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China calls for regional solidarity in face of challenges: Chinese FM


08:19, July 13, 2012

PHNOM PENH, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Countries in the Asia-Pacific region should enhance solidarity and deepen cooperation to advance peace, stability and development of the region, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here at the 19th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign Ministers' Meeting Thursday.

Yang stated that despite the profound impact of the international financial crisis and sluggish recovery of the global economy, the Asia-Pacific region has maintained the momentum of robust growth and become an important driving force for world economic recovery and growth.

The achievements of this region are attributable to the generally peaceful and stable environment over the past decades and to the concerted efforts of all countries in the region.

"They should be cherished by us all," he noted.

But the region still faces quite a few challenges at the same time, he said, citing the fragile global economic situation and existing deep impact of the international financial crisis as the most salient ones.

According to him, the big development gap between Asian countries, growing resource and environmental constraints as well as grave non-traditional security challenges also overshadow the region's prospect in the 21st century.

"Given these circumstances, it is all the more important that countries in the region enhance solidarity and deepen cooperation to advance the overall interests of peace and stability and boost internal growth and consumption to sustain the development momentum," he emphasized.

Yang Jiechi arrived in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Monday midnight for the week-long ASEAN ministerial level meetings, including the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and the 19th ARF.

The 19th ARF kicked off here at the Peace Palace on Wednesday afternoon, with foreign Ministers and representatives from 27 countries and ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan attending the meeting.


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