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Jakarta Post

China promises ASEAN peace, prosperity and blossoming ties

  • Tyler Gniewotta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 7 2011   /  11:22 am

The rising power of China is on the world’s mind as its rapid economic growth continues, but Wednesday’s events at the JW Marriott Hotel marking the beginning of “Experience China” in Indonesia communicated that the nation’s commitments to ASEAN remained strong in spite of all its successes.

The ceremony, titled “A forum in commemoration of the 20th anniversary marking dialogue relations between China and ASEAN: Retrospect and vision” was attended by major players in the relations between the two areas, with speakers ranging from ambassadors to directors and scholars.

Makarin Wibisono, executive director of ASEAN Foundation, reminded the audience of the importance history has played in this relationship.

He stated that since the inception of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in 2003, the two-way trade between the two sides has increased in average o...