Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Jiawei, Zhao Manjun, Xin Rui
In recent years, economic and trade exchanges between China and ASEAN countries have become increasingly close, and regional economic integration has continued to deepen. The economic and trade cooperation mechanism between the two sides has been gradually improved, and new progress has been continuously made and new vitality has emerged. Looking to the future, the prospects for China-ASEAN economic and trade cooperation are promising, adding new momentum to the accelerated development of the regional economy.
All parties come to Guangxi to attend the meeting
The 18th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ASEAN Expo) with the theme of “sharing new land and sea channels and new opportunities to build a China-ASEAN community with a shared future” opened in Nanning, Guangxi on the 10th.
ASEAN Secretary-General Lin Yuhui said that the holding of the China-ASEAN Expo will provide an important platform for China and ASEAN to strengthen trade and investment cooperation and make positive contributions to the future development of bilateral relations. Compared with previous editions, the scale of this exhibition has been further expanded, and the number of overseas exhibitors has increased, including more than 200 exhibitors from ASEAN countries.
For a long time, the China-ASEAN Expo has closely followed the development process of bilateral relations and effectively promoted the integration of the “Belt and Road” initiative with the ASEAN economic development strategy. Digital economy and e-commerce, 5G technology and cloud computing are becoming the focus of the China-ASEAN Expo, promoting the formation of new bright spots in bilateral cooperation.
Lin Yuhui believes that the strengthening of digital connectivity between China and ASEAN is conducive to maintaining vitality and competitiveness of the regional economy. China‘s experience in promoting trade and people-to-people exchanges in multiple fields has benefited ASEAN countries a lot. In the future, the two sides will open up a new situation for cooperation in the fields of financial technology and digital transformation.
Let’s sing and walk for thirty years
2021 will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN. Over the past 30 years, the scale of trade between China and ASEAN has expanded 85 times, the two sides have steadily expanded their investment cooperation in various fields, cooperation in infrastructure construction such as interconnection has been accelerating, and regional economic integration has deepened.
The Acting President of the Malaysian Chinese Chamber of Commerce Wu Yiping said that the China-ASEAN dialogue relationship promotes economic and trade exchanges in the region, promotes regional economic development, and provides huge business opportunities and development opportunities for multinational enterprises, which is in line with the common vision of both parties.
“Philippine Star” columnist Li Tianrong said that in the past 30 years, the economic and trade relations between China and ASEAN countries have experienced a leaps and bounds. Thirty years of dialogue and cooperation have allowed both parties to build understanding and mutual trust, making this region one of the fastest growing regions in the world.
Over the past 30 years, from consultation partners and comprehensive dialogue partners to “good-neighborly and mutual trust partnership for the 21st century” to “strategic partnership for peace and prosperity”, the cooperation between the two sides has continued to deepen and the areas of cooperation have continued to expand.
Shovvan Choruzad, an expert on international issues at the University of Indonesia, said that in the long run, the increasingly close economic and trade cooperation between China and ASEAN will have a positive impact on ASEAN’s economic development and social governance, and it will also provide fruitful multilateral cooperation for the international community. example.
Cai Weicai, senior vice president of Thai Bank of Thailand, said that the successful experience of China-ASEAN cooperation for many years shows that mutual respect, seeking common ground while reserving differences, learning from each other’s strengths, and co-prosperity are the best ways to promote regional prosperity.
Set sail for a new journey
China has maintained the status of ASEAN’s largest trading partner for many years. Last year, the two sides historically became each other’s largest trading partners. According to data from the General Administration of Customs of China, the total value of China‘s imports and exports to ASEAN reached 2.66 trillion yuan in the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 27.8%.
Xu Zhenyi, president of the Nanyang Society of Singapore, said that ASEAN and China have complementary advantages in many fields and have huge room for cooperation. The rise of the middle class in ASEAN countries provides a potential consumer market for commodities, and has investment potential in areas such as infrastructure construction, digital economy, and industrial manufacturing.
The construction of the new western land and sea corridor, the construction of the upgraded version of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, and the official signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) demonstrate that China-ASEAN economic and trade cooperation is unleashing the multiplier effect, constantly creating new advantages and sharing new opportunities .
Joseph Matthews, a professor at Berthé International University in Cambodia, said that China is promoting the development of regional economic and trade exchanges and interconnection through measures such as the “Belt and Road” construction, and opening up the consumer market of China‘s 1.4 billion people for products from ASEAN countries. It is believed that the future economic and trade relations between China and ASEAN will open a new chapter and reach a new level at a faster speed.
Qin Ma Mamiao, a professor at the School of International Relations at Yangon University, Myanmar, said that China and ASEAN have frequent dialogues and interactions at all levels. ASEAN countries actively participate in the “Belt and Road” initiative, and China strongly supports the regional framework and mechanisms advocated by ASEAN. In the future, the relationship between the two sides will become closer and move towards a brighter future.
With mutual benefit and mutual trust as the oar and win-win cooperation as the sail, the “big wheel” of China-ASEAN economic and trade cooperation is embarking on a new journey. Facing the future, China and ASEAN will join hands with the world to draw a new chapter of development and opportunities. (Participating reporters: Pan Qiang, Huang Yaoteng, Hu Jiali, Lin Hao, Liu Kai, Yan Jie, Wang Aona, Cai Shuya, Mao Pengfei, Zhang Dongqiang, Wang Wenbo, Huang Haoming, Song Yu) (End)Return to Sohu to see more
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