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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Attending the Series of Foreign Ministers' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation via Videoconference

Q: The Chinese side has released the information that State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend the series of foreign ministers’ meetings on East Asia cooperation. I wonder how does China see the current East Asia cooperation? What are your expectations for these upcoming foreign ministers’ meetings?

A: The overall sound momentum in East Asia cooperation at present has strengthened regional countries’ efforts to combat COVID-19 and revitalize the economy. At the same time, resurgence and fluctuation in the global pandemic situation and flare-up of regional hotspot issues have added more complexity to East Asia cooperation.

China always sees ASEAN as an important force in maintaining peace and stability and promoting integration in the region. We support ASEAN community building, ASEAN centrality in East Asia cooperation, and a greater role by ASEAN in regional and international affairs. China would like to take the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of China-ASEAN dialogue relations to call on all regional countries to continue to focus on cooperation, seek common development, jointly address challenges and safeguard peace, stability, development and prosperity in the region.

First, deepen anti-epidemic cooperation. As a responsible major country, China will continue to play its role and do its best to meet regional countries’ demand for vaccines. We support joint efforts to build a regional vaccine manufacturing and distributing center to promote vaccine accessibility and affordability in the region. All sides should adhere to a science-led response and reject politicization or stigmatization.

Second, boost economic recovery. Efforts should be made to actively dovetail post-COVID national development strategies and foster new engines and highlights of recovery cooperation. We should work for the early entry into force and implementation of the RCEP Agreement, keep regional industrial and supply chains stable and unobstructed, and boost an early economic recovery in all countries.

Third, expand cooperation in sustainable development. Building on the momentum of the new round of scientific and industrial revolution, we should accelerate digital and energy structural transformation in the region and actively conduct cooperation in addressing climate change, environmental protection, disaster prevention and mitigation, and new types of energy and resources to achieve a green recovery in the region and be better prepared for regional and global challenges in the future.

Fourth, practice true multilateralism. We should firmly uphold the UN-centered international system and the international order based on international law and reject exclusive cliques or zero-sum games. Commitments of supporting regional economic growth should be honored with concrete actions.

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