Wang Yi Outlines Series of Foreign Ministers' Meetings on East Asia Cooperation with Three " Mosts"
2017/08/08

On August 8, 2017 local time, after attending the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings on East Asia cooperation in Manila, the Philippines, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media and introduced information of the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings and China's views.

Wang Yi said that the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings on East Asia cooperation have just ended. From China's perspective, the real progress made by Foreign Ministers' meetings is that under joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, we have stabilized the situation of the South China Sea, conducted effective cooperation and pulled the controversies back on the track where all parties directly concerned can resolve this issue through dialogue and negotiation. We have succeeded in formulating and adopting the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea framework as well as declared to launch substantive negotiation on the specific drafts at an appropriate time within this year after being fully-prepared.

The most distinctive contrast in the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings is that China and South China Sea coastal states all highly affirm the positive and stable situation in the South China Sea while some other countries outside the South China Sea are still dwelling on the past and turning a blind eye to positive changes of the situation. These countries disagree on the valuable outcomes jointly achieved by China and ASEAN countries, and even release negative information. The statement issued by Foreign Ministers of the US, Japan and Australia was an example. With such a sharp contrast, we cannot help wondering whether some countries are unwilling to see the stabilized situation in the South China Sea or the further stabilized situation in the South China Sea does not conform to the interests of these countries.

The most concerned topic in the series of Foreign Ministers' meetings is the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, which is talked about not only at Foreign Ministers' meetings of ASEAN and different countries, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' meetings and ASEAN Regional Forum, but also at various bilateral meetings. The discussion was different from any other occasion, as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) sent its Foreign Minister to sit together with us this time. We definitely share our views on this issue and meanwhile listen to the DPRK's voice. I think it is fair and beneficial to all of us. We cannot obviously reach consensus at one time, but discussing is better than isolating, exchanging opinions is better than being opposite. China clearly advocates achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining its peace and stability and solving issues through dialogue and consultation. In the meantime, we always hold that the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is a security issue in its essence. The international community is urging the DPRK to give up its pursuit of nuclear missile development, and the DPRK hopes to ease external military pressure. Therefore the issue is not about economy but about security in essence. All parties should manage to address the reasonable security concerns, so that they can focus on the core of the issue. China proposed the "suspension for suspension" initiative in this regard to address the most pressing security concern, break the current vicious circle and find a breakthrough for the resumption of peace talks. More and more countries understand and support the "suspension for suspension" initiative, and also pay more attention to the roadmap made by China and Russia to solve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue peacefully. I would like to reiterate that as a permanent member of the Security Council, China will unswervingly, comprehensively and strictly implement the UN Resolution 2371 since it has agreed on the Resolution. The implementation of the resolution also creates necessary conditions for the resumption of peace talks.

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