H.E. Wang Yi, the newly appointed Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China today called on the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh at the ASEAN Secretariat.

During their meeting, SG Minh and Foreign Minister Wang Yi exchanged views on a wide range of topics, including ways and means to further strengthen the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership.

“ASEAN-China cooperation has expanded to cover a wide range of areas, especially over the past ten years in implementing our Strategic Partnership. Since we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership this year, there is need to further build on the achievements to strengthen our relations”, said SG Minh. Both sides are working on a list of activities to celebrate the anniversary, which includes the proposal for an ASEAN-China Special Foreign Ministers Meeting in Beijing later this year.

SG Minh suggested that ASEAN and China further strengthen cooperation in a number of areas such as in combating transnational crime, maritime cooperation, ASEAN Connectivity, implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), science and technology, health, and food and energy security.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed that the new Leadership of China attaches great importance to its relations with ASEAN and strongly supports ASEAN’s central role in East Asia cooperation. “We will also strongly support ASEAN’s Community building efforts and the integration process, the Foreign Minister said. Sharing SG Minh’s views on priority areas of cooperation, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would focus its cooperation with ASEAN, among others, in three areas, namely supporting the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, maritime cooperation and efforts towards a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

SG Minh and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also exchanged views on the issue of the South China Sea. They emphasised the importance of ensuring full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and moving towards the conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). They reaffirmed that maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea and the region continues to be of paramount importance.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also extended invitation to SG Minh for an official visit to China.

During the visit to the ASEAN Secretariat, Foreign Minister Wang Yi was accompanied by H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Ambassador of China to ASEAN and H.E. Mr. Liu Jianchao, Ambassador of China to Indonesia.