1Q: State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations. Can you brief us on the background and consideration behind this?
Wang Wenbin: This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN. It is a year of special significance for the bilateral relations to build on the past achievements and pursue new progress. Over the past three decades, China-ASEAN cooperation has grown in leaps and bounds, becoming the most successful and dynamic example of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. The fact that the two sides agreed to hold a face-to-face special foreign ministers' meeting despite the ongoing grim COVID-19 situation reflects how countries attach great importance to and hold high expectations of China-ASEAN relations under the new circumstances.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expects to work with ASEAN foreign ministers to take stock of and summarize the outcomes and experience of China-ASEAN cooperation in the past 30 years, focus on combating COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery, better dovetail strategic plans and foster new highlights in practical cooperation to upgrade the relationship and make new contributions to peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region.
On the sidelines of the meeting, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also hold bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of ASEAN states and the ASEAN Secretary-General.
2Q: Can you offer some background information on the sixth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Foreign Ministers' Meeting? What does China expect from this meeting?
Wang Wenbin: The LMC is a new-type sub-regional cooperation mechanism featuring extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits between China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Since its launch, the LMC has developed rapidly and achieved remarkable results. It has vigorously promoted the economic and social development of the six riparian countries and brought tangible benefits to their people. Since last year, amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the six countries have vigorously carried out cooperation to fight the epidemic, resume work and production and strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and maintained the momentum of LMC growing from strength to strength.
To convene the sixth Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the launch of LMC bears important significance to breaking new ground on the basis of past achievement. At this meeting, China hopes to take stock of progress made in the past five years together with the five Mekong countries, summarize experience and further deepen cooperation in various fields. We will work together to develop the Mekong-Lancang Economic Development Belt, reinvigorate regional economic recovery and prosperity in the post-pandemic era, and contribute to ASEAN Community building and regional economic integration.