China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang arrived in Bangkok for the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit this past weekend and stressed that China was committed to developing ASEAN member states.
“China remains ASEAN’s top trading partner for 10 years running. This year, Asean is China’s second-largest trading partner,” said Li. “Last month, the ASEAN-China FTA protocol upgrade took full effect. This promises greater trade benefits for both ASEAN and China.”
In the meetings held by Chinese and ASEAN heads of state, both parties agreed to start the process of the The Joint Declaration on China-ASEAN Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity (2021-2025) and revealed the next coming year will involve many digital economy initiatives between the two parties.
“We were pleased that ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations continued to be strong, stable and mutually-beneficial and that our Strategic Partnership remained dynamic as one of the key pillars of peace, stability, prosperity and sustainability in our region,” said the chair of the ASEAN-China Summit Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.