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Chinese premier meets Indonesian president on ASEAN related summits


13:07, November 18, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) shakes hands with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali, Indonesia, Nov. 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed that the upcoming ASEAN summits and its partners should not focus on disputed political and security issues.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made the remarks during their meeting after Wen's arrival in Bali, a tourist resort in Indonesia, which currently holds the ASEAN rotating presidency, on Thursday.

"In such a complicated and serious international political and economic situation, the upcoming summits should highlight the theme of unity, development and cooperation," said Wen, referring to the 14th summit between China and the ASEAN (10+1) as well as the 14th summit between ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) (10+3) and the sixth East Asia Summit scheduled for Nov. 17-21.

Wen stressed that the meetings should uphold the leading role of ASEAN, strengthen the cohesion and motive power of the mechanisms of 10+3 and 10+1,and avoid all interference so as to make the meetings advance towards a fixed direction and goals.

"It is of great importance for east Asia to realize sustainable economic development, improve people's livelihood and maintain stability," Wen said.

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