Closer judicial ties with ASEAN needed: SPC head
The opening ceremony of 2nd China-ASEAN Justice Forum held on June 8 in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo by Sun Ruofeng/People's Court Daily]
Zhou Qiang, chief justice and president of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of China, made a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2nd China-ASEAN Justice Forum urging participants to make positive contribution to the maintenance of regional peace and stability.
Zhou said that in this era of economic globalization and regional integration China will work together with courts in ASEAN and South Asian countries to provide sound judicial service to the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, which was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 and seeks to bring real benefits to and spur development in all countries involved.
Since 1991, China and ASEAN members have been committed to development and cooperation, which has contributed to regional peace and prosperity, according to Zhou.
In recent years, both sides have connected the Belt and Road Initiative to their national development strategies, with fruitful and pragmatic results.
The forum will help to create a fair and transparent legal environment for investment and trade, said Zhou, adding that it will also lead to effective judicial cooperation.
Currently, China, ASEAN and South Asian countries are establishing ever closer economic ties and increasing personnel exchanges, thus shaping a win-win situation, explained Zhou.
However, the number of cross-border crimes and foreign-related civil and commercial disputes is on the rise, posing a great challenge to regional economic development and social stability.
At the forum, Zhou made a three-point suggestion to tackle the problem: deepening pragmatic cooperation in judgment and enforcement, increasing judicial assistance and enhancing educational exchanges in key areas.
The forum is aimed at boosting understanding and sharing experience in improving trial quality and judicial credibility, added Zhou.
"We should keep improving the system of socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics and contribute to the judicial civilization of the world with China’s judicial wisdom," said Zhou.
Delegates from Myanmar, the ASEAN Secretariat and Pakistan made speeches at the opening ceremony.
The forum was attended by a dozen of senior court officials and was hosted by Shen Deyong, executive vice-president of the SPC.