Wang Yi Attends the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On August 4, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Singapore.

Wang Yi expressed that the EAS, as a leaders-led strategic forum, has so far made positive contributions to regional peace, stability and development. The Chinese side believes that the following principles should be upheld for the future development of the EAS. The first is to center on East Asia. East Asia has already established a regional cooperation framework with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the center and the EAS an important component. The relevant parties should uphold the spirit of mutual respect, consensus-building, openness and inclusiveness, seize the development direction of the mechanism, continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific and East Asia, and safeguard the central role of the ASEAN in regional cooperation, in a bid to jointly well manage related affairs in the region and prevent the cooperation from deviation.

The second is to strike a balance between social and economic development and political and security cooperation. Development stands out to be the most important and prevailing concern for the countries in the region as well as the strongest impetus in regional cooperation. Political and security cooperation should aim at providing a peaceful and stable environment for the development and forging a regional security framework which accords with the actual circumstances of the region and meets the needs of various parties.

The third is to coordinate strategic communication and practical cooperation. While engaging in strategic communication on global and regional issues of common concern, all parties should solidly advance cooperation in key areas, so as to provide strong support for the development of the EAS.

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