Chinese FM sees Asia-Europe Meeting new path in int'l relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) represents a new path for international relations and communications among countries.

When addressing the 13th ASEM foreign ministers' meeting in the Myanmar capital, Wang said the Communist Party of China successfully held its 19th National Congress last month, mapping out a grand blueprint for the development of China in the next 30 years.

As China has entered a new era which will see the country foster closer connections with the world, China will continue to cooperate closely with all parties in Asia and Europe, and jointly strive for a brighter future, he said.

The Chinese top diplomat viewed the ASEM as a new path for countries in the world to develop relations and conduct communications.

Guided by the principle of pursuing dialogue rather than confrontation, forging partnerships instead of alliances, the ASEM nations have maintained stability in Asia and Europe in general, said Wang.

They have contributed to the Asia-Europe development by jointly participating in and promoting the process of globalization, and expanding global trade and investment, he added.

The Asian and European countries have stuck to multilateralism, committed themselves to improving and reforming the system of global governance, and dealt with challenges through cooperation, Wang said.

The Chinese foreign minister put forward a three-point proposal for future Asia-Erupe cooperation.

He urged for concerted efforts to uphold regional peace and stability, citing traditional and non-traditional security challenges in Asia and Europe.

Wang called on Asian and European countries to join hands to tap new growth drivers.

He also proposed the countries work together to explore sustainable governance models.

The Chinese foreign minister met with EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, and his counterparts from Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malta, Norway and Luxembourg on the sidelines of the ASEM meeting.

Source: Xinhua