Archive for ‘cooperation’

26/01/2019

Chinese FM calls for further cooperation with Italy

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at Palazzo Chigi, the Italian prime minister’s office, in Rome, Italy, Jan. 25, 2019. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

ROME, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agreed on Friday to push bilateral ties to a new high.

During their meeting at Palazzo Chigi, the Italian prime minister’s office, Conte asked Wang to convey his sincere greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

Italy attaches great importance to Italy-China relations and hopes to maintain high-level exchanges with China and deepen mutual cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, investment and energy, said Conte.

Italy also attaches great importance to the cooperation under the frame of the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to make joint efforts with China to continuously cultivate new growth points for bilateral cooperation,Conte said added.

Wang conveyed Chinese leaders’ cordial greetings to Conte.

As the respective birthplace of Eastern and Western civilizations, China and Italy have enjoyed friendly exchanges since ancient times, Wang said.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-Italy comprehensive strategic partnership, and the next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations, Wang noted, expressing the hope that both sides seize the opportunity to lift bilateral relations to a new high.

China and Italy should understand and support each other and establish a long-lasting comprehensive strategic partnership regardless of how the international situation changes, Wang said.

Wang also said Italy is a natural partner to cooperate with under the Belt and Road Initiative and that China welcomes Italy to actively participate in the construction of the Belt and Road to benefit the two peoples and promote Eurasian interconnection and development.

China has been expanding its opening-up and its market potential has been steadily released, which will bring significant opportunities to various countries including Italy, Wang said.

As the Chinese and Italian economies are highly complementary, Wang said, enhancing cooperation in such fields as manufacturing, agriculture and innovation will surely bring tangible benefits to the two peoples.

Wang also noted that China is willing to encourage qualified Chinese companies to invest in Italy and believes Italy will provide them with a fair commercial environment.

Wang arrived in Italy on Friday to attend the ninth joint meeting of the China-Italy Government Committee at the invitation of Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, with whom he also held talks.

Source: Xinhua

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18/01/2019

US, India discuss potential missile defence cooperation: Pentagon

The Pentagon’s announcement in the 81-page ‘Missile Defence Review’ report released by US President Donald Trump gains significance in view of India placing a USD 5 billion order to purchase S-400 air defense system from Russia, for which the US has publicly expressed its displeasure.

INDIA Updated: Jan 18, 2019 14:51 IST

The Trump administration has discussed a potential missile defence cooperation with India as part of its effort to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, the Pentagon has said, asserting that New Delhi is a “key element” in America’s Indo-Pacific strategy.(AFP/DRDO/Representative Image)

The Trump administration has discussed a potential missile defence cooperation with India as part of its effort to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership, the Pentagon has said, asserting that New Delhi is a “key element” in America’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

The Pentagon’s announcement in the 81-page ‘Missile Defence Review’ report released by US President Donald Trump gains significance in view of India placing a USD 5 billion order to purchase S-400 air defense system from Russia, for which the US has publicly expressed its displeasure.

Noting that the threats posed by offensive missile capabilities are no longer limited to a few regions around the world, the Pentagon in its report said there were now a number of States in South Asia that are developing an advanced and diverse range of ballistic and cruise missile capabilities.

“Within this context, the United States has discussed potential missile defence cooperation with India. This is a natural outgrowth of India’s status as a Major Defence Partner and key element of our Indo-Pacific Strategy,” said the Pentagon report on Thursday.

The report, which identifies missile development projects by Russia and China as major threats to the US, did not give any further details about its potential missile defence cooperation with India.

The US has shown reluctance to offer its missile defence system to India.

Given the tough neighbourhood that India is in, New Delhi several years ago had approached US and expressed its desire to acquire a missile defence system from it, particularly the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system popular as THAAD.

The previous Obama administration was not very forthcoming in sharing its advance missile defence system with India, following which New Delhi went ahead to procure it from Russia.

As part of its Indo-Pacific strategy, the Trump administration now seems to be more than inclined to let India procure its missile defence system with talks between the two countries having already started.

“We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region,” said the 2017 National Security Strategy of the US, which has been mentioned in the Pentagon report.

The Missile Defence Review report said that the cornerstone of US’ security and diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific region is its strong bilateral alliances with Japan, South Korea and Australia, and emerging security relationships with others such as India.

Japan and South Korea are working with the US to build missile defence systems that are increasingly interoperable with American defences and increasingly capable against regional offensive missile threats and coercion.

This cooperation includes bilateral missile defence training exercises with the US.

Australia participates in a trilateral discussion on missile defence with the US and Japan. The US and Australia meet annually to discuss bilateral missile defence cooperation. New areas of focus include joint examination of the challenges posed by advanced missile threats, it said.

Source: Hindustan Times

08/01/2019

Senegal hopes to further advance cooperation with China: president

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Senegalese President Macky Sall (L) meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 6, 2019. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

DAKAR, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) — The dynamic and practical relations between Senegal and China are a fine example for other countries, and Senegal hopes to further cooperation with China in various fields, President Macky Sall said on Sunday.

He made the remarks during talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Sall extended congratulations upon the successful soft landing of China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon, saying that his country is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in such fields as science, technology and innovation.

The successful Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2018 shows China’s strategic vision to develop China-Africa ties, the president said.

In the hearts of the African people, they know who is a true friend to them, Sall said, adding that Africa and China share a relationship featuring mutual respect, mutual benefit, win-win cooperation and common development.

Sall said Senegal is willing to push forward the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership with China and will support China’s rightful stance on international affairs.

For his part, Wang said Chinese President Xi Jinping’s successful and historic visit to the West African country in 2018 has injected strong impetus into the two countries’ relations.

The solid political trust between China and Senegal consolidates the foundation for the two countries’ high-quality cooperation in various areas, Wang said.

China is willing to be an enduring and reliable partner for Senegal, the Chinese foreign minister said. He called for closer coordination between China and Senegal, the co-chairs of the FOCAC, to jointly implement the results of the summit and build a closer community with a shared future for China and Africa.

04/01/2019

China, Ethiopia agree to deepen cooperation

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Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde (R) meets with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 3, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Thursday, with both sides highlighting the importance of further strengthening bilateral ties.

The Ethiopian government and all sectors of the society are committed to further strengthening cooperation with China, and look forward to a more robust relationship between the two countries, Sahle-Work said during the meeting held at the Ethiopian Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa.

The president also affirmed Ethiopia’s readiness to continue to actively support and participate in cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Ethiopia and China have consensus and common interests in protecting the world order from shocks of unilateralism, Sahle-Work said, expressing her hope that the two countries would continue to strengthen coordination and cooperation in the United Nations and on other international affairs.

For his part, Wang said that the development of China and Ethiopia will strengthen the developing countries as a whole and enhance the capability of preserving world peace and stability.

Wang said he believes that the Ethiopian government and people have the wisdom to explore a development path which is effective and is in line with Ethiopia’s conditions.

China is willing to be a long-term and reliable partner while Ethiopia is developing the country and rejuvenating the nation, Wang said.

Both sides will implement the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Beijing Summit held in September 2018, strengthen cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative platform, and take it as an opportunity to push forward mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, Wang said.

Wang said he hopes that Ethiopia will continue to play the role of promoting the overall China-Africa cooperation.

01/01/2019

Commentary: 40 years on, cooperation still set to define China-U.S. ties

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File photo taken on April 15, 1971 shows Chinese table tennis player Yang Ruihua (L) shaking hands with U.S. athlete Dick Miles prior to a friendship match, who had met each other since the 1959 World Table Tennis Championships, in Shanghai, east China. Exactly 40 years ago, Beijing and Washington officially established diplomatic relations, thus ending nearly three decades of isolation, hostility and even confrontation between two big countries with a combined population of over 1 billion, and resetting the course of history and international politics. Just like the “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” that marked a thaw in China-U.S. relations, the establishment of diplomatic ties was another wise and resolute decision made by then Chinese and American leaders with great political courage and far-reaching vision. In the past four decades, their successors have followed their footsteps, guiding the China-U.S. relationship through all complexities and difficulties to maintain a generally steady and smooth development. (Xinhua/Fang Guocai)

by Xinhua writers Zhou Xiaozheng, Xu Feng

BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — Exactly 40 years ago, Beijing and Washington officially established diplomatic relations, thus ending nearly three decades of isolation, hostility and even confrontation between two big countries with a combined population of over 1 billion, and resetting the course of history and international politics.

Just like the “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” that marked a thaw in China-U.S. relations, the establishment of diplomatic ties was another wise and resolute decision made by then Chinese and American leaders with great political courage and far-reaching vision. In the past four decades, their successors have followed their footsteps, guiding the China-U.S. relationship through all complexities and difficulties to maintain a generally steady and smooth development.

“There are a thousand reasons to make the China-U.S. relationship work, and no reason to break it,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said while meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, for the first time, at the Mar-a-Lago estate in the U.S. state of Florida in 2017. Indeed, the China-U.S. relationship is regarded by many as the world’s most important bilateral relationship.

The progress of China-U.S. ties in the past 40 years is nothing but staggering, far exceeding most people’s expectations. Bilateral trade grew from a negligible 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in the late 1970s to over 580 billion dollars in 2017, while the stock of two-way investment rose from practically nil to more than 230 billion dollars.

Even more amazing are the fast-paced changes in people-to-people relations. The Chinese, who once regarded having “overseas relations,” especially families or friends in the United States, as a political and social taboo, are now fervently sending their children — some 200,000 to 300,000 a year — to study in the United States. The Americans have also seen off the so-called “Red Scare” and started to embrace Chinese kung fu, giant pandas and even the learning of the Chinese language as their understanding of the once “mysterious Communist state” deepens.

The Pacific Ocean, which used to serve as a “natural moat” blocking direct transportation between the two countries, is now overflown by more than 300 two-way direct flights each week that carry a total of over 5 million visitors each year.

The 40th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic ties comes on the heels of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up. The tremendous economic success and social progress China has scored over the past 40 years result primarily from the diligence, creativity and dedication of the Chinese people, but also benefit from the support and assistance from the rest of the world, including the United States.

In return, the rapidly developing China has never stopped merging with the wider world and playing its role as a responsible member of the international community. When the global financial crisis broke out in 2008, China, upholding an all-in-the-same-boat spirit, took swift action and joined the others in a concerted effort to contain the crisis and help bring the hard-hit U.S. and world economy back on track.

Forty years on, cooperation, which might just be one of the many options for China and the United States on Day One of their mended relationship, has turned out to be the best and only correct option. China-U.S. collaboration has not only created immense development opportunities and brought substantial benefits for both countries and both peoples, but also helped reshape the world order, accelerate globalization and improve global governance, thus serving as a major driving force of global peace and prosperity.

Without doubt, the past four decades have not been a smooth ride for China-U.S. relations. Even their economic and trade relations, now reputed as the “ballast stone for bilateral ties,” have experienced twists and turns, from the tough “textile and apparel quota restrictions” and tedious annual reviews of the “Most Favored Nation” status, to the prolonged talks on China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, as well as the ongoing economic and trade frictions. It also seems to be a topic for endless debate in the United States whether China should be seen as a “partner” or a “threat,” and whether the United States should adopt a strategy of “engagement” or “containment.”

As two major countries with different social systems, development paths and historical and cultural backgrounds, it is natural for China and the United States to have disagreements and encounter problems. But such disagreements and problems did not prevent the two countries from normalizing bilateral relations 40 years ago, nor should they be allowed to derail the sound development of bilateral ties today.

Both being great nations with great peoples, China and the United States need not be afraid of any fair, rational and healthy competition, but must be smart enough to avoid a zero-sum game, which harbors a high risk of dragging both nations back into a lose-lose situation of conflicts and confrontation.

At a time when the world is undergoing unprecedentedly profound changes and is fraught with risks and uncertainties, the global community expects even closer collaboration between the two largest economies, so as to help reinforce mankind’s response to numerous common challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and transnational crimes.

Forty years on, the China-U.S. relationship is once again at a critical point, leaving many on tenterhooks or in a state of speculation. Should the past 40 years be any guide, increasing understanding and win-win cooperation will overcome difficulties and challenges, and cooperation should and will remain at the core of bilateral ties in the long run.

It is all the more comforting and encouraging that both Xi and Trump, in their exchange of congratulatory messages upon the anniversary as well as on multiple other occasions of top-level interaction, vowed to push for more cooperation and further progress of China-U.S. ties.

History has proved that cooperation is the best choice for both sides, Xi said in the message, while Trump said it is his priority to promote cooperative and constructive U.S.-China relations.

From Mar-a-Lago to Beijing and Buenos Aires, meetings and direct communication between the two heads of state, featuring good personal chemistry and rapport at work, have played an irreplaceable role in navigating bilateral ties through uncharted waters. The world has high hopes for them to succeed.

31/12/2018

Xinhua Headlines: China, EU on path of expanding cooperation in outer space

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-30 14:58:41|Editor: Yamei
Xinhua Headlines: China, EU on path of expanding cooperation in outer space

People visit the booth of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation during the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany on Oct. 1, 2018. (Xinhua/Lian Zhen)

by Xinhua writer Zhang Yirong

BERLIN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe was launched earlier this month, and it is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon.

During the mission, China has cooperated with four other countries, three of which are from Europe, an epitome of the increasing space cooperation between China and the European Union (EU) in recent years.

CHANG’E-4 TO THE MOON

The Chang’e-4 mission will be a key step in revealing the mysterious far side of the moon, most of which remains unknown.

Germany’s scientific payload is a “Lunar Lander Neutron and Dosimetry” instrument, developed by Kiel University, which aims to measure radiation on the moon, mainly for future manned missions there, also the water content beneath the landing unit, said Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber, who is leading the research team.

Karl Bergquist, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) administrator for the International Relations Department, called the Chang’e-4 mission scientifically and technologically “very impressive,” because “no one has ever done it, this mission will therefore advance our knowledge of the moon.”

He also called the lunar mission “the first step towards future explorations farther afield.”

Stressing the difficulties of landing on the far side due to spacecraft controlling and signal relay, Wimmer-Schweingruber said that “the satellite is already in place. We’re orbiting the moon right now. It has worked well.”

Earlier, China has already launched a relay satellite “Queqiao,” tasked with transmitting signals between Chang’e-4 and ground control.

Scientific tasks for Chang’e-4 also include low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying the terrain and landforms, as well as detecting the mineral composition and shallow lunar surface structure, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

COOPERATION OPPORTUNITIES

Wimmer-Schweingruber said he’s been working with his Chinese counterparts for nearly two decades, and praised China for its increasing cooperation with international partners.

Apart from Chang’e-4, China has offered and promised multiple opportunities for space cooperation with the EU and beyond recently.

At the International Astronautical Congress held this October in the German city of Bremen, Zhang Kejian, deputy minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, stressed China’s willingness to cooperate with other countries within the space program.

Zhang, who is also the head of the CNSA, noted that Chang’e-6, China’s second sample return lunar mission, will provide 10 kg of payloads on the orbiter and lander for international partners.

China also announced in Vienna this May that all member states of the United Nations (UN) are welcome to cooperate with China to jointly utilize its future China Space Station (CSS).

“The CSS belongs not only to China, but also to the world,” said Shi Zhongjun, China’s ambassador to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna.

The CSS, expected to be launched by 2019 and operational by 2022, will be the world’s first space station that is developed by a developing country and open for cooperation with all UN member states.

Jan Woerner, director general of the ESA, told Xinhua that the ESA welcomes more cooperation with China’s space program, and several European astronauts are now learning Chinese in preparation.

China and the EU signed an agreement in 2015 concerning cooperation in a manned space program, stipulating that the period from 2015 to 2017 was the stage of technological exchanges, and the two sides taking part in each other’s astronaut training programs.

Matthias Maurer, an ESA astronaut of German nationality, told Xinhua that he had studied Chinese for over six years.

After participating in a sea survival training program in waters off the coast of Yantai in east China’s Shandong Province, organized by the Astronaut Center of China in 2017, Maurer hopes to work with astronauts from China and other countries at the CSS.

WIN-WIN RESULTS

China’s achievements and openness in outer space explorations have been welcomed worldwide and are believed to produce win-win results.

China’s opening its CSS will reinforce international cooperation for the peaceful use of outer space, said Simonetta Di Pippo, director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs.

“China is currently the first contributor to our activities in terms of voluntary contributions. This is quite important. It’s a sign of the strong interest of China in collaborating with us, opening up to the entire world the possibility of utilizing your facilities,” said Di Pippo, who hoped to see more cooperation projects in the future.

Maurer viewed the cooperation between China and the EU as win-win. He said China has a lot of advantages such as its own rockets, capsules and a space station.

Europe, on the other hand, has abundant experience in long-duration missions in space “which can be brought into our cooperation to make it develop more efficiently,” Maurer said.

Wimmer-Schweingruber spoke highly of China’s openness, saying “to compensate the weakness of one country with the strength of another, that’s how we work scientifically.”

After collaborating on satellites that monitor earthquakes and their effects, “we now hope to collaborate more intensively on their new space station, that could offer us important flight opportunities for our astronauts, but also for the development of experiments and innovative technologies,” said Piero Benvenuti, commissioner of the Italian Space Agency.

Woerner said the ESA is also discussing using the Chinese manned spacecraft Shenzhou to send European astronauts into space in the future. “Although it is not on the agenda, it’s a possibility,” he said.

“We have worked with the Chinese side for over 25 years. For us Europeans, the exploration of the universe as well as major space science missions are domains in which we collaborate with all space powers: the United States, Russia, China and Japan,” Bergquist said.

“What’s important is to advance our knowledge, and if we can do it together, it’s preferable for everyone,” Bergquist added.

21/12/2018

China, Russia to boost military cooperation

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe met with Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation and Chief of Main Directorate for Political-Military Affairs of the Russian Armed Forces Andrey Kartapolov in Beijing Thursday.

Wei spoke highly of recent exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.

“China is willing to work jointly with Russia, taking the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries next year to resolutely implement the consensus reached by the two heads of states and promote the two sides’ military cooperation to continuously score new achievements,” Wei said.

Kartapolov said Russia would strengthen cooperation with China in the military and other fields, and keep pushing the relationship between the two countries and their militaries to a new level.

17/12/2018

China, Myanmar vow to strengthen ties, cooperation

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Union Minister for International Cooperation of Myanmar U Kyaw Tin in Luang Prabang, Laos, on Dec. 16, 2018. Both Wang and U Kyaw Tin are here to attend the fourth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting to be held on Monday. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

LUANG PRABANG, Laos, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Union Minister for International Cooperation of Myanmar U Kyaw Tin here Sunday, with both sides agreeing to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation at all sectors.

Both Wang and U Kyaw Tin are here to attend the fourth Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting to be held on Monday.

China is ready to be Myanmar’s reliable partner of cooperation, promote high-level exchanges, strengthen cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative and enrich the content of China-Myanmar comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, said Wang.

Both sides should actively implement the recently-signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly build the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, improve related plans and push forward major projects, Wang noted.

China will also support Myanmar to properly solve the northern Myanmar issue following the “Panglong spirit,” said Wang.

On the Rakhine issue, China hopes that Myanmar and Bangladesh will maintain communication and cooperation and realize repatriation of the first batch of displaced persons from Bangladesh at an early date. To this end, China will provide necessary assistance and related organizations of the United Nations should also play a constructive role, he added.

For his part, U Kyaw Tin said his country is satisfied with the development of the Myanmar-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and the relations of the two countries have entered the best period in history.

State Counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International cooperation, the union minister said, adding that Myanmar has formed a steering committee to push forward cooperation programs within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The LMC mechanism has brought benefits to peoples in the region and Myanmar is looking forward to deepening communication and coordination with China under the mechanism, he said.

17/12/2018

China, Thailand pledge to deepen cooperation

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the sidelines of the 4th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting in Luang Prabang, Laos, on Dec. 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

LUANG PRABANG, Laos, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — China and Thailand on Sunday pledged to deepen bilateral cooperation and move forward the construction of the China-Thailand railway.

The pledges were made as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the sidelines of the 4th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting.

Wang said the China-Thailand ties are enjoying sound development, with frequent high-level exchanges and close cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to peoples of the two countries.

China is willing to work with Thailand to enhance communication, do proper planing for deepened cooperation, speed up the construction of China-Thailand railway in a bid to achieve early connection of China-Laos-Thailand railway, and actively explore third-party cooperation, he said.

China would support Thailand’s work as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) rotating chair and steadily move forward the consultation on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea with ASEAN members, said Wang.

China would also push for the early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, speed up East Asian economic integration, and jointly guard against unilateralism and trade protectionism, Wang added.

For his part, Don said Thailand would work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen trade and economic cooperation, actively move forward the construction of Thailand-China railway, and explore different kinds of third-party cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

As ASEAN’s rotating chair in 2019, Thailand would play a constructive role in promoting the development of ASEAN and ASEAN-China relations, said Don.

Thailand is committed to concluding RCEP negotiations within its term of chairmanship, and would work towards regional peace, stability, prosperity and development.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the sidelines of the 4th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting in Luang Prabang, Laos, on Dec. 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

LUANG PRABANG, Laos, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — China and Thailand on Sunday pledged to deepen bilateral cooperation and move forward the construction of the China-Thailand railway.

The pledges were made as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the sidelines of the 4th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting.

Wang said the China-Thailand ties are enjoying sound development, with frequent high-level exchanges and close cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to peoples of the two countries.

China is willing to work with Thailand to enhance communication, do proper planing for deepened cooperation, speed up the construction of China-Thailand railway in a bid to achieve early connection of China-Laos-Thailand railway, and actively explore third-party cooperation, he said.

China would support Thailand’s work as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) rotating chair and steadily move forward the consultation on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea with ASEAN members, said Wang.

China would also push for the early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, speed up East Asian economic integration, and jointly guard against unilateralism and trade protectionism, Wang added.

For his part, Don said Thailand would work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen trade and economic cooperation, actively move forward the construction of Thailand-China railway, and explore different kinds of third-party cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

As ASEAN’s rotating chair in 2019, Thailand would play a constructive role in promoting the development of ASEAN and ASEAN-China relations, said Don.

Thailand is committed to concluding RCEP negotiations within its term of chairmanship, and would work towards regional peace, stability, prosperity and development.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the sidelines of the 4th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting in Luang Prabang, Laos, on Dec. 16, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

LUANG PRABANG, Laos, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — China and Thailand on Sunday pledged to deepen bilateral cooperation and move forward the construction of the China-Thailand railway.

The pledges were made as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at the sidelines of the 4th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting.

Wang said the China-Thailand ties are enjoying sound development, with frequent high-level exchanges and close cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to peoples of the two countries.

China is willing to work with Thailand to enhance communication, do proper planing for deepened cooperation, speed up the construction of China-Thailand railway in a bid to achieve early connection of China-Laos-Thailand railway, and actively explore third-party cooperation, he said.

China would support Thailand’s work as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) rotating chair and steadily move forward the consultation on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea with ASEAN members, said Wang.

China would also push for the early conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, speed up East Asian economic integration, and jointly guard against unilateralism and trade protectionism, Wang added.

For his part, Don said Thailand would work with China to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen trade and economic cooperation, actively move forward the construction of Thailand-China railway, and explore different kinds of third-party cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

As ASEAN’s rotating chair in 2019, Thailand would play a constructive role in promoting the development of ASEAN and ASEAN-China relations, said Don.

Thailand is committed to concluding RCEP negotiations within its term of chairmanship, and would work towards regional peace, stability, prosperity and development.

15/12/2018

China, Afghanistan, Pakistan reach broad consensus on cooperation, Afghan peace process, anti-terrorism

KABUL, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — China, Afghanistan and Pakistan reached broad consensus on trilateral cooperation during the foreign ministers’ dialogue between the three sides, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday.

Wang made the remarks when speaking to the press after attending the 2nd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in Kabul.

Firstly, the three sides agreed to make use of the foreign ministers’ dialogue and relevant mechanisms to strengthen coordination and communication in planning and promoting trilateral cooperation in various fields, Wang said.

Secondly, amid important opportunities in Afghanistan’s reconciliation process, the three sides are willing to strengthen coordination and push for the Taliban’s early return to the negotiation table and reintegration into mainstream politics, Wang said.

Afghanistan is willing to continue push forward the peace plan and push for the resume of peace talks, while China and Pakistan firmly support the Inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, he said.

Thirdly, Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to further improve bilateral ties, implement the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity, boost positive interactions in political, military, economic and security fields, handle disputes through friendly consultation, and properly manage temporarily intractable differences to avoid undermining the improvement of the bilateral ties, said Wang.

Fourthly, the three sides committed to a tightened trilateral cooperation, promising to explore possibilities for projects regarding people’s livelihood and transportation infrastructures, on the basis of personnel exchanges and training, Wang said.

Fifthly, the three sides agreed to promote the construction of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiatives in a bid to boost regional connectivity and economic development, said the Chinese top diplomat.

China and Pakistan supported Afghanistan to make itself a regional pivot by giving a full play of its geographical advantages and to benefit from regional cooperative projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, he noted.

Sixthly, the three sides also vowed to implement the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Counter-Terrorism, enhance dialogues on counter-terrorism policies and push forward pragmatic counter-terrorism cooperation, while taking a strong and firm stand against terrorist organizations including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, said Wang.

China would offer support and help to Afghanistan and Pakistan regarding counter-terrorism causes and cooperation, he added.

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