China-ASEAN cooperation upgraded to new heights

By Zhang Liying
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The 14th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and the 14th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS), with a theme of "co-construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, promoting regional economic integration through tourism" ended in Nanning on Friday.

The 14th CAEXPO and CABIS concluded in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Sept. 15, 2017. [Photo by Zhang Liying/] 

Speaking at a press conference afterwards, Wang Lei, secretary-general of the China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat, said the two events had "pushed forward the friendly cooperation between China and ASEAN countries and the efforts to build the Belt and Road for new progress."

Tangible economic outcomes were generated by the four-day joint event in the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, contributing to deeper cooperation between China and ASEAN countries and the upgraded China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement through the efforts of the 2,709 exhibiting companies from China, ASEAN and countries along the Belt and Road routes, Wang added.

A series of business-matching events and over 80 separate investment promotion conferences were held, leading to the conclusion of investment cooperation projects involving trade, commercial logistics, smart robots, high-tech, agriculture, environmental protection, new energy, etc.

A seminar on tourism collaboration was also hosted to coincide with the China-ASEAN Year of Tourism Cooperation.

Fresh progress has been made in advancing international production capacity cooperation, facilitating industrial upgrading in the countries concerned.

The exhibitions relating to international production capacity were extended on this occasion to include such key fields as railways, electric power, building materials and engineering machinery, while an exhibition on intelligent manufacturing equipment was also inaugurated.

The mechanism of bilateral production capacity between China and ASEAN countries had been improved as a result of relevant bilateral and roundtable meetings held during the expo, Wang said in summing up the achievements.

The 15th CAEXPO and CABIS are scheduled to be held in Nanning, September 12-15, 2018, the year marking the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership.

It is Cambodia's turn to be the Country of Honor next year as China and Cambodia will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations.

Looking forward, Wang said China and ASEAN countries should continue to strengthen political mutual trust, international production capacity cooperation, economic and trade cooperation, connectivity, innovation cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, as Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli proposed in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony on Sept. 12.

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