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Wang Yi Attends the 10th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting
2020/09/09

On September 9, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the 10th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting via videolink.

Wang Yi said, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the EAS. This regional framework is standing at a new historical starting point. Our most pressing task this year is to further build consensus on jointly combating COVID-19, bolster cooperation on reviving growth and safeguard peace and development in the region.

We need to create new impetus for the battle against COVID-19. All countries should follow a science-based approach, oppose politicizing the virus, support the role of WHO, intensify health policy communication and anti-pandemic coordination, and work together to build a global community of health for all. We EAS members should harness our comparative strengths and form a synergy to promote the accessibility and affordability of vaccines and build a strong regional firewall against COVID-19.

We need to take new steps for economic recovery. We must work together to make East Asia a stable source of growth in the post-COVID world. We should pursue open development, and enhance scientific and technological cooperation and division of labor, to upgrade our industrial and value chains. We should stick to free trade, uphold multilateral trading rules, and develop a high-standard regional free trade network. We should continue to pursue win-win and all-win, and reject zero-sum rivalry to make the pie of cooperation bigger and advance the greatest possible common interests. We must put in place a regional network of "fast tracks" and "green lanes" to facilitate the flow of people and goods.

We need to provide firm safeguards for regional peace and stability. China will continue to firmly support ASEAN centrality in East Asian cooperation, firmly advance the vision of cooperation for win-win results, and firmly safeguard peace and stability in the region. EAS members need to follow the shared aspirations of regional countries and respect their legitimate pursuits. EAS members need to uphold multilateralism with East Asian features, adhere to the basic principles for regional cooperation, and make more positive contributions to enduring peace and prosperity in East Asia.

Wang Yi emphasized, upholding the sound momentum of East Asian cooperation and deepening cooperation against COVID-19 and for development is the call of our times and our historical responsibility. China is ready to work with all parties for deeper strategic communication, mutual trust and coordination. We hope that the EAS will play an active and constructive role to this end.

Wang Yi also expounded the stand of the Chinese side on issues such as cross-border water resources cooperation, Korean Peninsula, and the Rakhine State.

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