Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday urged better crisis management capacity and infrastructure in East Asia.
He made the remarks while addressing the 15th summit between ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3).
Wen arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday afternoon to attend a series of meetings of East Asian leaders and pay an official visit to Cambodia.
The Chinese premier called on countries in the region to speed up the revision of the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization, a regional currency swap arrangement, so that it could be more powerful in terms of crisis prevention and assistance. Full story
ASEAN+3 leaders pledge closer partnership on 15th anniversary
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan, South Korea and China on Monday expressed their will to forge closer ties during a summit at the Peace Palace in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
The summit coincided with the 15th anniversary of ASEAN Plus Three (APT) cooperation, a regional mechanism that functions as a coordinator of cooperation between ASEAN and the three East Asian nations of China, Japan and South Korea.
During their meeting, the leaders took note with satisfaction of the expanding and deepening cooperation among them in all spheres, in particular, politics and security, economy, connectivity, food security and energy.
With the first APT summit held in December 1997, the forum has been playing an irreplaceable role in promoting East Asian unity and coordination, deepening regional economic integration and expanding horizon for common development. In the face of a weakening global economic recovery and complicated international and regional circumstances, the leaders agreed to work collectively to tackle challenges, make good use of the well-established cooperation mechanism and give full play to their own advantages, said a joint statement adopted at the end of the APT Commemorative Summit.
Monday's meeting reviewed the progress made under the guidance of the 1999 Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation and 2007 Second Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation. Full story
ASEAN+3 leaders meet in Cambodia to chart future cooperation
The ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and South Korea) Summit was held here on Monday to discuss measures and actions to further enhance cooperation in the future.
The Summit was made between the leaders of the ten-country ASEAN led by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leaders of the +3 countries including Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
Before starting the Summit, there was the Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the ASEAN+3 Cooperation by screening a documentary on the ASEAN+3 Cooperation achievements.
Speaking at the opening of the Summit, Hun Sen said that the Summit was to review the progress of the ASEAN+3 Cooperation and ASEAN+3 future cooperation directions and the exchange of views on regional and international issues. "During the past 15 years, ASEAN+3 countries have been carrying out cooperation more deeply, covering 66 institutions in 22 priority areas ranging from politics and security to economics, finance, trade and investment, connectivity and socio-cultural affairs," he said. "We are pleased to see the fruitful achievements in all fields from the ASEAN+3 Cooperation."
"The Plus 3 countries have become a strong partnership for ASEAN, contributing to the development of ASEAN and ensuring peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region," he said.
He added that the future support by the Plus 3 countries for ASEAN is very important to build an ASEAN's prosperous region.
Addressing the Summit, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that the Summit was a special one because it was also to mark the 15th Anniversary of ASEAN+3 Cooperation.
"I come here with sincere desire to increase mutual trust and enhance cooperation with all partners and I am looking forward to joining with leaders to discuss future cooperation and development, " he said.
He said over the past 15 years, thanks to a concerted effort by ASEAN and the Plus 3 countries, the cooperation has steadily grown and made remarkable achievements despite changes in regional and international landscapes.
"Together, we have tackled a few major crises successfully. One was during the 1997, the Asian financial storm," he said.
The Summit adopted the ASEAN+3 Leaders' Joint Statement on the Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of ASEAN+3 Cooperation and the Leaders' Statement on ASEAN+3 Partnership on Connectivity, Hun Sen said.
Founded in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should bring the treaties ratified into practice in their joint endeavor to realize the ASEAN Community by 2015, a top official said yesterday.
At the ongoing ASEAN summit in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said that participating leaders, in their talks, have been satisfied with the progress made in seeking regional integration.
"Some 74-75 percent of major instruments of cooperation among ASEAN members on establishing the community have been ratified by the member states," Pitsuwan said.
However, he stressed: "Each member state will have to bring the treaties to implementation and practice from regional level down to the state level."
Delegates told reporters that the AEC will be launched at the end of 2015 - December 31 - rather than on January 1, 2015 as originally envisioned.
The community would integrate the diverse nations' economies, covering trade, investment and other measures.
Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had proposed the later start date and won the approval of all members. He said the ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting had earlier agreed the implementation could begin on January 1, 2015, but the leaders agreed yesterday that much work had yet to be done.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in the Cambodia capital yesterday to join expanded ASEAN meetings for the next two days.
US President Barack Obama will also fly to Cambodia today to attend the so-called East Asia Summit, an annual forum where ASEAN leaders and their counterparts from eight other nations, including China and the US, would discuss security and economic concerns.
During the summit, the leaders are expected to announce the start of negotiations for an expanded free-trade area involving ASEAN member countries and six regional economic powerhouses that include China but exclude the US.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak here on Sunday and pledged to boost cooperation between the two nations.
Wen noted that in recent years, China-Malaysia relations have increasingly developed and are among the best bilateral ties China has developed with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Both sides have attached more importance to mutual understanding and support in political and security spheres with strategic perspectives, said the Chinese premier.
Noting China has become Malaysia's largest trading partner, Wen also said that the two countries have achieved outstanding progress in cooperation in finance, major projects and cultural exchanges.
All these developments have not only enabled both sides to work together to better cope with complicated regional situations and the global financial crisis, but also have set up a basis for achieving common development in the longer-term and of higher levels for the two countries, he added. Full story
Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Sunday that the relationship between China and Cambodia has set a good example of friendly ties between neighboring countries.
Wen made the remarks during a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between China and Cambodia has witnessed rapid development in recent years, Wen said.
The two sides have treated each other with respect, mutual trust and strongly supported each other over issues bearing each other's core interests, Wen said. Full story
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Sunday and pledged to boost economic cooperation with Indonesia to push bilateral ties to higher levels.
Both leaders spoke highly of the bilateral ties, according to Qin Gang, spokesman for the Chinese delegation to a series of meetings for East Asian leaders in Phnom Penh.
The meetings will include the 15th summit between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as the 15th summit between ASEAN, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the 7th East Asia Summit. Full story