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The Sixth Northeast Asia Economic and Trade Cooperation High-level Forum held
2012/09/11     Source:

On September 6, the Sixth Northeast Asia Economic and Trade Cooperation High-level Forum as an important part of the Eighth Northeast Asia Expo was held in Changchun.
The forum was attended by: Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier Wang Qishan, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Lesotho Seferis Enoch Motta Virginia, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Yan Caili, Princess of Tonga and President of Tonga-China Friendship Association Pyrrholeeuw Tuita, Former South Korean Prime Minister Gao Jian, Jilin Provincial Party Secretary Sun Zhengcai, Chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission Shang Fulin, Chairman of China Insurance Regulatory Commission Xiang Junbo, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Korn Dabbaransi, Deputy Secretary General of the State Council Bi Jingquan, Party Group Secretary and Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei, Party Group Member and Discipline Inspection Team Leader of National Development and Reform Commission Liu Xiaobin, Vice Governor of the People's Bank of China Pan Gongsheng, North Korean Foreign Trade Minister Xu Jifu, Deputy Minister of South Korean Economic Knowledge Wen Zaitao, Foreign Trade Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Zhongfu Daolong, Mongolian Ambassador to Cedengzhabu Sukhbaatar, and Chief Representative of Russian Federation Embassy of Commerce Tsyplakov.

The forum highlighted the theme of "exchange, cooperation, mutual benefit and development", centered on the topic of “consulting on the cooperation framework, promoting healthy, harmonious and sustainable development, and achieving mutual benefit and win-win” to carry out multilateral dialogue, coordinate and resolve a number of major problems in cooperation, continue to explore and establish practical cooperation mechanisms for the region, build a framework of regional cooperation in Northeast Asia, and join hands to promote Northeast Asian development and prosperity.
Wang Qishan delivered a keynote speech at the forum. He pointed out that the cooperation in various fields has shown a good momentum since the Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo was held seven years ago. China has become the largest trading partner of Northeast Asian countries, with two-way investment totaled at $ 65 billion. Among them, the Sino-Russia crude oil pipeline has been put into operation; the Tumen River Regional Cooperation, the Sino-North Korean Economic Zone, the Sino-Japan Caofeidian Eco-Industrial Park and other projects are being accelerated. With accelerated development of border trade and tourism and increasingly close personnel exchanges, the endogenous power of economic cooperation in Northeast Asia has been continuously enhanced. Northeast Asian countries are committed to the transformation of development mode and adjustment of the economic structure,
and are putting forth effort to improve the people's livelihood and accelerate the regional economic integration. China's "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" proposed to build Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia into an important hub of opening to Northeast Asia, and plan outline of opening Northeast China to Northeast Asia has been recently released, which have brought new opportunities to the economic cooperation in the region.
Wang Qishan pointed out that, under the current severe and complicated global economic situation, Northeast Asian countries should strengthen cooperation and work together to cope with the challenges. China is willing to work with countries in Northeast Asia to give play to their strengths, improve the cooperation mechanism and enhance the level of cooperation. Further optimize the trade structure, and strengthen cooperation in energy resources, high-end manufacturing, financial services, tourism, agriculture and other areas. Actively implement the investment protection agreement between China, Japan and South Korea, start the FTA negotiations between the governments, speed up the construction the Changchun-Jilin-Tumen pilot area for opening up, continue to earnestly run the Sino-North Korean Economic Zone, and push forward the joint development of Heixiazi Island. Actively promote cross-border railway and bridge construction, and improve oil and gas pipelines, communications, ports and other supporting networks. Promote the interoperability of the infrastructure, further eliminate trade and investment barriers, promote facilitation of cargo and human resource flow, and create a favorable environment for the cooperation between local governments, enterprises, markets and other levels. The Chinese government will unswervingly deepen reform, expand opening up, adhere to the combination of "bringing in" and "going out", comprehensively improve the level of the open economy, and resolutely oppose trade and investment protectionism. A more open and prosperous China will create tremendous business opportunities for Northeast Asia and the world. The Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo has become an important platform for the region to carry out pragmatic cooperation. We hope that all of you will take this forum as an opportunity, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, achieve more tangible results, and better benefit the people of all countries.
In his speech, Sun Zhengcai expressed a warm welcome to all the attending guests. He said that Jilin Province is located in the geographical core area of Northeast Asia, is China's old industrial base, grain production base and border province. Jilin has gradually got rid of the difficult situation, glowed new vigor and vitality, and entered a new phase of sustained and rapid development. In the next five years, Jilin will achieve “two double”, “double growth", and “seven zooming”. Around this goal, we will unswervingly implement the strategy of opening to the outside world, actively carry out comprehensive, wide-ranging and multi-level pragmatic cooperation with Northeast Asian countries, and work with Northeast Asian countries to create a new situation of common prosperity and development of the Northeast Asian region.

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