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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Attended the ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Delivered Remarks

On 10 July 2012, the ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi attended the meeting and delivered remarks.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of APT cooperation. At the meeting, foreign ministers of APT countries spoke highly of the progress made in APT cooperation in financial, economic, trade, food security, social, cultural and people-to-people fields, especially such important achievements as the 240-billion-dollar regional foreign exchange reserve pool and the APT Emergency Rice Reserve with an initial size of 870,000 tons. They shared the view that APT cooperation is one of the most dynamic and productive cooperation mechanisms in East Asia and a bright spot in East Asia cooperation.

In his remarks, Foreign Minister Yang fully recognized the achievements of APT cooperation and called on all parties to draw up a blueprint for APT cooperation at the new starting point of the 15th anniversary. He stressed the need to enhance practical cooperation in economic, trade, financial and other fields, strengthen internal drivers for East Asia's economic growth, effectively tackle economic and financial risks, and attract the private sector and local governments in APT cooperation against the backdrop of a grave global economic and financial situation. He also made specific suggestions for advancing APT cooperation in the political and security field, connectivity, and social, cultural and people-to-people ares. He expressed China's readiness to step up communication and coordination with ASEAN and Japan and the ROK to enable APT cooperation to play a greater role in promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in East Asia and bringing about closer relations among countries.

ASEAN countries thanked China, Japan and the ROK for their efforts and contribution to closer APT cooperation. All sides agreed to use the opportunity presented by the 15th anniversary to further enhance and expand cooperation so that APT cooperation can better play its role as the main vehicle of East Asia cooperation and make greater contribution to regional stability, development and prosperity and East Asian integration. The parties also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared interest.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the launch of APT cooperation, all sides agreed to turn the APT leaders' meeting scheduled for the end of the year into a 15th anniversary commemorative summit and issue a statement at the summit. In addition, China, Cambodia and other countries will host activities in commemoration of the 15th anniversary, including a seminar, cultural forum, the APT Joint Cultural Performance and the APT Youth Leaders' Symposium.

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