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Outside nations have role in East Asia (2)

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

10:34, November 20, 2011

The risk behind such coexistence must not be ignored either. The overlapping and complexity mean that the coordination work will be harder and the administrative costs higher. A key point that must be emphasized is that replacing the current cooperative mechanisms with new cooperative mechanisms will severely damage the economy of Asia and even the world. Abrupt replacement will disturb practical cooperation, and even lead to chaos and suspend the various cooperative mechanisms.

The active economic cooperation of East Asia is hard earned, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and three countries of China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) are the foundation of the regional cooperation. This valuable cooperative mechanism, which can bring abundant benefits, must be cherished, and more importantly be strengthened and promoted. In this aspect, the summit series of the East Asia will hold a heavy responsibility.

Cooperative opportunities and fruits are the key to judging the effectiveness of a cooperative mechanism. Who dominates the cooperative process is not important. Equal consultation is essential for pressing ahead with cooperation in East Asia. Clinging to one’s own interest and attempting to establish one's dominance by elbowing out others will be harmful to all.

Large countries participating in cooperation in East Asia should have comfortable girth, and do more concrete things for advancing the regional cooperation.

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