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China, ASEAN form comprehensive strategic partnership as Xi chairs summit

2021-11-23 15:52:08 Xinhua News Agency

China and ASEAN agreed to elevate their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership at the special summit to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations.

"We need to actively consider the orderly resumption of the flow of people post the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to promote exchanges in areas such as culture, tourism, think tanks, media and women to build better understanding, bring hearts closer together and form one big family between our peoples," Xi said.

He said China will enhance cooperation with ASEAN in vocational education and mutual recognition of diplomas, increase the number of recipients of the China-ASEAN Young Leaders Scholarship, and organize events like youth camps.

China will launch the China-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Enhancing Program, and will provide 1,000 items of advanced and applicable technology to ASEAN and support a program for 300 young scientists from ASEAN to come to China for exchanges in the next five years.

"We support the establishment of a China-ASEAN Knowledge Network for Development," Xi said, adding that China is also ready to strengthen exchange and cooperation with ASEAN on poverty reduction to promote balanced and inclusive development.

COMMUNITY WITH SHARED FUTURE

Xi made five proposals for developing future relations between China and ASEAN, including building a peaceful, safe and secure, prosperous, beautiful and amicable home together.

"China stands ready to work with ASEAN to grasp the overriding trend, remove interference, share opportunities and promote shared prosperity. We will implement in earnest our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and make new strides toward building a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future," he said.

ASEAN leaders attending the summit hailed the formal establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between ASEAN and China, saying it is a milestone of great historical significance.

ASEAN is willing to make joint efforts with China to strengthen all-round cooperation, usher in the next 30 years of better ties, and make greater contributions to regional peace, stability and prosperity, they said.

To uphold regional peace and stability, Xi called for pursuing dialogue instead of confrontation, building partnerships instead of alliances, and making concerted efforts to address the various negative factors that might threaten or undermine peace.