Wen praises ASEAN way in handling territorial disputes

2012-11-19 22:46:58 GMT2012-11-20 06:46:58(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L) attends a summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19, 2012. The summit coincided with the 15th anniversary of ASEAN Plus Three (APT) cooperation. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L) attends a summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19, 2012. The summit coincided with the 15th anniversary of ASEAN Plus Three (APT) cooperation. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (6th L) and other leaders hold hands for a photo during a summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19, 2012. The summit coincided with the 15th anniversary of ASEAN Plus Three (APT) cooperation. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (6th L) and other leaders hold hands for a photo during a summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19, 2012. The summit coincided with the 15th anniversary of ASEAN Plus Three (APT) cooperation. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L)Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L)

China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have enough wisdom and capability to properly handle territorial and maritime disputes, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday.

Speaking at the 15th China-ASEAN summit in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, Wen said seeking consensus through consultation and accommodating each other's concerns were the core principles of the ASEAN way.

The smooth implementation of cooperation among East Asian countries could be largely attributed to the adherence to the ASEAN way, which calls for shelving disputes and promoting consensus and unity, Wen said.

East Asian countries should follow such spirit when dealing with various issues including territorial or maritime disputes, he added.

Ten years ago, China and the ASEAN countries signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and reached a series of important principles and consensus, Wen said.

These included: jointly maintaining and enhancing peace and stability in the South China Sea, solving territorial and jurisdictional disputes through consultations between sovereign countries directly involved, not taking actions that would complicate and enlarge the South China Sea issue, and opposing internationalization of the issue.

Over the years, there had been peace and stability in the South China Sea region, proving that China's dialogue and communication channels with the ASEAN countries were effective and should be cherished, Wen said.

China recently agreed with the ASEAN countries to accumulate consensus through deep dialogue and create conditions to start talks on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, which is a natural extension of the declaration, Wen said.

ASEAN leaders, at a summit on Sunday, agreed not to internationalize the South China Sea issue, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday.

Hun also said ASEAN leaders agreed to implement the declaration in a comprehensive manner and continue to conduct consultations in line with the principles outlined in it.

China is willing to increase dialogue and enhance cooperation with ASEAN members in security and strategy, and make further contribution to East Asia's lasting peace and prosperity, Wen said.

The primary task for China-ASEAN cooperation at present was to cope with the global financial crisis. Against the backdrop of the crisis, the integration of regional economies will have a profound impact on the world landscape, Wen said.

China willing to enhance security, strategic cooperation with ASEAN

China is willing to increase dialogue and enhance cooperation with ASEAN members in security and strategic fields, and to make further contribution to East Asia's lasting peace and prosperity, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here on Monday.

Wen made the remarks when addressing the 15th China-ASEAN summit, which the Chinese leader co-chaired with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

China supports ASEAN's bid to seek strength in unity, Wen said, adding that China opposes not only hegemony and power politics, but also the idea of regional affairs managed or dominated by big powers.

He called on related parties in East Asia to properly handle their differences and disputes in the spirit of seeking consensus through consultation and accommodating each other's concerns, so as to preserve the overall situation of cooperation and development in the region.

He asked the ASEAN partners to fend off all kinds of disturbances and push forward the integration process in a comprehensive manner, in a bid to promote a long-term, high-quality development of East Asia.

The China-ASEAN relations have maintained a good momentum of development in the past year and new breakthroughs have been made, laying a solid foundation for further development of their relations, Wen said.

The two sides should make more efforts in the construction of a free trade zone and enhance cooperation in science and technology, push forward the connectivity projects and increase social and cultural exchanges, Wen said.

China and ASEAN have worked together in the past 20 years in overcoming various challenges and succeeded in safeguarding regional peace and stability, Wen said.

However, the global and regional situation has undergone complicated changes due to the ongoing global financial crisis, which brings not only new opportunities for development but also uncertainties, Wen said.

He urged ASEAN members to focus on common interests, stay in the right direction and make concerted efforts to revitalize East Asia.

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Editor: Yu Runze
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