Asian nations were in agreement on how to solve the economic downturn, Mr Zhu said after a series of meetings with regional leaders yesterday. Speaking ahead of the opening of the Asia-Europe Meeting, Mr Zhu also said relations between Europe and Asia were improving. The premier held meetings with South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Mr Zhu said the leaders had agreed on how to combat economic problems. 'Everybody wants to help,' he said, but refused to be drawn on specifics of what strategies had been proposed. He said the meetings with European leaders would further strengthen links between the economies in the two continents. Mr Goh said he was very pleased with the role Mr Zhu was playing in getting China to support its neighbouring economies. 'I think he is a very effective man to be in charge of the Chinese economy,' he said. The decision not to devalue the yuan while other currencies were plummeting had been a great help. 'It is very good China is taking steps to make sure we will be stronger,' Mr Goh said. Earlier, Mr Zhu told Mr Kim he believed the Korean economy had already bottomed out and would continue to improve. The Korean leader thanked China for its support. Mr Zhu was due to meet Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto later. The leaders of the 10 Asian nations attending the meeting with 15 members of the European Union were due to hold a caucus before the formal opening of the conference today.