China Calls For Asian Com­mu­nity of Shared Fu­ture

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Del­e­gates from 34 mem­ber coun­tries of Asia Co-op­er­a­tion Di­a­logue (ACD) gath­ered in Bangkok to talk about Asian co-op­er­a­tion, devel­op­ment and in­te­gra­tion dur­ing the 2nd ACD sum­mit held here on Mon­day. China called for an Asian com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture for the con­ti­nent.

“It is time for us to vig­or­ously build an Asian com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture driven by the two wheels of co-op­er­a­tion and di­a­logue,” said Chi­nese Vice Pres­i­dent Li Yuan­chao at the sum­mit, un­der the theme “one Asia, Di­verse Strength.” Mr Li said the Asian com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture is about fa­cil­i­tat­ing com­mon devel­op­ment, pro­mot­ing com­mon in­ter­ests, en­hanc­ing com­mon se­cu­rity and tak­ing on com­mon re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to him, to build the Asian com­mu­nity of shared fu­ture, Asian coun­tries need to en­hance unity and co-or­di­na­tion to main­tain sta­bil­ity in the con­ti­nent, strengthen con­nec­tiv­ity to deepen in­te­gra­tion and pro­mote ben­e­fi­cial co-op­er­a­tion to boost devel­op­ment. “China sup­ports a mul­ti­tiered Pan-Asian con­nec­tiv­ity net­work to fa­cil­i­tate com­pre­hen­sive in­te­gra­tion of in­fra­struc­ture in Asia,” Li said. In the open­ing cer­e­mony of the sum­mit, Prayut Chan-o-cha, prime min­is­ter of the host coun­try Thai­land, high­lighted the need for coun­tries to re­alise the Vi­sion 2030, to try to achieve an “Asian Com­mu­nity”. Prayut also men­tioned six pil­lars of co-op­er­a­tion in his speech, namely in­ter­re­la­tion of food, en­ergy and wa­ter se­cu­rity, con­nec­tiv­ity, science tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and hu­man re­source devel­op­ment, tourism and cul­ture and al­ter­na­tive ap­proaches to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, which, he said, could be pro­moted to­gether to cre­ate in­clu­sive­ness that will move Asia to­wards sus­tain­able growth. Mr Li said China is will­ing to serve as the prime mover in in­ter­re­la­tion of Food, Wa­ter and En­ergy Se­cu­rity. The sec­ond ACD sum­mit adopted three out­come doc­u­ments, namely Bangkok Dec­la­ra­tion, the Vi­sion for Asia Co­op­er­a­tion 2030, and ACD state­ment on reignit­ing growth for part­ner­ship for con­nec­tiv­ity. Ac­cord­ing the the Thai min­istry of for­eign af­fairs, key el­e­ments of the Vi­sion for Asia Co-op­er­a­tion 2030 are de­vel­op­ing the ACD re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity, re­group­ing ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion into the six pil­lars above, es­tab­lish­ing part­ner­ship with pri­vate sec­tor, pro­mot­ing aca­demic co­op­er­a­tion fur­ther and fur­ther study­ing the pro­posal to es­tab­lish Per­ma­nent ACD Sec­re­tariat to fa­cil­i­tate ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the six pil­lars. Mr Li also ex­pressed China’s sup­port for the ACD in deep­en­ing prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of a per­ma­nent sec­re­tariat of the ACD Sec­re­tariat. The first sum­mit was held in 2012 in Kuwait. The 3rd Sum­mit will be held in Iran in 2018.

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