BEIJING: China has emphasised on the values of Asean and says it is looking forward to building an even closer Asean-China community with a shared future.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the country would continue to support the region in the combat against Covid-19 by supplying vaccines to needy countries.
He quoted a Confucius saying, “At 30, I have been well-established with principle” while reviewing the Asean-China ties as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
“After 30 years of weathering the storms together, we have built up a united, fair and supportive relationship.
“China views importance to this cooperation, and will continue to prioritise Asean’s needs towards creating an even more splendid 30 years to come, ” he added.
Wang was speaking to a press conference on Sunday (March 7) that was held in conjunction with the country's annual parliamentary meeting, the Two Sessions.
He wished for more fruitful cooperation between the two sides in digital economy and other sustainable sectors, while hoping for the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – signed between Asean, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea in November last year – to unleash its potentials soon for the benefit of all.
This year also marked the 20th anniversary of China joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Wong said the country has learned four important lessons along the way.
He noted that China must stick to its fundamental policy of opening up, the principle of win-win cooperation, and staying committed to the core role of WTO while moving towards the right path of economic globalisation.