China, Asean pledge efforts to safeguard regional peace

In this file photo dated June 7, 2021, the Special Asean-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations is held in Chongqing, Southwest China. - Xinhua

BEIJING (Xinhua): China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Tuesday (June 15) pledged joint efforts to safeguard regional peace.

The pledge was made at the 12th China-Asean Defence Ministers' Informal Meeting, held via video link. The event was co-chaired by Chinese State Councilor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe and Brunei's Second Minister of Defence Awang Halbi Mohd Yussof.

Brunei holds the rotating chair of Asean in 2021.

Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of China-Asean dialogue partnership, Wei said the defence departments of both sides should provide support for pushing the China-Asean strategic partnership to a higher level.

China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Asean countries in the field of national defence and military development, and continue to actively provide vaccines and other materials to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, he added.

On the South China Sea issue, Wei said the relevant parties should build consensus, manage differences, and advance cooperation to jointly uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea.

Asean defence leaders spoke highly of the development of Asean-China relations and appreciated China's assistance in fighting Covid-19.

They expressed the willingness to work with China to better safeguard regional peace, stability, prosperity and development.

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