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Statement by H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao

President of the People's Republic of China

Dear President Nursultan Abishevich!

Dear Presidents,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Friends,

First of all, let me welcome the opening of the Second Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia! I want to express sincere gratitude to the government and people of Kazakhstan for the work in organizing this meeting.

The CICA, which is founded on the initiative of President Nazarbayev, having received further development, gradually has become an important forum, the agenda of which is always dedicated to the issues of security and cooperation in Asia, forum, which is to facilitate dialogue among civilizations and search for mutual understanding between various countries. China has always paid a great attention and taken part in the CICA process. I assure you that onwards we, being guided by the principles and goals of the Conference, shall continue to support its significant efforts on promoting security in the Asian region and expanding regional cooperation.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

The Asian continent differs with its variety. Today Asia is thriving as never before. Our continent is considered as one of the most dynamic regions of the world with respect to economic development. Successes of Asia much depend on consolidation and interaction of all countries and peoples of the region, and it would be better, if all Asian countries unite in their efforts to make our continent the region of lasting peace, common prosperity and full harmony. And in order to achieve this we, to my mind, have to concentrate our efforts in the following directions:

First, to strengthen mutual confidence and increase interaction in order to create a new security configuration in Asia. It is necessary for us to consistently advocate that all the countries have the right to defend its independence, the right to choose on their own the way of development and elaborate internal and foreign policy as well as the right for equal participation in the international affairs and equal development.

Second, to learn from each other, to facilitate the common prosperity of various civilizations, to encourage links and mutual exchange and advocate that all civilizations be tolerant to each other, finding common values while preserving their peculiarities.

Third, to support the multilateral approach and increase cooperation both in the region and beyond. It is necessary to expand cooperation within the frameworks of such regional organizations or mechanisms as SCO, CIS, EurAsEC, АSЕАN, CICA, to create a strong network of partner relations with the purpose to supplement each other. Simultaneously we should strengthen cooperation and coordination with the countries, outside the region, to expand dialogue and exchange with adjacent areas. This, to my opinion, would be in the interests of development and prosperity for all the countries of Asia.

Fourth, to keep on deepening economic cooperation, being guided by principles of mutual benefit and mutual advantage. It is necessary for us to substantially identify the area where we can mutually complement each other in economy as well as the potential of the Asian countries in the fields of finance, agriculture, communications and also in the sphere of health care, to create favourable conditions for trade and investment activity and make efforts in facilitating economic integration in region, so achieving common development and attention.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Chinacannot develop without Asia. While developing China continues to give a significant impetus to the development of whole of Asia. We shall resolutely move on the path of peaceful development, pursue foreign political course of good-neighbourliness and partnership with regard to adjacent countries, so as our neighbours could live in good neighbourhood in tranquillity and material prosperity. I assure you, that we are ready to make efforts with our Asian partners to open a fine future of Asia.

At this moment I recall the well-known Kazakh proverb that says: there is nothing further than yesterday, there is nothing nearer than tomorrow. I am convinced that Asian peoples, who have many centuries of glorious history and who possess huge creative potentials, are capable of create a fine future of their continent.

Thank you for attention.