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Wang Yi Attends and Addresses the Opening Ceremony of International Forum for Trilateral Cooperation (IFTC) 2019

2019-05-10

On May 10, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended and addressed the opening ceremony of International Forum for Trilateral Cooperation (IFTC) 2019 in Beijing.

Wang Yi expressed that this year marks the 20th anniversary of China-Japan-Republic of Korea (ROK) cooperation, which stands at a new historic starting point. For two decades, China-Japan-ROK cooperation has achieved substantial progress and made positive contributions to promoting the well-being of the three peoples, maintaining the peace and stability in Asia, and boosting the global development and prosperity. We have gained the following inspirations: first, political mutual trust is a stabilizer. As long as we earnestly respect each other's core and major concerns, stick to the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking into the future and continue to enhance political mutual trust, China-Japan-ROK cooperation will steadily move forward. Second, economic and trade cooperation is the bedrock. As long as we deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and make the pie of cooperation bigger, China, Japan and the ROK will continue to become the most powerful engines driving the development of East Asia and Asia at large. Third, practical cooperation is the original driving force. As long as we continue to forge synergy on cooperation and constantly move forward, China-Japan-ROK cooperation will always be full of vitality. Fourth, people-to-people and cultural exchanges are positive energy. As long as we whole-heartedly cultivate and care people-to-people and cultural exchanges and constantly strengthen the public support for mutual understanding, China-Japan-ROK cooperation will achieve stable and long-standing development.

Wang Yi pointed out that, at present, China-Japan-ROK cooperation is embracing a rising stage, with new opportunities ahead. As the presidency, the Chinese side is willing to work with Japan and the ROK to elevate the trilateral cooperation so as to make the trilateral cooperation a positive factor maintaining regional peace, a powerful engine driving the growth of Asia, a pioneer advocating open economy, and an important force safeguarding the rules governing international relations. First, we should jointly promote regional peace and stability, constantly increase political mutual trust, abandon the Cold War mentality, and establish a new security concept that conforms to the trend of the times. Second, we should jointly hold high the banner of multilateralism, maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core, uphold the international law system that is based on multilateralism, and safeguard the rules-based multilateral trading system. Third, we should jointly discuss measures for innovative cooperation, lead the development of global innovative industries and seize the opportunity for future development. Fourth, we should jointly build the foundation for people-to-people bonds, further enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation so that the people of the three countries will move from living near each other to being close in heart. Fifth, we should jointly advance the regional integration and development, carry out "China-Japan-ROK plus X" cooperation, make joint efforts to build East Asia Economic Community so as to nurture a community of shared future for Asia and finally achieve the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Wang Yi stressed that, lately, China has successfully held the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. We are willing to listen to and accept the reasonable suggestions given by Japan and the ROK under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits so that the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative will provide broader space for deepening China-Japan-ROK cooperation and become a new highlight and growth point of the trilateral cooperation.

This forum was co-held by the China Public Diplomacy Association and the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat of China, Japan and the ROK. Over 250 guests attended the forum, including former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura of Japan, former Speaker of the National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun of the ROK, Japanese Ambassador to China Yokoi Yutaka, ROK Ambassador to China Jang Ha-sung, Vice President of the China Public Diplomacy Association Hu Zhengyue, Secretary-General of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat Lee Jong-heon, and experts, scholars and media representatives from China, Japan and the ROK.

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