Premier Wen Jiabao has explained China's position on various international issues in a keynote speech, delivered at the end of the sixth session of the Asia-Europe Meeting summit. The two-day gathering in Helsinki brings together leaders and top officials from the European Union's twenty-five members, as well as thirteen Asian countries.
At the conclusion of the summit, Asian and European leaders formally accepted India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, into ASEM.
During the speech, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao noted that China was striving to build an environmentally friendly society. He pointed out that energy and environment were the two big challenges the country faced in its economic development. Wen Jiabao stressed that it is essential for China to properly handle these issues, and that by doing so, China would also make an important contribution to the world at large.
Wen Jiabao also noted that China has actively participated in the international cooperation mechanism on climate change. And that it has honored its commitments.
Premier Wen Jiabao also called for strengthening the UN's ability to tackle threats and challenges.
He says China strongly favors that all international disputes be solved through dialogue and negotiation rather than through force, or the threat of force. He added that China has stepped up its anti-terrorism cooperation. And that the country has also worked to root out the causes of terrorism. But Wen Jiabao says China opposes the use of double-standards in fighting terrorism.
Turning to the topic of globalization, the Chinese Premier said Asia and Europe should strengthen their cooperation and also strive to raise competitiveness.
Wen Jiabao also said developed countries should show more flexibility and political will in reducing agricultural compensation and tariffs. This to pave the way for resuming the Doha Round trade talks
Premier Wen Jiabao also mapped out the blueprint for the next ASEM summit to be held in Beijing in 2008.
He extended a warm welcome to those guests planning to attend the summit. He said China would work together with ASEM partners to further promote trade and economic cooperation between Asia and Europe during the Beijing summit. And that China would also strive to build more cultural exchanges and dialogues between different civilizations. This, to make more contributions, as well as further deepens the Asia-Europe partnership.
The Chinese premier also urged ASEM members to cooperate in preventing and controlling infectious diseases, especially bird flu.
Wen Jiabao also spoke about the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Premier Wen said the most important task was to resume the six-party talks, as soon as possible. And he urged all parties involved in the process... to exercise self-restraint.