Li to push for closer links with ASEAN coun­tries

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@ chi­

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.

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