Premier bolsters ties during East Asia Leaders’ Meetings
Editor’s note: Premier Li Keqiang had several bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the East Asia Leaders’ Meetings on Cooperation in Vientiane, Laos, in the past three days. Here are the highlights of some of his discussions.
Beijing hopes that Singapore will continue to play a constructive role in improving ties between China and countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Premier Li Keqiang said while meeting with Singaporean PrimeMinister Lee Hsien Loong.
Describing Singapore as an important regional partner, Li said the close communication between leaders of both countries is helpful in promoting practical cooperation and achieving “win-win results”.
Developing China-ASEAN ties is a high priority for China, Li said, adding that the country is willing to increase common interests with A SEAN members and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.
Lee said Singapore is willing to increase exchanges with China and push forward the smooth implementation of major cooperation projects.
He said ASEAN and China have more common interests than disputes, adding that Singapore is ready to make efforts to increase understanding and common interests between China and ASEAN members.
Premier Li said China and Cambodia are good neighbors, good friends and good partners. China also backs Cambodia’s efforts to preserve sovereignty and independence, maintain domestic stability and promote economic development.
The two countries hope to deepen cooperation on production capacity, trade, agriculture, water conservation and infrastructure, help Cambodia to improve development and livelihoods, and reinforce cooperation in fields such as education and tourism.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said his country appreciates China’s help to improve Cambodians’ livelihoods.
He said Cambodia is willing to join China in enhancing high-level exchanges, expanding practical cooperation, and helping to boost China’s relations with ASEAN.
Premier Li said China and Malaysia have seen cooperation advance smoothly in priority areas. China also wants to work with Malaysia to take bilateral ties and pragmatic cooperation in various fields to new levels.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the Malaysia-China relationship has a firm foundation and its development has been ideal. Malaysia is happy to see Chinese enterprises taking part in the construction of Malaysian infrastructure and industrial parks, and it supports financial cooperation between the two countries.
Malaysia is ready to make joint efforts with China to achieve a better development of both the relationship and cooperation between ASEAN and China, Najib added.
Premier Li said China and Australia should jointly oppose trade protectionism and jointly nurture commerce that is more fair and friendly and achieve mutual benefits and a winwin situation.
On the South China Sea issue, Li said it is hoped Australia supports the joint efforts by China and the ASEAN in eliminating divergences and expanding common ground as well as that Australia plays a constructive role in regional solidarity and cooperation in addition to peace and stability.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turn bull said Australia does not take sides in the South China Sea issue.
Australia hopes that the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea will be formulated at an early date, that related disputes will be peacefully resolved and that peace and stability in the South China Sea region is secured, Turnbull said.
Premier Li and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry-Medvedev agreed that the two countries will further develop the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Coordination.
They also exchanged views on a range of important regional and global issues.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen
Lee Hsien Loong