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Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui Holds a Video Meeting with Philippine Deputy Foreign Minister Elizabeth Buensuceso

2020/10/29

On October 29, 2020, Vice Foreign Minister and China's senior official in charge of East Asia cooperation affairs Luo Zhaohui held a video meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister and ASEAN SOM Leader of the Philippines Elizabeth Buensuceso. They exchanged views on the preparations for the series of leaders' meetings on East Asia cooperation.

Luo Zhaohui said, China appreciates the contribution of the Philippines, as the country Coordinator of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, to promoting the development of ASEAN-China relations and East Asia cooperation, and is willing to work with the Philippines to hold the series of leaders' meetings on East Asia Cooperation in mid-November and deepen regional cooperation for more tangible outcomes.

Luo Zhaohui said COVID-19 is still raging throughout the world, dragging the global economy into a serious recession. The U.S. vigorously promotes the "Indo-Pacific Strategy", while the "quadrilateral mechanism" involving the U.S., Japan, India and Australia deals a blow to regional cooperation, threatening the central status of ASEAN and posing a challenge to East Asia cooperation. Against this backdrop, countries in the region should: first, firm up confidence because confidence is more important than gold. We should relieve the dual stress from the spread of COVID-19 and the economic decline, firmly uphold the banner of multilateralism, and push forward the process of regional economic integration. Second, enhance unity because cross-border issues need to be resolved through cross-border cooperation. We should hold on the thinking of a community with a shared future featuring the spirit of "lands apart, sky shared" and help each other in times of difficulty to jointly address unconventional cross-border security challenges, including in the area of public health. Third, focus on development because it serves the common interests of countries and people in the region. We should make efforts to ensure the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement as scheduled, spur the connectivity of the Belt and Road Initiative with development strategies of different countries, maintain the stability of supply and industrial chains, and help with East Asia's economic recovery. Fourth, resolve differences properly and remove external interferences. We should follow such effective principles as putting ASEAN at the center, reaching consensus through negotiation, accommodating the comfort level of all parties and not introducing bilateral disputes into multilateral occasions, oppose the Cold War mentality and interference in other's internal affairs, continue to adopt the "dual-track" approach to resolve South China Sea issues properly, effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea across the board, maintain the momentum of consultations on entering into a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, and jointly maintain regional peace and stability. Luo Zhaohui also expressed his views on the outcome documents of the series of meetings.

Elizabeth spoke positively of the progress made in the Philippines-China comprehensive strategic cooperation and highly appreciated China's contribution to promoting the development of ASEAN-China relations and regional cooperation. She said, ASEAN shares China's view that all parties should build up confidence, work in unity and focus on cooperation in the current context. ASEAN does not want to be caught in superpower games or become a tug-of-war arena for superpower competition. The Philippines is willing to play its role as a coordinator, communicate closely with all parties, including China, expedite preparations for the outcomes, properly handle sensitive issues such as the South China Sea issues, promote the smooth convening of the meetings and ensure that East Asia cooperation moves in the right direction.

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