BEIJING, March 8 -- China will host the CICA summit and the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting this year and both will be key priorities for China's diplomacy this year, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday.
"These two conferences focus on security and economic issues respectively, and both will be key priorities for China's diplomacy this year," Wang said at a press conference held on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.
The Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) will be held in May in Shanghai and the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders' Meeting will be held in November in Beijing.
According to Wang, CICA is an important security cooperation forum in Asia and APEC is a primary platform for discussing economic and trade cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.
"We will make the most of our role as a host country, put forward China' s proposals, pool Asia's wisdom and work with participants to inject new momentum into these two mechanisms," said the minister.
At the CICA summit, China hopes to advocate common security, cooperative security and comprehensive security, and bring into being a new Asian security concept to build a new Asia of peace, stability and cooperation, Wang said.
The APEC meeting will focus on the theme of "Shaping the future through Asia-Pacific partnership" this year, said Wang.
At the APEC meeting, China expects to make new outcomes in advancing Asia-Pacific economic integration, mapping a blueprint for connectivity, and promoting economic innovation and development, said Wang.
In particular, China will strive for a new breakthrough in launching the process of the free trade area of the Asia-Pacific, he said.