Asian senior officials attending the Asian ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting take a group photo in Chengdu on August 6.
Chengdu, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Efforts should be made to support multilateralism, strengthen interconnection and other pragmatic cooperation between Asia and Europe, and forge an open world economy, stated senior officials attending the Asian ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting (ASOM) here Tuesday.
Initiated and sponsored by China, the ASOM was held in Chengdu, provincial capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province on Tuesday, attended by senior officials from 21 Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is the largest platform for inter-governmental dialogue and cooperation on the Eurasian continent, said China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ma Zhaoxu when addressing the opening ceremony of the meeting.
The vice minister noted that all ASEM members, especially Asian members, should enhance cooperation and exchanges, defend multilateralism, and work together to build an open world economy for the benefits of Asian and European people.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and China will continue to deepen reform and opening-up in an all-round way, in a bid to provide more cooperation opportunities for the world and jointly build a community with shared future for mankind, Ma added.
Other Asian senior officials also expressed their willingness to strengthen cooperation with China in addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development and other fields, support multilateralism and launch more pragmatic cooperation in interconnection, jointly pushing the Asia-Europe cooperation to a new level. (Contributed by Yuan Bo, Edited by Gu Shanshan)