JAKARTA, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) stands ready to work with China to lift the ASEAN-China strategic partnership to a new high, ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi said here on Monday.
He made the remarks while receiving credentials presented by China's new Ambassador to ASEAN Deng Xijun at the ASEAN Secretariat. He said ASEAN attaches great importance to its ties with China as well as the important role China has played in the East Asian cooperation.
The ASEAN secretary-general expressed gladness over the fast development of the ASEAN-China relationship and the new progress in bilateral cooperation in various fields, saying that support will be continuously provided to assist the work of the Chinese mission to ASEAN and to promote the further growth of the ASEAN-China relations.
Deng Xijun, for his part, said that the China-ASEAN relationship, with a strong momentum of growth, has entered a new stage of all-dimensional development, and next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the China-ASEAN dialogue relations.
As one of the important strategic partners of the ASEAN, China will continue to support SEAN in community building, support ASEAN's centrality in regional cooperation and its bigger role in building an open and inclusive regional cooperation framework.