Wang Yi calls for more cooperation between ASEAN, Japan, Republic of Korea and China


Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attending the 22nd Meeting of the Three ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Three Foreign Ministers held by video link in Beijing, China on August 3, 2021 . / Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attending the 22nd Meeting of the Three ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Three Foreign Ministers held by video link in Beijing, China on August 3, 2021 . / Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for more cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China to face new challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. He made the remarks via video link on Tuesday at the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Wang praised the APT mechanism, saying the 10 ASEAN member states and the three countries, or 10 + 3, are the backbone of cooperation in East Asia.

With the resurgence of COVID-19 infections around the world, 10 + 3 countries should work together to carry out pragmatic cooperation, promote global economic recovery and continuously improve the crisis response capacities of Asian countries. ‘East, said the Chinese diplomat.

He urged countries to use the 25th anniversary of the launch of the 10 + 3 cooperation mechanism next year to formulate a 2023-2027 work plan to better serve the common goals of the East Asian Community. .

Building a shield against the pandemic in East Asia

Noting that China has so far provided more than 750 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries and regions, Wang said China will provide an additional 110 million doses for COVAX over the next four months and would provide an additional $ 3 billion in international aid over the next three years. He also pledged that the country would continue to increase vaccine supply.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at the 22nd ASEAN Three Foreign Ministers and Three Foreign Ministers Meeting held by video link in Beijing, China on August 3, 2021. / Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at the 22nd ASEAN Three Foreign Ministers and Three Foreign Ministers Meeting held by video link in Beijing, China on August 3, 2021. / Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

He said China supports the use of the ASEAN 10 + 3 Cooperation Fund and the ASEAN Epidemic Fund to purchase vaccines and other materials urgently needed to fight the pandemic. This will help speed up the construction of a 10 + 3 emergency medical supply reserve center and ASEAN reserve warehouse, he added.

Wang also called on all parties to oppose attempts to politicize the work of researching the origins of the novel coronavirus and to resist the “political virus” in order to protect global public health.

Promote economic integration in East Asia

Chinese Foreign Minister said countries should strive to accelerate regional economic integration and ensure that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, enters into force on a date close.

He also urged countries to improve the risk resilience of industrial and supply chains and to implement the Connecting Connectivity initiative among 10 + 3 countries.

Seeking the transformation of East Asia

Efforts should also be made to accelerate the digital transformation of the region, harness the advantages of East Asian markets and vigorously conduct practical cooperation in the fields of artificial intelligence and digital economy, a Wang said.

China is willing to actively cooperate on energy security and promote green growth, he added, promising that the country will also continue to share its experience in poverty reduction with all parties to help the countries of the region to ensure better development.

Building the foundations of East Asian values

Wang said countries should jointly pursue the common values ​​of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom for all mankind, and actively cooperate in the areas of education, culture. and the media.

He urged East Asia to contribute to global stability, economic recovery and orderly global governance.

Foreign Ministers of Japan, the Republic of Korea and ASEAN member states shared Wang’s perspective on the importance of the 10 + 3 mechanism and the remarkable results it has achieved.

Countries should adhere to solidarity, openness and inclusion, improve partnership, deepen connectivity, ensure a smooth flow of supply and industrial chains, strengthen their resilience to meet various types of challenges and work together for regional development and prosperity, they said.

The APT foreign ministers also wished the continued success of the Tokyo Olympics and expressed their expectations for the Beijing Winter Olympics next year.

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ASEAN, China, Japan, Republic of Korea pledge to strengthen financial ties during pandemic

(Cover: 22nd Meeting of the Three ASEAN Foreign Ministers and Three Foreign Ministers is held via video link, August 3, 2021. / Chinese Foreign Ministry)

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