APEC Releases a Joint Statement of Minsters Responsible for Trade with Comprehensive Contents for the First Time in Four Year2019-05-27
On May 17-18 2019, the 25th Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade was held in Valparaiso, Chile. Assistant Minister of Commerce li Chenggang attended the meeting on behalf of Minister Zhong Shan.
Focusing on the theme of “Connecting People; Building the Future”, discussions were held on topics such as supporting the multilateral trading system, promoting regional economic integration, and strengthening the inclusive and sustainable growth in the digital age, laying the groundwork for the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in November.
The meeting released the Joint Statement of Ministers Responsible for Trade, and promised to build a free and open trade and investment environment, accelerate the realization of the Bogor Goals, deepen regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, and promote regional inclusive development. It emphasized the WTO's positive contribution to international trade. This is the first time that the Meeting of APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade has successfully released a comprehensive joint statement since 2015.
Li Chenggang pointed out in his speech that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Over the past 70 years, especially in the 40 years of reform and opening up, China has continuously deepened reforms and expanded its opening up, and has made tremendous development achievements. President Xi Jinping proposed to build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future. China closely links its development with Asia-Pacific development and actively contributes "Chinese wisdom" to deepening regional economic integration and interconnection. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of APEC, the Joint Statement of the Ministers Responsible for Trade with comprehensive contents was released for the first time in four years, sending a very strong and positive signal to the outside world. All parties should adhere to the "people-centered" policy concept, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the WTO, oppose protectionism, maintain the momentum of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, and promote the Asia-Pacific economy towards a more open, inclusive, balanced, and win-win direction, and bring tangible benefits to the people in the region.
During the meeting, Li Chenggang also held talks with some heads of delegation.