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China to Promote Regional Cooperation Process in Asia

China is willing to make concerted efforts with concerned parties to further promote regional cooperation process in Asia, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing Tuesday.  

Qin told a regular press conference that China attaches great importance to and takes an active part in the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and other regional cooperation mechanisms.


The ACD, the sole official dialogue and cooperation mechanism oriented towards the whole of Asia, has made cooperation in some specific areas since its founding in 2002, contributing to forming the consciousness of integrity in Asia, Qin said.


At the Fourth ACD Ministerial Meeting to be held on April 6 in Islamabad, Pakistan, Premier Wen Jiabao will address the inaugural session as the keynote speaker, and Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing will attend the meeting, according to Qin.


Foreign ministers of ACD member countries will exchange views on international and regional issues, and on the direction of Asian cooperation. All attendants will also discuss the specific cooperation fields and mechanism construction of the ACD.


Two documents will be issued in the ministerial meeting to reiterate political will of Asian countries to strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and to provide programming for the ACD to develop specific cooperation in economy and other sectors.


ACD is a Thai initiative and aims at exchanging views on promoting cooperation to build an Asia-wide regional bloc.


(Xinhua News Agency April 6, 2005)

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