Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Friday met with leaders attending the 16th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, to be held from September 21 to 24 in Nanning, the capital city of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The foreign leaders are Myanmar’s Vice President U Myint Swe, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit, and Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, special envoy of Indonesian president and Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs.
When meeting with U Myint Swe, Han, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said that the next year marks the 70 anniversary of the establishment of China-Myanmar diplomatic ties, and the two countries should take the opportunity to maintain the good momentum of high-level exchanges, deepen the Belt & Road cooperation, and promote bilateral relations to a new level.
U Myint Swe said Myanmar cherishes its friendship with China and thanks to China for the support for peace and reconciliation in Myanmar.
He added that Myanmar is willing to cement bilateral high-level exchanges, actively participate in the Belt & Road Initiative and deepen cooperation in such areas as economy, technology, agriculture, fishery, and personnel training.
In the meeting with Vu Duc Dam, Han said China and Vietnam should enhance political mutual trust, strengthen unity and cooperation, consolidate the public support for bilateral relationship, to ensure the sound and steady development of bilateral relations on the right track.
Han also expected Vietnam to play a positive role in promoting the development of China-ASEAN relations as Vietnam will take the rotating Presidency of the ASEAN next year.
Vu Duc Dam said that developing relations with China is the priority for Vietnamese diplomacy, expressing readiness to work with China to deepen political mutual trust, consolidate friendship, and promote the development of ASEAN-China relations.
When meeting with Hor Namhong, Han said that as comprehensive strategic partners, China and Cambodia should continue to carry forward traditional friendship, deepen cooperation, promote the synergy between the two countries’ development strategies, seek high-quality cooperation on the Belt & Road Initiative, and advance major project cooperation.
Hor Namhong said Cambodia is grateful to China for its assistance to Cambodia in safeguarding national sovereignty and developing its economy. Cambodia is willing to firmly promote the development of bilateral ties, actively participate in the Belt & Road Initiative and deepen bilateral cooperation.
When meeting with Sonexay Siphandone, Han said China and Laos should deepen practical cooperation in various field, consolidate the foundation of public support for bilateral ties, and work together to build a community of shared future with strategic significance.
Sonexay Siphandone said Laos is willing to strengthen cooperation with China under the Belt & Road Initiative and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation mechanism and build a community of shared future with China.
When meeting with Jurin Laksanawisit, Han said China and Thailand should take the opportunity of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year to deepen the bilateral relations. He expressed the hope that Thailand will make greater contributions to the development of China-ASEAN relations as it holds the rotating presidency of the ASEAN.
Jurin Laksanawisit said Thailand will actively promote synergy between the overall interconnection plan of the ASEAN and the Belt & Road Initiative, and work for greater development of ASEAN-China relations and East Asia cooperation.
In the meeting with Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Han said China and Indonesia are both large developing countries and emerging economies in Asia, and that the potential for bilateral cooperation is huge. He encouraged the two sides to actively promote the Belt & Road cooperation and deepen pragmatic cooperation.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the Indonesian side is willing to learn from China’s reform and development experience, actively participate in the Belt & Road cooperation, expand two-way investment and cooperation in emerging areas.