Chinese Premier Li Kiqiang urged "advancing regional economic integration" at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Cambodia, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.
Li said in this period, when global and regional balances are going through deep and complex transformations, the tendencies of unilateralism and protectionism have increased in the world.
East Asian countries should continue to adhere to the goals of peace, stability and development, he said.
"East Asia, which accounts for 30% of the global population, economy and trade, has become the main engine of the world economy. Closer cooperation in this region is vital to overcoming the downward trend in the economy and sustaining development over the long term," said Li.
The 25th ASEAN Plus Three -- China, Japan and South Korea -- summit kicked off Saturday in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh and is attended by ASEAN countries’ leaders as well as Keqiang and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, while Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to arrive later Saturday.