We, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other Heads of delegation from 22 member countries of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), namely, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, the State of Kuwait, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Sultanate of Oman, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, the State of Qatar, the Republic of Singapore, the Democratic Socialistl Republic of Sri Lanka, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, gathered in Qingdao, China for the Third ACDl Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
We note that the international situation is undergoing complex and
profound changes and emphasize that peace, development and
cooperation are current international order. We also note that factors
adversely affecting peace and development still exist, but maintaining
peace and stability, promoting development and prosperity and realising
win-win cooperation represent common aspirations among Asian nations.
We acknowledge that economic globalisation and advancement of
scientific and technological cooperation have increased the level of
integration and interdependence among the Asian nations. We also
understand that Asian nations need to work collectively to seize the
opportunities and meet various challenges of the 21st Century.
We recognise that Asia, the largest and most populous continent on the
globe, boasts of abundant natural, human and cultural resources and
stands as one of the most economically dynamic regions in the world and
that the rising productivity of most Asian nations is making them more
mutually dependent on each other's markets. We also recognise that all
these offer vast opportunities for cooperation among Asian nations.
We recognise that diversity is a prominent feature of Asia and understand
that the varying levels of development, different economic and social
systems and diverse cultural heritages of Asian nations should not be an
obstacle to pan-Asian cooperation, but should serve as a driving force for
1, such cooperation. We finnly believe that Asian nations should preserve
their cultural diversity and respect each other's development models and
strategies. While recognising differences and seeking common grounq,
we will move forward hand in hand for a closer cooperation.
We note with pleasure that Asia has been increasingly aware of the
importance of mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, thriving
cooperation of various forms at regional and sub-regional level and
multiplying regional trade arrangements. We also note that regional
cooperation has greatly contributed to peace and development in Asia.
We value the contribution by regional cooperation mechanisms, such as
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN plus
China, Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK) cooperation (10+3),
\ ASEAN+ 1 (China, India, Japan, ROK), the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO), the South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC), the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)'
the Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Thailand
Economic Cooperation (BIMST -EC), the Conference of Interaction and
Confidence Building Measures (CICA) and the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC), to the enhancement of mutual trust and understanding and the
promotion of regional economic cooperation and integration. We
recognize that these endeavours have created a network of cooperation
and laid a solid foundation for Asia-wide cooperation for the benefit of
We emphasize the constructive role of ACD as an important link of all
sub-regions, building upon Asia's potentials and strengths through
supplementing and complementing existing cooperative frameworks. The
forum provides a useful platform for dialogue and cooperation among
Asian countries, based on its core values of positive thinking,
inclusiveness, comfort level, as well as ACD as an informal, incremental
and evolving process.
We endorse with satisfaction a number of ACD project activities over the
past two years, including poverty alleviation, financial cooperation,
tourism, SMEs, biotechnology, IT, energy, e-education, agriculture,
strengthening legal infrastructure, standardization and environmental
education, which have helped enhance an Asia-wide cooperation and
served the fundamental interests of Asian peoples.
We acknowledge that Asia's economic integration is still at an initial stage and its level of cooperation has to be further strengthened. In promoting regional integration, we believe that Asia must be outwardlooking.
Asia's prosperity is bound with other regions, based on equal
partnership. We also recognise that the ACD is well in a position to play
an important role in this regard.
In view of the above, we reaffirm our commitment to basic principles
stipulated in the UN Charter, and other universally recognised
international nOImS such as the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.
We will make efforts to expand and deepen Asia cooperation in all areas
under the principles of equality, reciprocity, mutual benefit and gradual
progress and to build a new Asia where lasting peace and prosperity
prevails. To this end, we hereby declare the following:
1.To intensify political dialogue and enhance mutual trust. Asian nations should resolve their disputes or discords through dialogue, with a view to preserving peace and security through cooperation. We will enhance cooperation and coordination on international and regional issues and work to create a harmonious and stable environment in the region.
2. To enhance economic cooperation and promote regional integration
process. While taking an active part in the new round of WTO
negotiations, we will vigorously develop intra-regional trade,
promote investment activity for bilateral and regional economic
development, complement each other's resources needs, and encourage regional trade arrangements.
3. To promote sustainable development of agriculture and to ensure food
security and food safety as well as to promote Asia's balanced
development. In view of Asia's predominantly agricultural economy
of most developing Asian nations, we will intensify dialogues on
agricultural policies and practical agricultural techniques. Asian
nations should also encourage cooperation in human resources,
agricultural research and development, poverty alleviation, rural
development, disaster prevention and post-disaster restoration to further develop their agriculture and rural economy.
4. To promote financial stability, particularly through the development of
a sound and solid financial infrastructure. We will seek to implement
the Chiang Mai Declaration on Asian Bond Market Development
adopted by the Second ACD Ministers' Meeting in June 2003,
including the future establishment of Asian bond fund which will
invest in local currency denominated bonds, strengthen financial
market: information sharing, develop capital markets and support efforts to facilitate regional investments.
5. To boost cooperation in Infornlation Technology (IT) and bridge the
digital divide within Asia and between Asia and the world. We will
endeavour to elevate Asia's overall level of science and technology,
cooperate in ensuring cyber and infornlation security and enhance
cooperation in the standardisation, R&D and marketing of information
and communication technologies, as well as promoting transfer of
technology. We will encourage cooperation among telecommunication companies and software developers.
6. To promote energy cooperation that will help sustain the region's
economic and social development. We will step up collaboration to
ensure security of energy supply at reasonable costs acceptable for
both producers and consumers, and with due consideration of the
environment. We will, based on Qingdao Initiative, facilitate joint
undertakings that will enhance research and development on energy
efficiency, renewable energy sources, alternative fuels and energy
infrastructure networks such as oil storage systems, regional energytransport and power interconnections and will also improve investment climate and encourage the private sector's participation in the region's energy development.
7. To give I full play to Asia's advantage as the cradle of ancient
civilizations, facilitate inter-cultural exchanges and advance dialogues
among different civilizations. We will take feasible measures to foster
cultural exchanges within Asian nations and make these exchanges a
stepping stone for increasing Asian culture's influence throughout the
world. Asian culture and art events will be promoted to deepen Asian's mutual understanding of each other's culture.
8. To step up tourism cooperation. We will make full use of Asia's
diverse and colourful tourism resources and promote Asia's tourism
industry in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner and make
travel into and within Asia easier and more efficient. We will facilitate
the development of each other's tourism and travel facilities,
encourage our nationals to visit each other's tourist destinations, and
jointly promote Asia's diverse and colourful tourism resources to the rest of the world.
9. To work together to build a green Asia. We will seek to raise
awareness of and cooperate on environmental protection concerns while addressing the legitimate demands of economic and social development, and reinforce cooperation in anti-polution, forestry protection, water resources utilisation and management, marine eco-system protection, climate change, bio-diversity and environment education in order to strike a proper balance between economic, social development and environmental protection.
10.To strengthen cooperation in public health and improve disease control and prevention. We will endeavour to make full use of existing international frameworks in order to establish a regional desease/epidemic database and emergency medical assistance system, collaborate in laboratory diagnostic capability and capacity and advance the study of traditional medicines. Each country may designate one or more of relevant institutions to coordinate such cooperation
11.To strengthen media cooperation. With a view to promoting mutual understanding among Asian peoples, we will advocate regular contacts and exchanges among Asian media practitioners and encourage a fair, objective and comprehensive coverage of news or other events in each other's countries. We will facilitate cooperation in media industries so ad to make Asia's voice better heard in the world.
12.To engance exchanges and cooperation among the public,private and academic sectors of Asia, We will encourage the activities of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) and other academic institutions in ACD member countries and jointly draw up a blueprint for future Asia cooperation.
13.To promote a sense of community among Asia people. We will enhance dialogue and understanding through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges with our strong belief that it is ultimately the peoples of Asia who will sow the seeds for peaceful coexistence and mutual prosperity in the region.
It is our conviction that Asia's peace, stability and prosperity depend on concerted endeavours among Asian nations. Asia cooperation based on respect for diversity, tolerance and greater openness will significantly contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of the world.