The 2014 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference kicked off in China’s southern province of Hainan on April 10, attracting the participation of leaders from more than 10 countries.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam is leading a delegation to attend the event.

Themed "Asia's New Future: Identifying New Growth Drivers", this year’s four-day forum is expected to discuss issues related to renovation, creativeness and sustainable development.

Political-security issues, internet security and the China-US relations will be also high on the agenda.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the forum, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on Asian countries to seek new drivers to help the region deal with new challenges.

Asian countries need to build a community of common interests and destiny and shared responsibilities, Li said.

He asked regional nations to work together to further liberalise trade and facilitate investment, as well as foster regional and sub-regional cooperation.

The premier also highlighted the importance of a peaceful and stable regional environment for Asia’s progress and development.-VNA