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Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao Attends ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials' Meeting

2021/07/02

On June 29, 2021, Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao attended the ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials' Meeting via video link. All parties exchanged views on anti-pandemic cooperation, the development of the Forum mechanism, and international and regional issues of common interest.

Wu Jianghao first introduced China's views on cooperation and mechanism building of the Forum, stressed all parties should continue to deepen anti-pandemic cooperation and promote the accessibility and affordability of vaccines under the current circumstances; work together to address emerging challenges such as cyber security and climate change; uphold ASEAN centrality in regional cooperation and improve an open and inclusive regional architecture; embrace the consensus-based principle and maintain the right direction of the Forum.

Wu Jianghao stated China's position on regional hotspot issues such as the situation in Myanmar and on the Korean Peninsula, solemnly refuted groundless accusations of a handful of countries on China, and emphasized the issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan are China's internal affairs that allow no foreign interference. He pointed out, China and ASEAN countries are committed to full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, and advancing consultations on a "Code of Conduct in the South China Sea". The biggest challenge for stability in the South China Sea is from intervention, instigation, interference and destruction of non-regional forces.

All parties spoke highly of the role of the Forum in promoting dialogues and cooperation and maintaining regional peace and stability, and are willing to deepen practical cooperation in fields such as anti-virus, strengthen mechanism building of the Forum, and jointly address regional security challenges. All parties also discussed the cooperation initiatives in the next stage.

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