Xinhua Silk Road - Belt and Road Portal, China's silk road economic belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Website Xinhua Silk Road - Belt and Road Portal, China's silk road economic belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Website
Subscribe CustomBlackClose

Belt & Road Weekly Subscription Form

download_pop

Research ReportCustomBlackClose

The full edition of the report is available at Xinhua Silk Road Database. You can click the “Table of Content” to have a general understanding of it.

Click on the button below to create your account and get immediate access to thousands of articles.

Start a Free Trial

Agricultural Development Bank of China
International Relation

Interview: ASEAN deputy chief expects more trade between ASEAN, China

June 10, 2020


Abstract : A senior official of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said proximity has made China and ASEAN close trading partners, even during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

by Alex, Liang Hui

JAKARTA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- A senior official of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said proximity has made China and ASEAN close trading partners, even during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua here on Monday afternoon, Kung Phoak, deputy secretary-general of ASEAN, noted the importance of ASEAN-China cooperation in economy and trade.

"Before the (COVID-19) outbreak, we were on a positive trend. The two have already become trading partners," Kung Phoak said. "And now amid the pandemic, it intensifies our efforts to bring our trade closer to one another," he added.

The two sides, he said, could see the benefits of economic cooperation amid uncertainty, such as an epidemic outbreak and unpredictable trade situation at the global level.

"We are close to one another. It's easy for us to bring our products to the Chinese market and also for China to bring its products to the ASEAN market. It's mutual benefit," he said.

During the January-May period, ASEAN remained as China's largest trading partner with trade up by 4.2 percent year on year to 1.7 trillion yuan (240 billion U.S. dollars), accounting for 14.7 percent of China's total foreign trade.

Kung Phoak expected that the future cooperation between the two sides would be stronger not only in the economic sector, but also in other sectors.

"For example, poverty eradication, culture, people to people exchange. These are also going very well in terms of our cooperation," he said.

"There's a lot of things that ASEAN member states can learn from China as well," said Kung Phoak, praising China's commitment and efforts in reducing poverty.

"I am so happy to know that the country is on track to completely reduce poverty by the end of this year," he said. "There will be a lot of lessons and best practices that we can learn from China as well," he added.

Kung Phoak also commented on China's white paper that chronicles its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in the past months.

"The white paper is very comprehensive and very detailed," said Kung Phoak. He believed that the white paper is going to be "extremely useful" for countries that are still battling the outbreak.

Founded in 1967, ASEAN comprises 10 countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (1 yuan equals 0.14 USD) Enditem

Scan the QR code and push it to your mobile phone

Keyword: ASEAN International cooperation

Reading:

Seraphim signs supply agreement with Australian company

China, EU agree to improve ties at 10th high-level strategic dialogue

Guangxi FTZ takes advantage of online channel for investment promotion

China Focus: New opening-up plan increases Hainan's appeal to global investors

China to stage major services trade fair in September

Write to Us belt & road login close

Do you want to be a contributor to Xinhua Silk Road and tell us your Belt & Road story? Send your articles to [email protected] and share your stories with more people.

Click on the button below to create your account and get im http://img.silkroad.news.cn/templates/silkroad/en2017te access to thousands of articles.

Start a Free Trial

Ask Us A Question belt & road login close

If you have any questions, please enter them in the box below.

Reload

Write to Us belt & road login close

Do you want to be a contributor to Xinhua Silk Road and tell us your Belt & Road story? Send your articles to silkroadweekly@xinhua.org and share your stories with more people.

Click on the button below to create your account and get im http://img.silkroad.news.cn/templates/silkroad/en2017te access to thousands of articles.

Start a Free Trial