooperation and make unremitting efforts for regional peace, stability and development.

Wu Jianghao said, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of ASEAN Plus Three cooperation, and all parties should consolidate the mechanism's role as the main channel in East Asia cooperation, improve public health governance in East Asia, promote regional economic integration, expand cooperation in digital economy, green development and industrial and supply chains, and maintain a sound development environment. The EAS should meet the aspirations of regional countries, advance political security and socio-economic development in a balanced way, form synergy in pandemic response and economic recovery, calibrate the direction of development, and uphold an open and inclusive regional cooperation architecture with ASEAN at the center. ARF member states should embrace the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, respect the social systems and development paths independently chosen by other countries, uphold true multilateralism, and safeguard the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order underpinned by international law. We need to bridge differences through dialogue and consultation, and accommodate each other's legitimate security concerns. We need to address food and energy security in a coordinated manner and combat terrorism and extremism in all its forms and manifestations.

Wu Jianghao sternly refuted the attacks and accusations made by the United States and certain participants at the meetings on issues relating to the South China Sea, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan. By enumerating facts, Wu Jianghao profoundly exposed and criticized the deplorable track records, hypocrisy and double standards of Western countries led by the United States on human rights and other issues.

All participants at the meetings supported ASEAN's centrality in regional cooperation, affirmed the mechanisms' roles in promoting post-pandemic recovery and practical cooperation, and called for deepening strategic communication, strengthening mechanism-building, and expanding practical cooperation, so as to help achieve sustainable recovery in the region. ASEAN member states, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea agreed to fully and effectively implement the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, narrow the digital divide, safeguard regional financial, food and energy security, and build a more resilient and sustainable East Asia. EAS countries pointed out the need to actively respond to regional challenges, chart the course for the summit's future development and jointly promote regional peace, stability, development and prosperity. ARF member states stressed the need to continue to promote confidence-building measures, steadily carry out preventive diplomacy and make positive contributions to the lasting peace and sustainable development in the region.

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