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ASEAN-China: New stage of development

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 30, 2019   /  09:28 am
ASEAN-China: New stage of development Get ready: Contingents from participating nations form up for the opening ceremony of the ASEAN-China Maritime Field Training Exercise in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, China. (The Straits Times/ANN/Lianhe Zaobao)

Among the upcoming annual post-ministerial conferences of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will be one of the most important events. As President Xi Jinping pointed out in his congratulatory letter to the opening ceremony of ASEAN-China Year of Media Exchanges in February, ASEAN-China relations have entered a new stage of all-round development, which I believe can be characterized by the following points. First, the pathway of the development of ASEAN-China relations is clearer. Leaders of both sides are always in the driver’s seat steering the development of ASEAN-China relations in the right direction. President Xi proposed to build a higher-level ASEAN-China strategic partnership and a closer ASEAN-China community with a shared future, charting the course of long-term development of these relations. Second, str...

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