Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday spelled out China's stance on the South China Seaissue in his speech at the 11th East Asia Summit, calling for concerted efforts of all relevant parties to properly handle disputes.
The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) and China, South Korea, Japan (ASEAN Plus Three) have promised to work together to promote their cooperation on sustainable development.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday that the relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are getting mature after the two sides established dialogue mechanism 25 years ago.
The China-ASEAN relationship transcends bilateral dimension and is becoming an important cornerstone of peace, stability and development of East Asia, he said.Li called on China and ASEAN to conjoin China's Belt and Road Initiative with other regional development strategies to promote integration.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives to attend a ceremony to issue the Joint Leaders' Statement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership after the 11th East Asia Summit in Vientiane, Laos, Sept. 8, 2016.
China and ASEAN have valued the development and their cooperation in the principle of mutual respect, understanding, trust and support since 1991 when they established the dialogue relations, he said.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived here late Tuesday to start his first official visit to Laos, where he will attend the East Asia Summit and other leaders' meetings.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and related summits are scheduled here in the Lao capital on Tuesday, with the main theme of "Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community."