China, ASEAN agree to push economic cooperation
Updated : Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:57 PM (GMT+0700)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Lim JockHoi, Secretary General of ASEAN, have agreed to strengthen economic cooperationand reach the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) deal at anearly date.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) meets with Secretary General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi
in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 7, 2018 - Source: Xinhua

Duringa meeting with Lim in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 7, Li said China highly valuesthe cooperation with ASEAN and firmly supports the building of the ASEANcommunity.

Chinasupports ASEAN's central role in regional cooperation and backs the bloc to playa bigger role in building an open and inclusive regional cooperation mechanism,he added.

Onthe occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of theChina-ASEAN strategic partnership, China is willing to lift the strategicpartnership between the two sides to a higher level, Li stressed. 

Hesaid in the current economic circumstance of the world, both sides shouldfirmly safeguard multilateralism and free trade, push forward regionalcooperation, and promote the RCEP.

Lim,for his part, said ASEAN appreciates China's long-term support to the bloc’sintegration process.

ASEANis willing to further deepen economic and trade cooperation and enhancefrequent people-to-people exchanges with China, jointly safeguard a rule-basedmultilateral trade system and support the early signing of the RCEP, towardsbringing more benefit to the people in China and ASEAN member countries, andcontributing to the prosperity and stability in the region and the world, heaffirmed. 

Afterhis trip to Indonesia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Tokyo at theinvitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and join leaders from Japanand the Republic of Korea in a trilateral summit.

Source: VNA

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