China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future

(Foreign Affairs in the New Era)

Updated:2020-01-19 |

China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future

ASEAN is a priority in China's neighborhood diplomacy. When visiting Indonesia in October 2013, Xi Jinping delivered a speech to the parliament, entitled "Join Hands to Build a China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future." He said, "China wishes to work with Indonesia and other ASEAN countries and make these countries be good neighbors, good friends and good partners that will share prosperity and security and stick together through thick and thin. By making joint efforts, we will build a more closely-knit China-ASEAN community with a shared future, and bring more benefits to both sides and to the people living in this region."

The China-ASEAN community he described is of great relevance to the current times, and guides China's ties with ASEAN countries. A more closely-knit China-ASEAN community follows the global trend toward peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, is in keeping with the common interests of Asian people and those in other parts of the world, and offers great potential for broad development.