, Beijing, November 10 (Li Jingze) Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin announced at a regular press conference on the 10th that at the invitation of the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the rotating ASEAN chairmanship, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be held from November 12 to 15. Japan attended the 23rd China-ASEAN (10+1) Leaders’ Meeting, the 23rd ASEAN and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3) Leaders’ Meeting, the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS), the 4th Subregional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) Leaders’ Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS).

  Wang Wenbin said that since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, countries in the region, including China and ASEAN, have worked together and helped each other to actively carry out joint prevention, control and public health cooperation, orderly strengthen interconnection, accelerate the resumption of work and production, and steadily deepen practical cooperation in various fields. .

Since the beginning of this year, China-ASEAN trade and investment have both achieved growth against the trend. ASEAN has become China’s largest trading partner. China’s investment in ASEAN increased by 76.6% in the first three quarters. The foundation of China’s relations with countries in the region has become stronger and the ties have become closer. The prospects are even broader.

  Wang Wenbin said that at the same time, we must also see that the current epidemic is still spreading globally, the world economy is facing increasing uncertainties, protectionism and unilateralism are on the rise, and East Asia cooperation is also facing some challenges.

  Wang Wenbin said that in this context, China looks forward to this series of leaders' meetings focusing on the two themes of unity to fight the epidemic and seeking common development, so as to jointly maintain the overall prosperity and stability of East Asia.

  The first is to strengthen unity and cooperation, further consolidate regional anti-epidemic results, deepen cooperation in vaccines, diagnosis and treatment technology and experience, promote regional joint prevention and control, and enhance the ability of countries to respond to public health challenges.

  The second is to promote post-epidemic recovery, strengthen interconnection cooperation, advance cooperation in digital economy, smart cities and other fields, build regional "fast channel" and "green channel" networks, maintain the open and unobstructed industrial chain and supply chain, and realize the economic and social situation in the post-epidemic period. sustainable development.

  The third is to uphold multilateralism, maintain the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization as the core, sign regional comprehensive economic partnership agreements as scheduled, promote regional economic integration and economic globalization, and build an open world economy.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area. China is willing to work with ASEAN countries to implement the "Protocol" for upgrading the free trade area and further deepen and expand economic, trade and investment cooperation.

  The fourth is to strengthen the central position of ASEAN, maintain the ASEAN-centered regional cooperation structure, adhere to focus on East Asia, focus on the Asia-Pacific, properly handle regional hot and sensitive issues through dialogue and consultation, adhere to international fairness and justice, and create a good environment for regional peace, stability, development and prosperity . (Finish)