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Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Attends Series of East Asia Summit Senior Officials' Meetings

2018/08/01

On August 1, 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) Senior Officials' Meeting (APT SOM) and East Asia Summit Senior Officials' Meeting (EAS SOM) were held in Singapore, making preparations for the upcoming Foreign Ministers' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation. Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong led a delegation for the meetings.

At the APT SOM, Chen Xiaodong expressed that all parties should safeguard free trade and multilateral trading system, and accelerate the advancement of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership against the backdrop of the rise of de-globalization and trade protectionism. All parties should, on this basis, promote the building of the East Asia Economic Community and forge a free, balanced, inclusive and universally beneficial development pattern in East Asia. The Chinese side advocates the establishment of the APT small and medium-sized enterprises service alliance and APT cultural cities network and hopes that all parties will actively support them.

At the EAS SOM, Chen Xiaodong expressed that all parties should well implement the Manila Plan of Action to Advance the Phnom Penh Declaration on the East Asia Summit Development Initiative, and strengthen cooperation in such key areas as energy, education, finance, public health, environmental protection and disaster management as well as the ASEAN connectivity, in a bid to bring more tangible benefits to the countries in the region. The summit should adhere to the original intention, focus on East Asia, bear in the mind the development, and concentrate on well managing regional affairs to promote regional peace, development and prosperity.

On the sidelines of the meetings, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong also met with several senior officials from other countries, exchanging in-depth views on regional cooperation in East Asia, bilateral relations and issues of common concern.

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