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Advanced version of China-ASEAN ties eyed in Guiyang meeting

GUIYANG, Guizho — Efforts to build an advanced version of strategic partnership between China and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) kicks off on Friday with the holding of 23rd China-ASEAN Senior Officials' Consultation here.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin will co-host the consultation meeting with Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Singapore and coordinator of China-ASEAN relations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said senior officials from 10 ASEAN member states and the representative of the Secretary-general of the ASEAN will attend the meeting to be held at the New World Hotel.
The meeting will focus on the development of China-ASEAN relations and regional cooperation in East Asia and lay a groundwork for such high-level meetings this year as China-ASEAN Leaders' Meeting and ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting.
"China hopes that this round of Senior Officials' Consultation will further align development strategies of China and ASEAN, promote practical cooperation, forge people-to-people and cultural exchanges into a new pillar, discuss a more advanced version of China-ASEAN strategic partnership, and knit an even closer community of share future for China and ASEAN," Hua said in a press statement.
The consultation will be held five days after China hosted a two-day Belt and Road Forum on Economic Cooperation where 30 government leaders agreed to link with other connectivity initiatives to provide new opportunities and impetus for international cooperation.
"China sets great store by the China-ASEAN relationship. We always regard ASEAN as the priority to our neighborhood diplomacy," Hua said.
Hua said China-ASEAN relationship is now growing with a sound and steady momentum due the concerted efforts of China and 10 ASEAN member states.
"It has grown from a phase featuring rapid development to a stage where it keeps maturing, improving and upgrading," she said.
Last year, China and ASEAN celebrated its 25th anniversary of the establishment of a dialogue relations.
On the other hand, ASEAN is celebrating its 50th founding anniversary this year with the Philippines as the current rotating chairman.
"The China-ASEAN relationship is at a crucial stage where in face of new opportunities for development, we must build on the past achievements and usher in more," Hua said.
Aside from the Philippines, other ASEAN member nations include: Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. (PNA)
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Last Modified: 2017-Dec-12 06.25.00 UTC+0800