China calls for deeper cooperation with ASEAN

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Beijing (VNA) – China has called for deeper cooperation with the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to achieve mutual development as
the bloc is marking its 50th founding anniversary this year.

The call was made by Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN Xu Bu at the seminar “ASEAN at
50: A New Chapter for ASEAN-China Relations” on July 14.

The ambassador said that ASEAN and China should seize the opportunities to
elevate the relations to a new height. He said the two sides need to push win-win
cooperation in connectivity, production capacity, trade promotion and
investment as well as reap benefits from the upgraded protocol of China-ASEAN
Free Trade Area.

The two economies should combine their strengths and potential to carry out
those efforts, aiming at supporting China’s Belt and Road Initiative and ASEAN
Vision 2025 in the future, he added.

China is ready to promote and support the growth of sub-regional frameworks
such as the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and the East ASEAN Growth Area to help
narrow the development gap in the bloc and build the ASEAN Community, the
Chinese ambassador stressed.

He believed that the close relationship between ASEAN and China is an
inseparable part of their strategic partnership.

At the seminar, ASEAN Deputy Secretary General for Community and Corporate
Affairs AKP Mochtan said that enhancing contacts between communities of the two
economies is a good idea as it will create a good base for to synergise the
goals of the Belt and Road Initiative and ASEAN Vision 2025.

China is currently ASEAN’s largest trade partner while ASEAN is China’s third
biggest trade partner. Two-way trade in 2016 stood at 452.2 billion USD.-VNA

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