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Wang Yi talks about 2019 China's Diplomacy: Comprehensively strengthened its ties with neighboring countries, contributing to greater stability in the region

On December 13, State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi attended the Symposium on The International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2019 and deliver a speech. He says, China has comprehensively strengthened its ties with neighboring countries, contributing to greater stability in the region.

Wang Yi says, President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully held their second summit in Chennai. The two leaders had long and in-depth discussions on issues of strategic significance. The summit set the tone for the steady and sound growth of China-India relations and opened new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

General Secretary Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of China-DPRK diplomatic relations. The visit has given a new boost to the traditional friendship between the two countries.

China and Japan reached a ten-point consensus on improving and growing the bilateral relations. Leaders of the two countries agreed to work for a China-Japan relationship consistent with the needs of the new era, bringing the relationship back on track for new progress.

The China-ASEAN FTA Upgrading Protocol has fully entered into force. The first reading of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea has been completed ahead of schedule, and COC consultations are making solid progress. All this has ushered China-ASEAN relations into a new stage of all-round development.

President Xi Jinping visited Central Asia and attended the SCO summit and CICA summit, taking China's relations with Central Asian countries and the development of the SCO to a new level.

China played a pivotal role in bringing about important progress in regional cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Not long ago, the 15 participating countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) concluded all the text-based negotiations, and a timeline has been drawn up for its formal signing. An East Asia-wide free trade area boasting the largest population, most diverse membership and greatest potential in the world is in the making.

Later this month, China will host the eighth China-Japan-ROK (CJK) leaders' meeting. As we mark the 20th anniversary of CJK cooperation, the meeting is set to inject new impetus into cooperation and development in East Asia.

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