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Chinese FM calls for jointly building new type of Asia-Europe partnership

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-11-21 09:40

Chinese FM calls for jointly building new type of Asia-Europe partnership

Participants pose for a group photo during a photo session at the 13th foreign ministers' meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on Nov 20, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

While the European economies are in the process of self healing, Asian economies, especially those of the developing countries, are full of vitality and have become the main engine of global economic growth, Wang said.

The recovery of the world economy calls for joint efforts by Asian and Europan countries to tap new growth points and cooperation between the two sides to create new momentum for development, he said.

To this end, Wang urged Asian and European countries to clearly voice support for multilateral trade system and oppose protectionism in all forms so as to press for liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment as well as economic globalization which is open, inclusive, reciprocal, balanced and win-win.

The Chinese foreign minister proposed that Asian and Europe countries work together to explore sustainable governance models.

Many countries have gained experiences in poverty reduction, pollution treatment, corruption fighting and inclusiveness promotion, and both Asian and European countries, while learning from each other, should follow the paths of development that suit their own national conditions, Wang said.

The ASEM foreign ministers' meeting should serve as a platform for the two sides to exchange experiences on governance and break development bottlenecks.

China has always been an advocate and promoter of Asian-European pragmatic cooperation, Wang said, noting that in 2018, China will hold a series of activities with other Asian-European countries in the fields of connectivity, nuclear power safety and urban water resource management, among others.

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