China-Asean Services Agreement News

China, ASEAN sign trade in services agreement of FTA

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed on Sunday in Cebu an agreement on Trade in Services of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.

Xinhua, January 15, 2007

China, ASEAN sign trade in services agreement of FTA

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed on Sunday in Cebu an agreement on Trade in Services of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area.

The agreement was signed following the 10th China-ASEAN Summit. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and leaders of the 10 ASEAN member countries attended the signing ceremony in Cebu, the second largest city of the Philippines.


The Trade in Services Agreement under the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between China and ASEAN (TIS Agreement) will enter into force in July 2007. It aims to expand trade in services in the region.

Under the agreement, services and services suppliers/providers in the region will enjoy improved market access and national treatment in sectors/subsectors where commitments have been made.

"The TIS Agreement provides for liberalization on substantial coverage of sectors/subsectors especially in more than 60 additional subsectors committed by ASEAN Member Countries which are parties to the GATT/WTO," said a statement issued to the press.

Aside from increased trade, the TIS Agreement is also expected to bring about higher levels of investment in the region, particular in sectors where commitments have been made, namely: business service, construction and engineering related services, tourism and travel related services, transport and educational services, telecommunication services, recreational, cultural and sporting services, environmental services and energy services.

"Successive rounds of market access negotiations to substantially improve the level of commitments and broaden the subsector coverage of the TIS Agreement will be undertaken over the next one year," said the statement.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao hailed the signing of the TIS Agreement as another achievement in China-ASEAN economic cooperation.

In a speech delivered at the 10th China-ASEAN Summit, the Chinese premier said the signing "will mark a key step forward in the building of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and lay the foundation for full and scheduled completion of the China-ASEAN FTA."

On Nov. 4, 2002, then Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations signed at the sixth China-ASEAN summit the landmark Framework Agreement on ASEAN-China Comprehensive Economic Cooperation, marking the beginning of the process of setting up a China-ASEAN free trade zone.

Under that agreement, the free trade zone would be completed by 2010, and the four new ASEAN members — Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam — have been allowed an additional transitional period of five years and are slated to complete the building of the free trade area in 2015.

After implementation of the Agreement on Trade in Goods of China-ASEAN FTA began in July 2005, tariffs on more than 7,000 ASEAN and Chinese products were lowered, and China-ASEAN trade has maintained steady growth, Premier Wen said. Two-way trade in 2006 reached 160.8 billion U.S. dollars, up by 23.4 percent over the previous year.

Wen proposed that China and ASEAN nations should, on the basis of implementing the Agreement on Trade in Goods and the Agreement on Trade in Services, speed up talks on investment agreement and complete the building of China-ASEAN FTA as planned.

China welcomes more ASEAN businesses to China and encourages established Chinese companies to invest in ASEAN countries. China will favorably consider setting up in ASEAN countries, on the basis of mutual benefit, a number of economic and trade zones which have sound infrastructure and complete industrial chains, and are well connected with other sectors and will spur local economic development, said the Chinese premier.

"I hope this will bring the China-ASEAN win-win cooperation and common development to a higher level," Wen added.

To support the building of China-ASEAN FTA, China proposes to strengthen cooperation between the customs and inspection and quarantine authorities of the two sides. China offers to host the First Meeting of China-ASEAN Ministerial Consultation on Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine this year, said the Chinese premier.

China is ready to speed up discussions with ASEAN and sign a memorandum of understanding on establishing the China-ASEAN Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Center, Wen added.

The Chinese premier also proposed that a strategic plan for China-ASEAN transport cooperation in the next 10-15 years be formulated to facilitate coordinated development of regional transportation, improve integrated transport networks, and facilitate communication and transportation.

The China-ASEAN free trade area, which will comprise China, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, is expected to be one of the biggest free trade areas in the world.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), established on Aug. 8, 1967 in Bangkok, now groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

The "10+1" meeting is a mechanism designed to strengthen dialogue and communication, discuss cooperation, and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

The ASEAN-China dialogue relations were launched in 1991. China became ASEAN’s full dialogue partner in 1996. The two sides established the strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in 2003. Recent years have witnessed the rapid and comprehensive growth in ASEAN-China relations, yielding fruitful results through extensive and in-depth exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in political, economic, trade, social, cultural and other fields.

China and ASEAN are now the fourth biggest trading partners to each other.

The Chinese premier arrived in Cebu on Saturday to attend a series of summits. He will also pay an official visit to the Southeast Asian nation. It is the fourth time for Premier Wen to attend such ASEAN-related summits since 2003.

source: People’s Daily

China, Asean on crucial stage in FTA talks

By Ding Qingfen (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-11-01 09:22

China and ASEAN have entered a stage when they have to consider how to fully implement the free trade agreement (FTA) and tackle the sensitive issues, said ASEAN Secretary-General Ong Keng Yong in Nanning.

His views echo those of Chinese Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan, who emphasized that China and ASEAN should take a "more pragmatic approach" in developing the FTA, while delivering the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on Sunday.

"Easy things have been done, now is the time to look at specific rules and regulations and convince both sides to adjust them," said Ong.

The "easy things" refer to the commodity trade agreements and the first round of service trade deals China and ASEAN have signed in the last five years.

There will be discussions on investment and two more rounds of service trade agreements that will be wrapped up by 2010.

Although the commodity trade agreement came into effect in July 2005 and the one on service trade this July, many serious issues still need to be worked out. For example, Chinese auto parts can't enter Thailand because of the restrictions by the Auto Association of Thailand. Neither can readymade Chinese garments enter Indonesia as its Clothes Chamber won't allow it.

"They are afraid Chinese manufacturers will hurt local players," said Xu Ningning, deputy secretary-general of the China-ASEAN Business Council.

Companies from ASEAN nations have their own pet peeves as well. "Preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are in full swing, opening up business opportunities in design, products and IT solutions, but they can't easily join in because that would require detailed FTA rules and regulations that have not been touched yet," said Ong.

"We have to sit down and take a look at the small but sensitive issues, finding out pragmatic solutions."

China and ASEAN have been working on investment agreements but they have not been able to reach consensus on several issues despite an agreement on opening up the market, said Xu.

"They always ask 'what is the usual practice in ASEAN?', 'what do you want from us?'," said Ong. "We are swimming at the deep end of the pool, helping each other."

ASEAN is now involved in several FTA negotiations with nations including Japan and India. The China-ASEAN FTA is "easier and is more positive and healthier because we started from the big picture and then proceeded to address the smaller details", said Ong.

ASEAN FTA deal 'on track'
By Qin Jize
Updated: 2007-07-25 07:04

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are on track to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with just a number of details remaining to be ironed out, secretary-general of the 10- member organization Ong Keng Yong has said.

The year "2010 is well within our expectations," Ong said on Monday on the sidelines of a luncheon with US business leaders in Singapore.

China and ASEAN have agreed to build a free trade area before 2010 that is expected to create a market for about 1.8 billion people, making it the third-largest such area in the world.

The two sides have completed negotiations on trade in goods and are engaged in talks on investments and services.

"Some services still (need) to be ironed out," Ong said. The negotiations on how the agreement will cover investments between China and ASEAN will hopefully be completed by the end of the year.

The annual two-way trade volume, expanding by over 20 percent a year since 2002, reached more than $160 billion last year.

Analysts say the China-ASEAN FTA process will proceed smoothly despite tough negotiations ahead to loosen trade restrictions on finance and other service industries.

Lu Jianren, a senior researcher with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said: "The two sides have made great efforts to be on track to establish an FTA and set a good example of mutually beneficial cooperation for developing countries."

FTA signed with: Chile Pakistan

FTA talks on with: Australia New Zealand Singapore

(China Daily 07/25/2007 page2


China, Southeast Asian nations near FTA

Updated: 2007-07-24 15:16

Southeast Asian nations and China are on track to establishing a free trade pact (FTA) with just a number of details to be ironed out, a senior ASEAN official said Monday.

"We are on track on (the) ASEAN-China" free trade area, said Ong Keng Yong, secretary-general of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Trade between China and ASEAN, expanding by nearly 40 percent a year, is likely to exceed US$200 billion a year by 2008, two years before the FTA is due to be established in 2010.

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"By 2010 is well within our expectations," Ong said on the sidelines of a luncheon with American business leaders in Singapore.

Plans were set in 2002 for a free trade area with China that will create a market of about 1.8 billion consumers -- more than a quarter of humanity -- and trade totaling more than US$2 trillion (1.6 trillion euros).

Countries have already begun slashing tariffs on some products, though tough negotiations continue on loosening trade restrictions for finance and other service industries.

"Some services still (need) to be ironed out," Ong said, without elaborating. He said negotiations on how the agreement will cover investments between the China and ASEAN will hopefully be completed by the end of the year.

ASEAN is a key market for Chinese manufacturers, as well as a source for energy, rubber, minerals and other natural resources.

ASEAN's members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam -- countries ranging from some of Southeast Asia's most affluent to some of its poorest.

UPDATED: January-16-2007 from
China, ASEAN Sign Trade Agreement
Trade between China and the ASEAN states has been booming in the past 15 years it grew more than 20 per cent a year, reaching $160 billion last year. The two sides are each other's fourth-largest trading partners

China and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement on trade in services in Cebu on January 15-a major step toward establishing a free trade area (FTA) in the region by 2010.

The deal, which was inked in the presence of Premier Wen Jiabao and 10 ASEAN leaders, will help firms from the Southeast Asian economic bloc gain improved market access to multi-billion dollar service sectors including banking, information technology and tourism.

The agreement "marks a key step forward in building the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and lays the foundation for its full and scheduled completion," Wen said in a keynote speech yesterday at the 10th ASEAN-China Summit.

Trade between China and the ASEAN states has been booming in the past 15 years it grew more than 20 per cent a year, reaching $160 billion last year. The two sides are each other's fourth-largest trading partners.

Trade volume will continue to grow by about 20 per cent this year although the possible outbreak of bird flu, natural disasters, regional security and global financial risks could slow the increase, Lu Jianren, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, predicted.

An agreement on merchandise trade took effect in July, 2005, following an early harvest scheme of initial tariff cuts on meat, fish, dairy products, vegetables, fruits and nuts. The services agreement was one of the remaining key items to be finalized in addition to an investment agreement.

Speaking at the summit, Wen called for the acceleration of talks on the investment agreement so as to complete setting up of the FTA by 2010 as planned.

When completed, the China-ASEAN FTA will be the world's largest, encompassing around 1.7 billion consumers and with total trade estimated at $1.2 trillion.

To promote the building of the FTA, China is ready to speed up discussions and sign a memorandum of understanding on establishing the China-ASEAN Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Center, Wen said.

China also proposes ASEAN transport collaboration be strengthened in the next 10 to 15 years to facilitate development of regional transportation and communication.

Wen noted China would enhance cooperation in combating transnational crime, maritime security, disaster reduction and relief, prevention and control of communicable diseases and environmental protection.

Wen was in Cebu to attend a series of East Asian summits that include the 10th ASEAN-China Summit, the 10th ASEAN Plus China, Japan and Republic of Korea (ROK) Summit ("10+3" Summit) and the 2nd East Asia Summit. He also chaired the 7th Chinese, Japanese and ROK Leaders' Meeting yesterday.

(Source: China Daily January 15, 2007)

The New York Times



January 15, 2007

China and Asean in Services Pact

CEBU, Philippines, Jan. 14 — China signed a new trade agreement on services with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations here on Sunday, and won support for its initiative to reconvene negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Delegates called the trade in services deal, which emphasizes high-technology, energy and construction, a major step toward establishing a comprehensive free trade pact between Asean and China.

“We are very happy to have China as our big brother in this region,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines said at the opening ceremony of the one-day meeting in Cebu, a central Philippine province.

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China said the agreement he signed with Asean leaders would “lay the foundation for the full and scheduled completion of a China-Asean free trade agreement.”

China and Asean began lowering barriers to trade in 2005. Since then, tariffs on more than 7,000 products from China and Asean have been lowered, Mr. Wen said. Two-way trade volume last year amounted to more than $160 billion, up 23 percent from 2005.

The leaders of Japan, Australia, India and New Zealand were also scheduled to hold meetings with Asean leaders on Sunday, with most of the discussion centering on improving free trade.

Beijing also received unqualified support for its efforts to reconvene six-party talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, for which Manila has agreed to play host next month. Although Asean members had independently urged a return to the talks, officials acknowledged on Sunday the role the Chinese played in pushing the agenda.

“We reaffirmed that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is an international priority,” the leaders said in a statement released late Saturday. They said North Korea must denuclearize in a “verifiable manner” and that it must rejoin soon the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Mr. Wen’s arrival here on Saturday was greeted with more excitement than that of the other heads of state. Huge billboards along the route from the airports to the Shangri-la Mactan Resort, where the meetings were held, welcomed Mr. Wen and his wife. Cebu Province, known for its tourism and robust industries, has a sizable population of Filipinos of Chinese descent.












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中国-东盟签署《服务贸易协议》 2007年01月15日 16:08 金羊网-羊城晚报

  本报讯 记者姚志德报道:中国-东盟自由贸易区进程再迈大步———昨天,在温家宝总理和东盟10国领导人的共同见证下,双方的经贸部长在菲律宾宿务签署了中国—东盟自贸区《服务贸易协议》。温家宝总理表示,该协议将是中国-东盟经贸合作领域的又一重大成果,为如期全面建成自贸区奠定了基础。


















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  中国与东盟关于自由贸易协定(FTA)的谈判正式启动于2003年,实质性谈判从《早期收获》计划(Early Harvest Program)开始。为了使双方提前享受自由贸易的好处,双方从2004年1月1日起削减570种农副产品和另外30种特定产品的关税。

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  答: 2002年11月,中国与东盟领导人共同签署了《全面经济合作框架协议》,决定在2010年建成


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  中新网宿务1月14日电 (记者 王岩) 中国国务院总理温家宝今天在菲律宾宿务出席第十次中国与东盟领导人会议时表示,本次会议签署的中国-东盟自由贸易区《服务贸易协议》将是中国-东盟经贸合作领域的又一重大成果,标志着中国-东盟自贸区建设向前迈出关键的一步,为如期全面建成自贸区奠定了基础。











Work Together to Open a New Chapter In China-ASEAN Relations



Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of

The People's Republic of China

The 10th ASEAN-China Summit

Cebu, the Philippines, 14 January 2007

Your Excellency President Arroyo,

Dear Colleagues,

The year 2006 was of special significance for China-ASEAN relations. We met in Nanning in October for the ASEAN-China Commemorative Summit and celebrated the 15th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations. We reviewed the progress and successful practices in the growth of China-ASEAN friendly relations and cooperation in the past 15 years and mapped out a strategic plan for the future growth of our relations. We signed the Joint Statement of ASEAN-China Commemorative Summit. This Summit, which built on past achievements and was future oriented, opened a new chapter in China-ASEAN relations. I wish to take this opportunity to express my thanks to you for your contribution to the success of the Summit and the growth of China-ASEAN relations.

Dear Colleagues,

Today, we are meeting again on the beautiful island of Cebu to further exchange views on advancing China-ASEAN friendship and cooperation. We are glad to note that new progress has been made in the following fields over the past year:

Politically, the two sides have maintained close high-level contact and conducted fruitful dialogue and consultation at various levels. The two sides reached initial agreement on the follow-up activities in implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and adopted the annual plan of action. The China-ASEAN regional security seminar was successfully held in Beijing in July last year, inaugurating the process of institutionalizing China-ASEAN defense and security dialogue.

Economically, as implementation of the Agreement on Trade in Goods of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area began in July 2005, tariffs on more than 7,000 ASEAN and Chinese commodities were lowered, and our trade has maintained steady growth. The two-way trade volume in 2006 reached US$160.8 billion, up by 23.4% over the previous year.

The Agreement on Trade in Services of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area that we are going to sign today is another major achievement in China-ASEAN economic cooperation and trade. It will mark a key step forward in the building of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and lay the foundation for full and scheduled completion of the China-ASEAN FTA.

Honoring its commitment, China has provided US$750 million of concessional loans to relevant ASEAN countries over the past year. China will provide the remaining loans in the next two years.

The building of the Greater Mekong River information superhighway is well under way, and the building of China-ASEAN information superhighway has started. Today, we will sign the relevant document on cooperation in this field.

China-ASEAN cooperation in other fields is also making steady progress. The mechanisms of meetings between telecommunications ministers and between health ministers have been added to the seven existing mechanisms of ministerial meetings, and the first meetings of the new mechanisms were held.

The China-ASEAN ministerial meeting on new communicable diseases and the China-ASEAN Cultural Week which China proposed in 2005 have been successfully held, and preparations are under way for the tour exhibition of applicable Chinese technologies.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations and the China-ASEAN Year of Friendship and Cooperation, we jointly set up the China-ASEAN youth camp, held a cultural performance in front of Angkor Wat of Cambodia, organized China-ASEAN tour of friendship and compiled the ASEAN-China Documents Series.

In international and regional affairs, we have maintained good coordination and cooperation. China consistently supports ASEAN in playing a leading role in East Asia cooperation.

China is pleased with the substantive and fruitful progress in its cooperation with ASEAN across the board in the past year.

Dear Colleagues,

At present, China is building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way, and ASEAN is accelerating the process of building an ASEAN community. We have both entered a new historical period of development. In the coming year, we should continue to strengthen and enrich China-ASEAN strategic partnership in accordance with the agreement reached at the Commemorative Summit and the Joint Statement of ASEAN-China Commemorative Summit, and upgrade our cooperation. To this end, I wish to make the following proposals:

First, strengthen political mutual trust.

We should maintain regular high-level exchange of visits and strengthen strategic communication between leaders of the two sides on regional and international fora such as the East Asia Summit, APEC, ASEM and the United Nations.

We should actively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to promote practical cooperation and joint development in the South China Sea and ensure its stability.

We should further promote defense cooperation and enhance mutual understanding and confidence among our militaries. China offers to host a China-ASEAN peacekeeping seminar in the second half of this year.

Second, bring China-ASEAN economic relations and trade to a new level

We should, on the basis of implementing the Agreement on Trade in Goods and the Agreement on Trade in Services which is going to be signed this time, speed up talks on investment agreement and complete the building of China-ASEAN FTA as planned.

China welcomes more ASEAN businesses to China and encourages established Chinese companies to invest in ASEAN countries. China will favorably consider setting up in ASEAN countries, on the basis of mutual benefit, a number of economic and trade zones which have sound infrastructure and complete industrial chains, are well connected with other sectors and will spur local economic development. I hope this will bring the China-ASEAN win-win cooperation and common development to a higher level.

To support the building of China-ASEAN FTA, China proposes to strengthen cooperation between the customs and inspection and quarantine authorities of the two sides. China offers to host the first China-ASEAN ministerial consultation on quality inspection this year.

China is ready to speed up discussions with ASEAN and sign an MOU on establishing the China-ASEAN Center for Promoting Trade, Investment and Tourism.

China proposes that a strategic plan for China-ASEAN transport cooperation in the next 10-15 years be formulated to facilitate coordinated development of regional transportation, improve integrated transport network, and facilitate communication and transportation.

Third, carry out cooperation in non-traditional security fields

China will enhance cooperation with ASEAN in combating transnational crimes, maritime security, disaster reduction and relief, prevention and control of communicable diseases and environmental protection.

China invites ten ASEAN countries to take part in the training course on reconstruction and management of disaster-hit areas in May 2007 to promote exchanges and cooperation between disaster management agencies of the two sides.

China proposes to establish a China-ASEAN mechanism for regular information sharing on communicable diseases and public health emergencies. China is prepared to host a China-ASEAN symposium this year to review the progress made in prevention and control of human infection of highly pathogenic avian influenza. China will train 20 professionals in this field for ASEAN in the coming two years.

China proposes that environmental cooperation be incorporated into the overall China-ASEAN cooperation framework and that a ministerial dialogue mechanism for this purpose be set up at an appropriate time.

Fourth, actively support ASEAN community building and integration

ASEAN will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. China applauds ASEAN's achievements in development. It has started implementing the decisions announced at the ASEAN-China Commemorative Summit. The US$1 million that China pledged to the ASEAN Development Fund has been delivered. China's General Administration of Customs has been designated to undertake the Project to Facilitate the Process of Customs Reform and Modernization in Cambodia, the Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam, which is part of the Initiative of ASEAN Integration.

China has drawn up a plan to train 8,000 professionals in various fields for ASEAN in the next five years.

China will provide financial support to the building of the bridge spanning the Mekong River on the Kunming-Bangkok road, covering half of the expenses needed by the Laos in building the bridge. China will also accelerate the construction of the Chinese section of the Kunming-Singapore railway to facilitate its early completion.

To help ASEAN countries narrow the digital divide, China's Ministry of Information Industry will sponsor this year a project on the technical options, policies and models of building the information system in rural areas in ASEAN countries.

China will also use its Special Fund for Asian Regional Cooperation to run a number of agro-technology training programs and workshops for ASEAN countries this year.

In addition to deepening the ongoing sub-regional cooperation programs such as ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Cooperation and Greater Mekong Sub-Region Development, China proposes actively exploring the possibility of Pan Beibu Gulf Rim economic cooperation.

Fifth, expand social, cultural and people-to-people exchanges

Young people represent the future of China-ASEAN friendship. To enhance exchanges and cooperation among the young people should be one of our top priorities. China will invite some 300 young people from ASEAN countries, as the first group of 1,000 young people from ASEAN countries invited to visit China in the coming five years, to participate in youth camp and summer camp activities in China this year. China will set up a China-ASEAN youth training base in Guangxi, China.

To promote China-ASEAN media exchanges, China will host the third China-ASEAN High-Level Seminar on Media Cooperation this year.

China will also work closely with ASEAN in promoting sports exchanges and exchanges between non-governmental friendship groups, mutual recognition of degree and diploma, and exchange of teachers, students and young volunteers.

Dear Colleagues,

China and ASEAN are geographically close to each other. We have similar cultures and complementary economies. We are both friendly neighbors and important strategic partners. We need each other in our respective development endeavors, and we are bound by common interests. The growth of China-ASEAN friendship and cooperation serves the fundamental interests of both sides and regional peace, stability and prosperity. China-ASEAN relations are now in a new stage of building on past success to ensure future growth. We should seize the opportunity to deepen win-win cooperation and open a new chapter in China-ASEAN relations.

Thank you.



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