Chinese FM makes six-point proposal to deepen East Asian cooperation (2)

21:27, July 21, 2010      

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Participants pose for group photos during the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, July 21, 2010. Foreign ministers from ten member states of the ASEAN and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea began their annual meeting here Wednesday, discussing measures to promote regional cooperation. (Xinhua/Chen Duo)

Secondly, Yang said ASEAN plus three countries could make full use of their markets and take steps in promoting the creation of a free trade area covering East Asia.

Thirdly, Yang said East Asian countries should expand agricultural exchanges and enhance the regional grain production capacity. A rice reserve covering ASEAN plus three countries should be set up at an early date, he said.

Fourthly, Yang said enhancing connectivity remains an important part in building ASEAN Community and the envisioned East Asia Community. China would continue to increase investment into ASEAN infrastructure development, he said.

Fifthly, Yang called on ASEAN plus three countries to increase exchanges in energy-saving and environmental protection technology, pandemics prevention and treatment, human resources development, culture heritage protection and media.

Finally, Yang said ASEAN plus three countries should make full use of the regional cooperation fund to support relevant programs.

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