Wang Yi addresses 7th China-South Asia Expo opening ceremony


                BEIJING, Aug 17 ():Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the seventh China-South Asia Expo in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the expo and also the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative and the neighborhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.

“Over the past decade, we have consolidated solidarity and cooperation to safeguard regional security and the development environment. We have continued to build the Belt and Road and made gratifying progress in connectivity, infrastructure, trade and investment. We have carried out in-depth friendly exchanges, adhered to the principle of openness and inclusiveness, and built a multi-level platform for people-to-people exchanges,” Wang said.

He stressed that China stands ready to work with South Asian countries to strengthen solidarity and coordination, foster new development drivers, build a community of development, and contribute to enduring peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

Wang made suggestions on cooperation in four areas: deepening strategic mutual trust, deepening connectivity, deepening economic and trade cooperation, and deepening people-to-people exchanges.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Lao Vice President Pany Yathotou, Nepalese Vice President Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav, and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang attended the opening ceremony.

All parties thanked China for creating an efficient cooperation platform to help South Asian countries catch a ride on China’s fast train of development, and expected to strengthen solidarity and cooperation with China and contribute to regional openness, inclusiveness, peace, stability and mutual development.