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Yang Jiechi
Cover Stories Series 2012> NPC & CPPCC Sessions Wrap-Up> Meeting the Press> Yang Jiechi
UPDATED: March 14, 2012 NO. 11 MARCH 15, 2012
Foreign Policy and External Relations

China and neighboring countries

One should view China's relationship with its neighboring countries in the broader context of the general trend of development. I believe now the general trend is a positive one. China pursues a policy of building good relationships and partnerships with countries in its neighborhood. We are committed to deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation with other Asian countries. Relations between China and other Asian countries are good, and there are a lot of positive factors.

First, there have been close high-level exchanges. Last year, there were high-level mutual visits between China and the majority of other Asian countries. Take ASEAN countries for example. There were over 50 high-level mutual visits between China and ASEAN countries. High-level exchanges have played an irreplaceable role in guiding the efforts of China and other Asian countries in increasing mutual understanding and friendship.

Second, the interests of China and other Asian countries have become more closely entwined. I have visited some Asian countries recently. I feel the Asian countries want to benefit from the sustained, positive momentum of the Chinese economy. And they hope China will enjoy continuous development.

China has become the biggest trading partner of the majority of its neighbors. Last year, trade between China and other Asian countries topped $1 trillion. China's investment in the Asian region approached $20 billion. Cooperation between China and other Asian countries in science, technology, finance, energy and infrastructure has been unprecedented in terms of both breadth and depth.

Third, mutual coordination has increased. China and other Asian countries have helped each other and worked closely together in handling major regional and international issues, pushing forward regional cooperation and tackling the international financial crisis and major natural disasters.

Fourth, there have been dynamic cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Last year, China and many other Asian countries held cultural and people-to-people exchange activities such as friendship years and youth festivals. These activities have helped improve relations between the Chinese people and the people of other Asian countries.

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