Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke by phone with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Saturday, and the two sides pledged to preserve the mature ASEAN-centric regional cooperation framework. .
Wang, who stopped over in Malaysia after his 10-day tour of Pacific island countries, briefed Saifuddin on his visit to these countries.
Wang said China and the island states will continue to build the Road and the Belt, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, and seek common development and revitalization.
Calling China a country with major responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific region, Saifuddin said countries in the region look forward to China’s leadership in strengthening South-South cooperation, so as to create a stronger Pacific region. harmonious.
Both sides expressed concern over developments in Europe, especially the fallout from the Ukraine crisis, and agreed that East Asian countries should strengthen strategic communication, enhance unity and coordination and unite to safeguard hard-won peace and development.
China and Malaysia believe that countries in the region should safeguard the mature framework of cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the center, and try to prevent the Cold War mentality from put down roots in this region to create a new confrontation of camps.
They hope that other major countries can play a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Wang has visited the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea as well as Timor-Leste.