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Chinese premier arrives in Bali for East Asian leaders' meetings


08:40, November 18, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao waves his hand upon his arrival in Bali of Indonesia, Nov. 17, 2011. Wen Jiabao arrived here on Thursday to attend a series of meetings for East Asian leaders scheduled from Nov. 17 to 21. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived here Thursday to attend a series of meetings for East Asian leaders, scheduled from Nov. 17 to 21.

Wen will attend the 14th summit between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), commemorating the 20th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue, as well as the 14th summit between ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea and the sixth East Asia Summit.

During his stay in Bali, the Chinese leader is expected to reiterate China's policies on deepening cooperation with ASEAN in political, economic and cultural fields. ASEAN and China leaders will also review the development of bilateral ties and map out strategic planning for the future.

Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday the ASEAN-China summit was also expected to issue a joint declaration, a show of China's political will to deepen its strategic partnership with ASEAN countries.

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