BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15 that China hopes to see continued peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia-Pacific is the common home for all countries in this region, and China does not want to see any party feeling compelled to choose sides under the influence of the Cold War mentality, he said at a news conference after the conclusion of the annual legislative session.
“We have always put the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the priority position in China’s neighborhood diplomacy,” Premier Li said. “We will continue to support ASEAN’s community-building efforts and its centrality in regional cooperation.”
China hopes that the Asia-Pacific region will be one that enjoys good order and stability, a region that is able to work out issues through consultation and principles, properly manage differences and has the wisdom to resolve differences, the Premier said.
China and ASEAN have been pushing forward consultation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, and substantial progress has been made in this regard, he said.
“We hope to see continued peace and stability in the South China Sea, and we believe that specific disputes should be addressed and resolved through dialogue among the parties directly concerned,” he said. “All countries in this region should work together for peace, stability and development.”
The Premier said China and the United States have been cooperating with each other for a long time in the Asia-Pacific region, and there is a wide area of common interests and cooperation between the two countries.
“For example, many US multinationals place their Asia-Pacific headquarters in China,” he said.
He hopes the areas of cooperation between the two countries will continue to expand.