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Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao Attends the ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials' Meeting and the East Asia Summit Senior Officials' Meeting

2021/06/25

On June 22 and 24, 2021, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) Senior Officials' Meeting and the East Asia Summit Senior Officials' Meeting were held via video link respectively. Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao attended the meetings. The participants had an exchange of views on the development of various mechanisms, anti-pandemic cooperation, economic recovery and international and regional issues of common concern.

Wu Jianghao stressed, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Under the leadership of the CPC, China has made historic achievements in economic and social development and is embarking on a journey to fully build a modern socialist country, which will provide a broader space for East Asia cooperation. China stands ready to work with all parties to strengthen policy communication, expand practical cooperation and achieve the common development of countries in the region. As the main channel for East Asia cooperation, the ASEAN plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) mechanism should improve regional public health response capacity, promote regional economic integration, strengthen cooperation in such areas as low-carbon transition and digital economy, and continue to enhance the overall competitiveness of East Asia. The East Asia Summit (EAS) should give full play to its advantages as a leaders-led strategic forum, commit itself to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation and jointly promoting regional peace and development, deepen anti-pandemic cooperation, boost green recovery, and maintain ASEAN centrality and an open and inclusive regional architecture. Wu Jianghao solemnly refuted the false accusations against China by individual participants on issues concerning the South China Sea, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

   

The participants reaffirmed their support for ASEAN centrality in East Asia cooperation, spoke highly of the role of various mechanisms in responding to COVID-19 and promoting regional cooperation, and called for deepening mechanism construction, strengthening anti-pandemic cooperation and achieving post-COVID recovery as soon as possible. ASEAN, China, Japan and the ROK support the process of regional economic integration and call for the expeditious ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with a view to its early entry into force and implementation. The EAS participating countries advocate actively responding to regional challenges, continuously advancing cooperation in various fields, planning the future direction of the EAS and jointly safeguarding peace and stability in the region.

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