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China, ASEAN mark 25th anniversary of dialogue relations

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

09-07-2016 14:39 BJT

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VIENTIANE, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held the 19th ASEAN-China Summit and commemorated the 25th anniversary of dialogue relations between the two sides here on Wednesday.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and leaders from the 10 ASEAN members attended the summit. Li delivered a speech at the commemorative meeting.

China, as ASEAN's most active cooperation partner, is ASEAN's largest trading partner, while the regional bloc is China's third largest trading partner.

Apart from economic field, cooperation between China and ASEAN in the past 25 years has yielded significant achievements in various fields. According to Liu Zhenmin, China's vice foreign minister, people-to-people exchanges would be viewed as a new pillar for China-ASEAN cooperation.

The ASEAN opened its 28th and 29th summits here on Tuesday. The summits and related leaders' meetings that run from Tuesday through Thursday also include ASEAN+1 Summits, ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and South Korea) Summit, and the East Asia Summit.

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