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Chinese premier's ASEAN attendance helps consolidate friendship, East Asian cooperation

(Xinhua)

08:35, November 22, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's active engagement at a series of meetings for East Asian leaders in Bali, Indonesia, has helped boost China-ASEAN traditional friendship and East Asian cooperation, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Monday.

During his stay in Bali, Wen attended the 14th summit between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the 14th summit between ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea, the sixth East Asia Summit, as well as a trilateral summit that included China, Japan and South Korea.

Following the meetings, Wen paid an official visit to Brunei and held talks with Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on bilateral ties and issues of common concern.

Wen's visit to Brunei and his attendance at the series of meetings for East Asian leaders were conducive to deepening friendly relations with Brunei and other East Asian nations, Yang said.

Wen's activities, Yang said, demonstrated the image of China as a confident, open and responsible country and created a favorable external environment and a favorable neighboring environment in particular.

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Ashim Kumar Chatterjee at 2011-11-24122.162.12.*
China is too big a member of ASEAN to be isolated in it. But if the intention of this article is convince anyone that all was hunky dory for China in Bali is like reporting day as night or night as day. The highlight of this ASEAN was proclaimation of USA to augment it"s engagement in Asia. Seriousness of this proclaimation can be gauged from what President Obama and S of S Mrs Clinton did and achieved in Australia, Indonesia and Phillipines and, significantly, no South East Asian state opposed or criticised USA for this... rather embraced USA in friendly hugs and sighed in relief at the prospect of some effective counter measure to Chinese misadventures in South China sea. This was in sharp contrast to desire for peaceful and demilitarised zone in Asia Pacific region. One"s sense is that there is some truth in Chinese Government"s concern that China is getting encircled but then it is China"s own doing and essentially a defensive strategic response of states in the region. China has indeed emerged as a strong power. But that is due to benefits of globalisation, China opening up and post Mao Tse Tung generation of communist party leaders relaxing hugely the regimentation in life style. China need not any war against it nor can have a dream to economically millitarily dominate the world or even Asia given the vulnerability of huge Chinese dependence on export of predominantly low tech goods and imports to sustain it"s economic growth. Once Europe stabilises economically, China can be taken on economically. China should learn but how can it without access to information and freedom of expression to influence it"s government.
  

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