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Chinese premier calls for expanding China-ASEAN cooperation for mutual benefit, win-win progress
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21:26, November 20, 2007

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday hailed the Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), calling for expanding the China-ASEAN cooperation for mutual benefit and win-win progress.

Speaking at the 11th China-ASEAN Summit, Wen said that guided by the Joint Statement issued at the Commemorative Summit Marking the 15th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, new achievements have been made in good neighborly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation over the past year.

The premier said that to consolidate and grow China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity remains a key foreign policy goal of the Chinese government and China will work with ASEAN in five areas to strengthen the strategic partnership and elevate their win-win relations and common development to a new height.

Wen said that China and ASEAN should maintain regular high-level exchanges, increase dialogue and contact in various areas and at different levels, and step up coordination and cooperation on major international and regional issues to increasepolitical trust.

The two sides should also actively implement the Declaration onthe Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and increase military exchanges and cooperation, especially in non-traditional security areas, he said.

On business ties and cooperation, Wen said the two sides shouldfollow the principles of equality and mutual benefit, ensure the smooth implementation of the Agreement on Trade in Goods and the Agreement on Trade in Services, and accelerate the negotiation on investment so as to reach early agreement and make full progress towards the building of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.

He also pledged to increase the road, railway, airlines and information telecommunications links to meet the demand of growingbusiness ties between China and ASEAN, make continued efforts to ensure the safety and sanitation of food and agricultural productsand enhance China-ASEAN cooperation on intellectual property rights.

The premier said that China is ready to enhance cooperation with ASEAN in non-traditional security fields, urging to renew theMOU on China-ASEAN Cooperation in the Field of Non-traditional Security Issues at an appropriate time.

Wen said that China will host the China-ASEAN Seminar on Enhancing Regional Capacity for Responding to Catastrophe in 2008 to enhance the capacity for jointly preventing and managing catastrophes.

China is ready to enhance its long-term cooperation on energy, environmental protection and climate change, and support stepping up the cooperation on renewable energy and clean energy and in exploring new ways to ensure energy supply in line with the principle of mutual benefit.

On the development of the ASEAN Community and integration, China firmly supports ASEAN in building an ASEAN Community with Economic, Security as well as Social-Cultural Communities as its three pillars, Wen said, noting that China is ready to provide assistance to the ASEAN integration process as its ability permits.

The premier said China will further expand social, cultural andpeople-to-people exchanges with ASEAN member states.

He said China will continue to launch exchange projects of young people between the two sides, strengthen sport and cultural exchanges, enhance media cooperation to increase mutual understanding between China and ASEAN peoples, and promote exchanges and cooperation between tourism authorities of the two sides.

Wen arrived here on Sunday for an official visit to Singapore. During his stay here, he will also attend the 11th ASEAN plus Three summit, the11th China-ASEAN summit, the third East Asia summit and the eighthmeeting of leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.

As a regional cooperation group founded in August 1967, ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source:Xinhua



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