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China, ASEAN to forge closer community of shared future

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China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will expand cooperation in various fields and forge a closer community with a shared future, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday.

He made the remarks while holding talks with Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi in Beijing.

China and ASEAN would work together to promote the formulation of the China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, hold the 2018 ASEAN-China Year of Innovation, and synergize the Belt and Road Initiative with the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity 2025, Wang said.

Lim said the ASEAN Secretariat is willing to play a constructive role in deepening political, economic, trade and cultural cooperation with China.

Wang and Lim also agreed that the situation of the South China Sea had notably stabilized through the efforts of China and ASEAN.

Source: Xinhua
Date: 2018-06-13