Com­mon Asian in­ter­ests much greater than dif­fer­ences: Li

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING— Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang told a group of me­dia ex­ec­u­tives on Wed­nes­day that the com­mon in­ter­ests of the coun­try and its Asian neigh­bors are much greater than their dif­fer­ences.

China wants to prop­erly han­dle dif­fer­ences with neigh­bors through peace­ful, diplomatic means, Li said at a meet­ing with del­e­gates from the an­nual board meet­ing of the Asia News Net­work ( ANN).

As the largest de­vel­op­ing coun­try in the world, China still has a long way to go in terms of mod­ern­iza­tion, he said, pledg­ing the coun­try will work with Asian coun­tries to main­tain a peace­ful and sta­ble in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment.

China prefers neigh­bor­hood diplomacy fea­tur­ing amity, sin­cer­ity, mu­tual ben­e­fit and in­clu­sive­ness, and firmly fol­lows the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, the premier stressed.

As for China’s ties with the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions ( ASEAN), Li said that China has al­ways sup­ported ASEAN in­te­gra­tion and com­mu­nity build­ing.

China stands ready to work with ASEAN mem­bers and other Asian coun­tries to en­hance po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust, in­te­grate de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, ex­pand mu­tual- ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion and in­crease peo­ple- topeo­ple ex­changes, he said.

The premier stressed sta­bil­ity, com­mon de­vel­op­ment and a closer com­mu­nity with shared in­ter­ests and a shared fu­ture.

Li called on the Asian me­dia to help cre­ate a good pub­lic opin­ion en­vi­ron­ment for re­gional and global peace, de­vel­op­ment and co­op­er­a­tion.

The ANN is a net­work of 21 me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions in Asia. This year’s an­nual meet­ing was hosted by China Daily.

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