Xi Jinping Attends Informal Dialogue Between APEC and ASEAN Leaders
2017/11/11

On November 10, 2017 local time, President Xi Jinping attended the informal dialogue between APEC and ASEAN leaders held in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Leaders present at the Dialogue held discussions under the theme of "Partnering for New Dynamism for a Comprehensively Connected and Integrated Asia-Pacific", jointly discussing the cooperation between APEC and ASEAN.

Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech that APEC has become the most influential platform for economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, while ASEAN has also built itself into an organization of regional integration with huge vitality and potential in Asia. The two mechanisms have similar concepts of cooperation and both adhere to such principles as consensus through consultation, being flexible and practical and taking care of each other' s comfort. Therefore, the two mechanisms enjoy a bright future for cooperation.

Xi Jinping put forward the following proposals regarding the cooperation between APEC and ASEAN. First, jointly promote regional economic integration. We should make joint efforts to build an open economy in the Asia-Pacific region as well as a framework of regional cooperation featuring equal consultation, common participation and all-win results and to facilitate the construction of Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. China firmly backs ASEAN's core role in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations and stands ready to work together with ASEAN members to reach an early conclusion of the negotiations. Second, jointly advance connectivity construction. We should give play to the role of APEC and ASEAN as two engines and take stronger measures in infrastructure construction, policy regulation and personnel exchanges and other areas to build a wider and deeper network of connectivity. Third, jointly promote inclusive and sustainable development. We should realize effective docking between our own development strategy and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to explore ways for the sustainable development with coordinated economic, social and environmental progress. And we should narrow the development gap by strengthening cooperation in such fields as poverty reduction, climate change and women and helping developing members to carry out capacity building.

Xi Jinping stressed that connected by mountains and rivers, China and ASEAN are strategic partners featuring mutual trust, mutual accommodation, and mutual assistance and shared benefits. China sticks to the concept of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, firmly develops friendly cooperation with ASEAN, firmly supports the construction of the ASEAN community, and unswervingly supports ASEAN's central position in regional cooperation. China will advance the in-depth docking of the "Belt and Road" initiative and the development strategies of ASEAN, so as to create a higher level of China-ASEAN strategic partnership, move to a closer China-ASEAN community of shared destiny, and inject new impetus into the realization of coordinated development and common prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

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