Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council attends the 13th ASEAN+3 Summit in Hanoi. This is a group photo of the participating leaders taken before the opening of the summit
On October 29, 2010, Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council attended and addressed the 13th ASEAN+3 (China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea) Summit, which was held in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Premier Wen said ASEAN+3 (10+3) cooperation has withstood the tests of the unprecedented international financial crisis and has been growing and thriving. The status of 10+3 cooperation, as the main channel for East Asian cooperation, has been further enhanced. It has become a symbol for East Asia to stand in solidarity and strive for common prosperity.
Wen pointed out the competition in today's world is getting increasingly fierce. The international situation is becoming more complex. There are still some uncertain factors in the region. Some problems such as uneven development, high degree of external dependence and imbalanced economic structure, remain unresolved. Therefore, the course of advancing East Asian cooperation should not be changed. Confidence should not be shaken. The efforts should not be reduced. The region must seize opportunities, stand together to address challenges, get rid of interfering factors and move ahead.
Wen proposed that the 10+3 countries strengthen cooperation in the following areas:
1. To accelerate efforts to build East Asia free trade area with the 10+3 as the main channel.
2. To deepen 10+3 financial and fiscal cooperation, further enhance the effectiveness of Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM), strengthen regional economic monitoring mechanism and promote the building of Asian bonds market.
3. To push forward cooperation in such fields as food security, sustainable development of agriculture, interconnection and education.
4. To enhance communication and coordination on major international issues, and strive to achieve positive results for the reform of international financial system, climate change issue and Asia-Pacific cooperation.
Wen said strengthening 10+3 cooperation is the inevitable path for the rejuvenation of East Asia. For our common interest, we should undertake our historical mission and work persistently toward this noble goal.
The other participating leaders expressed agreement with Wen's proposals and held the view that the 10+3 cooperation made great progress and such vigorous cooperation was a model for regional cooperation. To address the challenges, the 10+3 countries need to enhance cooperation, earnestly implement agreements, and advance regional integration process to achieve common prosperity.