As leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China will gather here on Thursday for an annual meeting on the sidelines of an ASEAN summit, they are ushering in a new era in their dynamic cooperation of mutual benefit.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has expressed confidence that differences on the South China Sea issue can be handled properly as long as relevant parties maintain dialogue and consultation and strengthen maritime cooperation.
China is set to propose detailed initiatives aimed at improving relations and boosting trade during a series of multilateral meetings with Southeast Asian nations next week, senior officials have said.
An ASEAN financial inclusion conference is underway in Myanmar's capital of Nay Pyi Taw to share experiences and initiatives to ensure financial inclusion for low-income people in the region, particularly in the CLMV countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, official sources said Thursday.
ASEAN and China agreed to negotiate on upgrading the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) Tuesday to ensure that the ACFTA remained dynamic and commercially relevant, said a joint statement of the 13th AEM-MOFCOM Consultations.
The Chinese government and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) worth 50 million yuan (about $8.1 million) on disaster management, an initial step to improve partnership between ASEAN and China in the sector.