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Wang Yi: Mutual Trust Between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Has Increased Notably, Leading to More Positive Mutual Perceptions and Outlooks

2018-12-11

On December 11, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended and addressed the opening of the Symposium on the International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2018.

Wang Yi expressed that the China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) comprehensive strategic partnership is maturing, and consultation on a code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea has entered a fast track. As China and ASEAN member states work together to maintain stability and conduct maritime cooperation in the South China Sea, our mutual trust has increased notably, leading to more positive mutual perceptions and outlooks on our relations. Under these circumstances, whatever risks that may exist in the South China Sea have been caused by the show of force and provocation by certain non-regional countries under the pretext of "freedom of navigation". However, these moves will by no means upend the overall stability in the South China Sea or erode mutual trust between regional countries.

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