Keynote Address by H.E. Li Keqiang Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China At ASEAN Secretariat
Jakarta, 7 May 2018
Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN,
Permanent Representatives to ASEAN,
Members of the diplomatic corps,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to visit the ASEAN Secretariat. The first thing I saw upon entering the Secretariat court was the billowing national flags of the ASEAN member states. For me that is a powerful symbol of the unity and vibrancy of ASEAN as an organization. As ASEAN's permanent institution, the Secretariat has played an important role in promoting ASEAN community building and ASEAN's exchange and cooperation with the rest of the world. Let me extend, on behalf of the Chinese government, warm greetings and best wishes to all colleagues of the Secretariat, to the diplomatic envoys, to friends from the think tanks and media, and to all those who have cared for and supported the friendship and cooperation between China and ASEAN.
Celebrating its golden jubilee last year, ASEAN has been one of the most successful organizations of regional cooperation. With united and pioneering efforts over the past half a century, ASEAN countries have lifted Southeast Asia from the woes of conflict and poverty, and turned the sub-region into a land of peace, stability and development. You have established the first sub-regional community in Asia. You succeeded in setting up an ASEAN-led regional cooperation architecture and making ASEAN an important player in upholding regional peace and stability, advancing regional integration and promoting world multi-polarity. ASEAN's progress is a testament to the unity, resilience, vitality and strength of its ten members. I admire the extraordinary achievements ASEAN has made and I am fully confident that ASEAN enjoys an even brighter future.
Linked by mountains and rivers, China and ASEAN are good neighbors, good friends and good partners. Our cooperation has gone far beyond the bilateral scope and has become an important force for promoting peace, stability and common prosperity in our region. Taking ASEAN as a high priority in its neighborhood diplomacy, China has been committed to growing friendship and cooperation with ASEAN, and supported ASEAN community building and ASEAN centrality in regional cooperation. China supports ASEAN in playing an even bigger role in developing an open and inclusive regional architecture.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership. In the past 15 years, we have nurtured good-neighborly relations and built mutual trust. We stood side by side during challenging times, such as the global financial crisis and major natural disasters, and made tireless efforts to promote regional peace and common prosperity. By deepening cooperation with a people-centered approach, we have worked together to develop the Belt and Road Initiative and enhance people-to-people exchange, delivering real benefits to the countries and peoples in the region.