BEIJING: CCTV+BATIE: The ongoing second China-South Asia Cooperation Forum is aimed at strengthening cooperation between China and South Asian countries in various fields, and it is expected to create a new pattern for regional all-dimensional cooperation, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a press briefing in Beijing on Monday.
Themed “deepening regional cooperation, realizing mutual benefits” this year, the forum kicked off in Yuxi, south China’s Yunnan Province on Monday.
Discussion topics focused on closer cooperation in terms of inter-connectivity, business, poverty reduction, finance, and people-to-people exchanges between China and South Asian countries, Geng said.
“From what I know, the forum will issue a document about the China-South Asia economic and social development and regional cooperation prospect. It will also hold a China-South Asia provincial governors and city mayors forum, an economic and trade cooperation meeting, a poverty reduction regional cooperation forum, the 13th meeting of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation, to list only a few,” he said.
Currently, the global situation is encountering growing instability, uncertainties as well as rising unilateralism, protectionism and hegemonism, Geng noted.
“We believe this forum will help to consolidate the opening-up and cooperation between China and other South Asian countries as well as our confidence to pursue mutual benefit and win-win outcome. It will improve our ability to participate in globalization and deal with risks and challenges. It will step up our efforts to develop economy and benefit people in the region. We expect it to create a new pattern for all-dimensional cooperation between China and South Asian countries,” he said.
The forum will last until Tuesday.