Lead­ers fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion in APEC meet­ings

Pres­i­dent sets out goals to boost re­la­tions with Philip­pines, Viet­nam and Colom­bia

China Daily (USA) - - XI’S VISIT - By AN BAIJIE in Lima and WANG QINGYUN in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

1 Philip­pines

China and the Philip­pines should proac­tively dis­cuss mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion to make the South China Sea is­sue an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote bi­lat­eral friend­ship, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Satur­day.

He made the re­marks while meet­ing with Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on the side­lines of the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion lead­ers’ meet­ing in Lima, Peru.

Duterte’s state visit to China last month had “turned a new page” in re­la­tions, Xi said, adding that the visit “in­jected pos­i­tive en­ergy” to­ward re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity.

The pres­i­dent said China and the Philip­pines should carry for­ward re­la­tions in the right di­rec­tion and com­mit to friendly co­op­er­a­tion, proper man­age­ment of dif­fer­ences and com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

Xi called for joint ef­forts to re­store all bi­lat­eral mech­a­nisms. Af­ter the South China Sea ar­bi­tra­tion case uni­lat­er­ally filed by the Philip­pines, ex­changes in many ar­eas were halted un­til Duterte’s visit to China.

The Philip­pine leader said his na­tion is pur­su­ing an in­de­pen­dent diplo­matic pol­icy and is will­ing to han­dle mar­itime is­sues through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion.

He ex­pressed grat­i­tude for China’s sup­port of his na­tion’s de­vel­op­ment and added that the coun­tries should co­op­er­ate more in ar­eas such as in­fra­struc­ture.

2 Viet­nam

China and Viet­nam should re­solve dis­putes through bi­lat­eral di­a­logue to safe­guard peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea, Xi said in a meet­ing with Viet­namese Pres­i­dent Tran Dai Quang on Satur­day.

The coun­tries should prop­erly han­dle dis­agree­ments through the prin­ci­ples of set­ting aside dis­putes and joint de­vel­op­ment, Xi said.

He called for work on con­struct­ing a cross-bor­der eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion zone to be ac­cel­er­ated, and urged both na­tions to push for­ward co­op­er­a­tive in­fra­struc­ture projects.

All APEC mem­bers should make joint ef­forts to en­sure long-last­ing pros­per­ity in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, Xi said.

Quang said Viet­nam will con­tinue close high-level ex­changes with China to push for­ward the steady and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties.

3 Colom­bia

China and Colom­bia should ex­pand prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, step up ef­forts to pro­mote key projects and ac­tively carry out pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion, Xi told Colom­bian Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos in their meet­ing on Satur­day.

He said China sup­ports San­tos’ ef­forts to push for­ward the peace process in Colom­bia and hopes to work with the coun­try to im­ple­ment con­sen­suses on co­op­er­a­tion.

China wants to see ties with Latin Amer­ica de­velop bet­ter and faster, Xi said, adding that it is hoped Colom­bia will play an ac­tive role in help­ing to deepen mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the Pa­cific Al­liance.

San­tos said China is a great friend of Colom­bia, and that his coun­try looks for­ward to deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing trade and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion.

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