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Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council: Wang Qishan
2012/09/11     Source:

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:
Great pleasure to attend the Sixth Northeast Asia Economic and Trade Cooperation High-level Forum. I on behalf of the Chinese government extended a warm welcome to the ladies and gentlemen!
Since Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo was held seven years ago, cooperation in various fields has shown a good momentum. China has become the largest trading partner of Northeast Asian countries, with a 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.

The six countries in Northeast Asia are connected to each other by land and, have a land of more than 28 million square kilometers and a population of 1.7 billion, and account for one fifth of the world total economy, have high complementarity in energy, resources, capital, technology and other aspects and huge potential for cooperation. Northeast Asian countries are hammering at the transformation of development mode and adjustment of the economic structure, and putting forth efforts 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.
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 strength, 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.

Ladies and gentlemen!
Since the beginning of this year, the Chinese economy has been running smoothly. In accordance with the overall tone of making progress while ensuring stability, we will place the stable growth in a more important position, and make efforts to promote stable and rapid economic development. We 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 the countries.

I wish the current Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo and High-level Forum a great success!
Thank you!

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