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Wang Yi: Asia-Pacific Countries should Together Strive for Three Goals

2016/06/02

On June 1, 2016 local time, after holding the first annual meeting between Chinese and Canadian Foreign Ministers, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion of Canada jointly met the press.

A journalist asked that both China and Canada are important countries in the Asia-Pacific region. At present, the development momentum of the region is in the ascendant. In the meantime, there is competition between the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Some countries are strengthening military alliance in the Asia-Pacific region and pressuring maritime disputes by sending fleets and jets. What is, in China's opinion, the correct direction of the future development of relationship among Asia-Pacific countries?

Wang Yi said that regarding the future development of the Asia-Pacific region, President Xi Jinping has explicitly pointed out in the 2014 APEC Beijing Summit that Asia-Pacific countries are duty-bound to create and fulfill an Asia-Pacific dream for the people in the region. This dream is about acting in the spirit of the Asia-Pacific community and out of a sense of shared destinies and jointly working for the prosperity and progress of the region.

Wang Yi pointed out that in this regard, all sides should strive for the following three goals:

First, all sides should work together in building the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). The APEC Beijing Summit has set the goal of FTAAP construction. All sides agreed that both the RCEP and the TPP are paths to the FTAAP. Free trade arrangements in the Asia-Pacific region should not be fragmented or exclusive. They should be inclusive and promote each other.

Second, all sides should together forge a connectivity system that covers both coasts of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean should not be a barricade that separates the two coasts, but a bridge that connects each other. The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative proposed by Canada is a positive proposal. Only with a smooth and convenient connectivity system can the Asia-Pacific economic integration be realized.

Third, all sides should together establish the Asia-Pacific partnership. Facing new international situation and epoch trend, all sides should abandon old and outdated concepts of international relations, and replace alliance with partnership, confrontation with cooperation and zero-sum game with win-win results.

Wang Yi noted that currently there are some disputes and issues left by the history in the Asia-Pacific region, which should be peacefully resolved through direct dialogues and negotiations by parties concerned, instead of pursuing outdated Cold War mentality, drawing lines for allies or showing off military power.

Wang Yi pointed out that both China and Canada are important countries in the Asia-Pacific region. We are willing to, together with the Canadian side, intensify communication and coordination in Asia-Pacific affairs and make unremitting efforts in safeguarding peace and promoting prosperity as well as development in the Asia-Pacific region.

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