Representatives from 33 countries in East Asian and Latin American regions gathered here Wednesday, calling for strengthening cooperation partnership and promoting common development.
The representatives made the remarks when participating in the third ministerial meeting of the East Asia-Latin America Cooperation Forum (FOCALAE), which will end on Thursday with the adoption of the Brasilia Declaration.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said at the opening ceremony that Latin America and East Asia should enhance understanding and promote bilateral exchanges in economy and trade.
He said the FOCALAE will help strengthen connection between the two regions and establish constructive and innovative cooperation partnership to promote common development.
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Li Jinzhang said, "Expanding and strengthening cooperation between Latin America and East Asia will benefit the peoples of the two regions."
Li stressed that the Chinese side hoped the forum will serve as a bridge for the regions and urged the countries to mutually respect the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, equality and mutual benefit.
He also said China called for strengthening exchanges in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and tourism.
The forum groups 15 countries from Asia and 18 from Latin America, including China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela. The Dominican Republic was approved Wednesday as a new member of the forum.