ASEAN, China ties praised by Malaysia
Updated: 2005-12-10 06:40
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Friday described
the relationship between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and
China as "practical and pragmatic," saying their co-operation has "contributed
to the regional peace, security and prosperity."
Briefing a press conference, Hamid said it sets "a good model of bilateral
relations between ASEAN and its dialogue partners," and ASEAN ministers believe
the ties with China are "more active and practical as compared to other dialogue
Hamid, who attended the ASEAN
Ministerial Meeting and ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting in the morning, told
reporters on Friday afternoon that almost three quarters of the planned
programmes between ASEAN and China have been implemented. "The relations are
very practical and pragmatic," he noted.
He said that during the morning meeting, China proposed five new additional
priority areas for co-operation transportation, energy, tourism, culture and
public health which were very much welcomed by ASEAN.
Malaysia Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar
speaks to reporters after the ASEAN foreign minister meeting at the Kuala
Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Dec. 9, 2005.
To mark 15 years of co-operation between ASEAN and China, the ministers
proposed to focus on the need for people-to-people contacts, especially among
the young, Hamid said, adding that they have also recommended the establishment
of a centre for Asia and China studies in Viet Nam, and an ASEAN-China
foundation to deepen their relations and promote comprehensive social and
Malaysia will host the 11th ASEAN Summit and related summits on December
12-14, and ministers from the ASEAN and some of its dialogue partners were due
to meet on December 9-11 to make preparations.
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
smiles as he delivers his keynote address during the launch of the 2005
ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Kuala Lumpur December 10,
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam; and China, Japan, the Republic of
Korea, Australia, India, Russia and New Zealand are among its dialogue partners.
In a related development, Hamid was quoted as saying that Japan must work
hard to improve ties with China.
Syed Hamid Albar cited serious problems in China-Japan relations during a
meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso and counterparts from the ten
members of the ASEAN.
"We hope Japan will work hard to improve relations," Hamid was quoted as
saying by Japanese Foreign Ministry official Takio Yamada.
The comments came as China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing again criticized
Japanese leader for visiting a shrine to his country's war dead. "One country's
leader visits a shrine to worship war criminals. This is unacceptable," Li told
reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
(China Daily 12/10/2005 page2)