Premier bol­sters ties dur­ing East Asia Lead­ers’ Meet­ings

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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.

Sin­ga­pore

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.

Cam­bo­dia

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.

Malaysia

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.

Aus­tralia

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.

Rus­sia

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

Dmitry Medvedev

Na­jib Razak

Mal­colm Turn­bull

Lee Hsien Loong

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