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Wang Yi Attends the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On August 2, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wang Yi said, at present, the international situation is undergoing complex and profound changes. Countries in this region, especially developing countries, have a stronger desire to seek peace and development. Meanwhile, various uncertain and unstable factors still exist, and protectionism and unilateralism are spreading. All countries are facing many risks and challenges in their development. How to seize opportunities, meet challenges, and achieve long-term peace and stability and sustainable development in this region are common issues we face. To this end, all parties should do the following:

First is to firmly uphold multilateralism. We should firmly safeguard the international system based on the Charter of the United Nations and other international laws and uphold the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules as its core. Unilateral sanctions and imposing additional tariffs unilaterally are against the WTO rules and not conducive to the settlement of trade issues. Second is to jointly address transnational challenges. In the face of terrorism and other global challenges, no country can stand aloof. Only if we keep aware of the concept of building a community with a shared future and join hands for cooperation in a responsible manner, can we succeed in maintaining our common security and lasting prosperity. Third is to persist in solving hotspot issues through dialogue and consultation. There are many hotspot issues with different root causes in this region. The process of promoting the settlement of these hotspot issues has taught us a lot. Sanctions, threats, and imposing pressure will only intensify contradictions and complicated issues. Dialogue and consultation are the only correct choices for resolving contradictions and differences.

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