Beijing: China which enjoys observer
status in SAARC aims to step up cooperation with the member
nations and will conduct dialogue to contribute more to
regional peace, stability and development.
"In a spirit of equality, mutual benefit and win-win
cooperation, China will conduct dialogue and exchange, expand
substantial cooperation with the South Asian Association of
Regional Cooperation in a bid to contribute more to regional
peace, stability and development," Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Jiang Yu told Xinhua today, commenting on last
week`s SAARC summit.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya led a
delegation to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan, for the summit from
He pledged China`s constant support to the
development of the regional organisation in his address at the
opening session, the news agency reported.
Jiang said that China lauded the success of the
summit and welcomed the summit`s outcomes, including the
"Thimphu Silver Jubilee Declaration," as well as statement on
climate change and two other agreements on environment and
"China looks forward to new progress in the
integration of the SAARC," Jiang said.
Founded in 1985, the SAARC has eight member
countries: Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Sri
Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United
States, Iran, Mauritius, Australia, Myanmar and the European
Union have been incorporated as observers.