Chinese FM meets with counterparts, ASEAN secretary-general on cooperation

10:40, July 22, 2011      

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with his counterparts of Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and South Korea as well as ASEAN secretary-general in Bali Thursday to promote bilateral relations.

Yang met with his Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting. Both sides shared the same view that the two countries should implement the consensus reached by both leaders on further promoting bilateral relations and boost pragmatic cooperation in all sectors.

The two sides believe that the China-ASEAN agreement on the guidelines of implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) sends a positive signal and the next step is to speed up pragmatic cooperation. Yang also praised the positive role that Marty plays as Indonesia is the rotating chair of ASEAN.

During a meeting with Lao Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Yang said the two countries should enhance high-level exchanges, deepen cooperation in economy and trade, and boost China-Laos bilateral relations to a new level.

Thongloun agreed with Yang and thanked China for its long-term help and support.

During Yang's meeting with Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, the two sides agreed to work on a plan on strengthening China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership, expand the size of economic and trade cooperation, enhance people-to-people interaction and step up support and cooperation with each other in international and regional affairs.

While meeting with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, Yang praised the agreement on the guidelines of implementing the DOC, saying this is conducive to increasing mutual trust and calling for initiating pragmatic cooperation as soon as possible.

Surin said the agreement, which is of historical significance, proves to the world that the two sides are able to manage and control disparities.

Yang and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan satisfied with the development of the bilateral relations in all fields, saying both countries will commit to strengthening strategic cooperative partnership.

As to the situation in the Korean Peninsula, the two sides stressed the importance of dialogue and consultation, hoping every party should make joint effort to safeguard peace and stability of the peninsula.

Yang said the six-party talks and the dialogue between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea can complement with each other.

South Korea appreciated China's effort in safeguarding the stability of the peninsula, Kim said.

Source: Xinhua
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