Wang Yi: China always ready to help its Asean friends against the pandemic

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meeting up with diplomatic envoys of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries in Beijing on Sunday (Nov 8, 2020). - Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov 9 (China Daily/ANN): Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with diplomatic envoys of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) countries on Sunday (Nov 8) in Beijing.

Wang said that China and Asean should strengthen their confidence and solidarity to make joint efforts to inject more positive energy into regional stability and prosperity.

China is willing to continue working with Asean countries to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.

The two sides should firmly uphold multilateralism and free trade, sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as scheduled, and jointly maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea area, said the foreign minister.

The envoys of the 10 Asean countries commented positively on the development of Asean-China relations in various fields, and expressed their hope to better align development strategies with China, advance consultations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, the economic cooperation between China and the members of the Asean, during the pandemic has set an example for the world, says a trade expert.

In an interview with China Daily, Xu Ningning, executive president of the China-Asean Business Council (CABC), said though the pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption in the flow of international trade, investment and human capital, China and Asean not only provided mutual support to each other to fight COVID-19, but also maintained close economic cooperation.

“Trade and investment between China and Asean remained robust despite the pandemic, which, to some extent, plays an important role in preventing (a global) economic slowdown,” said Xu.

“It also set an example of international economic cooperation during the global fight against Covid-19.” - China Daily/Asian News Network
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