The 20th Ministerial Council Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Alliance was held by video on December 17, 2020. The UAE, holding the rotating Presidency of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, joined 23 member states including India, Australia, South Africa, and France, and 9 dialogue partner countries including China, the United States, Japan, and South Korea participated. Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li was invited to attend and speak at the meeting.
Deng Li said that the Indian Ocean Rim Association is an important economic cooperation organization in the Indian Ocean region and has made important contributions to the promotion of lasting stability and sustainable development in the region. China has always attached importance to the status and role of the Association, actively participated in various activities of the Association, supported the capacity building and development of the Association, and continuously deepened practical cooperation within the Association and its member states.
Deng Li said that the current epidemic is still spreading globally, the world economy is in doldrums, and the global governance system is facing new challenges. More than ever, the international community needs to strengthen unity, safeguard multilateralism, and safeguard the international system with the United Nations as the core and international law. Based on the international order, we will promote the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.
Deng Li emphasized that China will unswervingly expand its opening to the outside world, and has a wide scope for cooperation with the international community, including the Indian Ocean Rim Association. China is willing to continue to actively support the Association’s own construction and related agendas, and work with the Association and its member states to fight the epidemic, strengthen connectivity, and jointly promote regional economic recovery, and create and share a better future of regional peace and prosperity.
With the theme of “promoting the shared destiny and common prosperity of the Indian Ocean”, the conference focused on the fight against the epidemic and economic recovery, and discussed in-depth cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, blue economy, disaster reduction and pollution prevention, maritime security, etc., and reached a broad consensus on further deepening cooperation in the Indian Ocean Rim Association and building a prosperous and stable Indian Ocean Rim region.