Li to push for closer links with ASEAN countries
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.
Trade and investment between China and the ASEAN countries have surged to record highs in the run-up to the annual EastAsia leaders’ meetings.
Beijing is sparing no effort to encourage consolidation among regional stakeholders and prevent fragmentation, a key word observers use in reference to mistrust arising from maritime issues and the involvement of outsiders.
Premier Li Keqiang will attend a series of leaders’ meetings on East Asia cooperation fromNov 12 to 14 in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw.
The events will include the 17th China-ASEAN leaders’ meeting, the 17th ASEAN-China, Japan and Republic of Korea (10+3) leaders’ meeting and the ninth East Asia Summit.
“Chinawillproposesome new detailed initiatives to boost connectivity, trade and investment, poverty alleviation cooperation and social culture in East Asia,” Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin said of Beijing’s planned agenda for the meeting at a press briefing on Thursday.
During the ChinaASEAN leaders’ meeting, China will call for more joint efforts to press ahead with the establishment of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road,, Liu said.