China proposes 3 principles for future growth of East Asia Summit

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SINGAPORE (Xinhua) – China has proposed three principles for the future development of the East Asia Summit (EAS) to further enhance EAS’s positive contribution to regional peace, stability and development.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, elaborating the proposal during his speech at the 8th foreign ministers’ meeting of the East Asia Summit said the first principle centred on East Asia.

Mr Wang said East Asia has already established a regional cooperation framework with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the centre and EAS an important component.

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

The second principle is striking a balance between socio-economic development and politico-security cooperation.

Mr Wang said that development stands out to be the most important and prevailing concern for the countries in the region as well as the strongest driving force in the regional cooperation.

Politico-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 all parties, he added.

The third principle is coordinating strategic communication and pragmatic cooperation. While engaging in strategic communication on global and regional issues of common concern, all parties should make concerted efforts to push forward regional cooperation in vital areas, so as to provide solid support for EAS development, Mr Wang added.

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