China proposes principles for future EAS development
Updated : Monday, August 06, 2018 11:21 AM (GMT+0700)

ChineseState Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has proposed three principles forthe future development of the East Asia Summit (EAS). 

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers reporters' queries
- Source: Reuters

He made the proposal in aspeech at the 8th EAS Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore onAugust 4 within the framework of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’Meeting (AMM 51).

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, the first principleproposed by Wang is centering on East Asia. He said East Asia has alreadyestablished a regional cooperation framework with the Association of SoutheastAsian Nations (ASEAN) at the center and EAS an important component.

In the future, EAS countriesshould uphold the spirit of mutual respect, consensus-building, openness andinclusiveness, continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific and East Asia, andsafeguard the central role of ASEAN in regional cooperation, he said.

The second principle isstriking a balance between socio-economic development and politico-securitycooperation. Wang said politico-security cooperation should aim at providing apeaceful and stable environment for the development and forging a regional securityframework which accords with the actual circumstances of the region and meetsthe needs of all parties.

The third principle iscoordinating strategic communication and pragmatic cooperation. While engagingin strategic communication on global and regional issues of common concern, allparties should make concerted efforts to push forward regional cooperation invital areas, so as to provide solid support for EAS development.

The eight EAS ForeignMinisters’ Meeting drew the participation of foreign ministers from 10 ASEANcountries, the US, India, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and theRepublic of Korea. The Vietnamese delegation to the event was led by DeputyPrime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

At the meeting, the delegatesagreed that maritime cooperation will be one of the main focuses of EAScountries in the coming time. 

Regarding the East Seaissue, the ministers shared concerns over militarisation and complicateddevelopments in the East Sea over the past time, urging parties involved toincrease dialogue on the basis of respect for international law.

They also voiced theirsupport for peace, stability and denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula andapplauded the positive outcomes of the recent inter-Korea and US-DPRK Summits.


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