Premier en­gages with lead­ers in use­ful one-on-one talks

Ed­i­tor’s note: Premier Li Ke­qiang met for­eign lead­ers on the side­lines of a series of lead­ers’ meet­ings on East Asia co­op­er­a­tion in Manila on Mon­day. Here are high­lights of some of the talks.

China Daily - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ja­pan

When meet­ing with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, Li Ke­qiang said that there are some pos­i­tive changes in China-Ja­pan re­la­tions while some sen­si­tive fac­tors still ex­ist.

It is hoped that Ja­pan will work with China to push for­ward their re­la­tions, over­come dif­fi­cul­ties and chal­lenges, main­tain the im­prov­ing mo­men­tum and achieve new de­vel­op­ment, Li said.

They should jointly pro­mote ne­go­ti­a­tions on the Re­gional Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship as well as a China-Ja­pan-South Korea free trade agree­ment, Li said.

Abe said Ja­pan be­lieves the two sides are co­op­er­a­tive part­ners, not pos­ing a threat to each other, and they should strengthen high-level ex­changes and con­sol­i­date im­prov­ing mo­men­tum.

The two sides should strengthen eco­nomic di­a­logue and ex­plore con­struc­tion of con­nec­tiv­ity un­der the frame­work of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Abe said.

New Zealand

In his meet­ing with New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern, Li said China is will­ing to work with New Zealand to fur­ther tap their com­ple­men­tar­ity and press for­ward with up­grad­ing their bi­lat­eral free trade agree­ment.

China-New Zealand re­la­tions have main­tained pos­i­tive mo­men­tum since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties 45 years ago, Li said.

Ardern said New ZealandChina re­la­tions are of great sig­nif­i­cance, and the two na­tions have al­ways had mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion. They are both com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing so­cial de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple’s well-be­ing, she said.

New Zealand is ready to ad­vance bi­lat­eral talks on up­grad­ing their FTA, Ardern added.

Cam­bo­dia

Li, meet­ing with Cam­bo­dian Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen, said China is ready to main­tain high-level con­tact, strengthen prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote cul­tural ex­changes.

Li said that Cam­bo­dia is a sin­cere friend, and China sup­ports the coun­try’s ef­forts to safe­guard its sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence, main­tain do­mes­tic sta­bil­ity and speed up eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

China is ready to work with Cam­bo­dia to en­sure the suc­cess of cel­e­bra­tions next year mark­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties, Li said.

China also will as­sist Cam­bo­dia’s host­ing of the sec­ond Lan­cang-Mekong Co­op­er­a­tion Lead­ers’ Meet­ing, Li added.

Hun Sen said Cam­bo­dia and China share a pro­found and friendly re­la­tion­ship. Cam­bo­dia is ready to strengthen ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in fields such as gov­er­nance and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, he added.

Repub­lic of Korea

When meet­ing with ROK Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, Li urged Seoul to con­tinue mak­ing sub­stan­tive ef­forts to re­move ob­sta­cles in bi­lat­eral ties to en­sure their steady de­vel­op­ment.

China and the Repub­lic of Korea have reached some con­sen­sus in deal­ing with the is­sue of the Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense sys­tem in the cur­rent stage, Li said.

It is hoped that China and the ROK will syn­er­gize their de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, he said.

Moon said that bi­lat­eral ties are now at a new start­ing point. Seoul is ready to work with China to re­shape mu­tual po­lit­i­cal trust and re­sume co­op­er­a­tion in the econ­omy, trade and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes to get ties back on track at an early date, Moon said.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand prime min­is­ter

Shinzo Abe, Ja­panese prime min­is­ter

Hun Sen, Cam­bo­dian prime min­is­ter

Moon Jaein, ROK pres­i­dent

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