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ASEAN related meetings increase mutual understanding: Chinese FM

PHNOM PENH, July 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Thursday said to the press after the ASEAN Regional Forum ( ARF) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that he believe the ASEAN related meetings have been productive and increased mutual understanding.

According to Yang, China’s views and positions on issues of various fields have won the understanding and support from many other countries attending the meetings. Yang said he have had positive, meaningful meetings and contact with many ministers from ASEAN and other countries.

Yang said, “East Asian regional cooperation has achieved many important results over the years and made important contribution to regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, with China having also made tremendous effort towards this end.”

The foreign minister also said, “in the face of acute impact of the international financial crisis and sluggish world economic recovery, it is all the more important for countries in the Asia- Pacific to strengthen unity and collaboration, expand and upgrade cooperation, enhance the internal drivers of growth and foster a better environment for regional stability and development.”

Yang Jiechi arrived in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Monday midnight for the week-long ASEAN ministerial level meetings, including the 45th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and the 19th ARF.

The 19th ARF kicked off here at the Peace Palace on Wednesday afternoon, with foreign Ministers and representatives from 27 countries and ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan attending the meeting.

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Written by Kham

13/07/2012 at 3:02 am

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