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China pledges infrastructure help at ASEAN

By Xinhua

China pledges infrastructure help at ASEAN
From left: Brunei's Foreign Minister Mohamed Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh and Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi clap after a group photo during the 5th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 6, 2015. (Bre ndan Smialowski / Pool Photo via AP)

KUALA LUMPUR - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here that China will provide developing countries, including Southeast Asian nations, with infrastructure "most in need."

At a press conference after the China-ASEAN (10+1) Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Wednesday, Wang said the priorities of the cooperation between ASEAN and China in the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road should be infrastructure construction and international cooperation in production capacity.

The minister said China and the ASEAN countries, at different stages of industrialization, could realize complementarity. The cooperation between them bore its unique characteristic, he said, which meant China will take the needs of target countries into consideration before it provided the infrastructure and industrial production capacities "most in need."

"That is certainly of high quality and sustainability," he said.

In the process of cooperation, China had no intention of competing with other countries, the Chinese minister said. However, it seemed that a certain country did not really want to work on cooperation, but actually intended to "grapple with" China.

All countries should harness their respective advantages and focus on their own affairs, Wang said.

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