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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:00

China, ASEAN to uphold free trade

China, ASEAN to uphold free trade

China is willing to work with the ASEAN countries to uphold rules-based multilateralism and free trade system, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. He made the remarks when meeting with ambassadors of the 10 ASEAN countries to China on Oct 23, adding that China-ASEAN cooperation should continue to play a leading role in East Asia cooperation, Caspian Energy News ( reports with reference to the official website of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.  

 “Cooperation of China-Japan-ROK (Republic of Korea) and ASEAN should be committed to advancing regional economic integration and building an East Asian economic community,” he said.

China-ASEAN relations have entered a mature stage, he said, adding that China is willing to better integrate the Belt and Road Initiative with the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.

Wang noted that the two sides should work together to promote China-ASEAN relations to a new level, taking the opportunity of the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN strategic partnership this year.

China supports necessary reforms to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and maintains that reforms should be conducive to upholding the basic principles of the WTO and safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, he stressed.

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