ASEAN, China mark 15th anniversary of strategic partnership

Thursday, 2018-07-12 21:24:39
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China is the first country signing the strategic partnership with ASEAN.
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NDO/VNA – A ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of ASEAN - China Strategic Partnership was held at the ASEAN Secretariat headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 12.

Addressing the event, ASEAN chief Lim Jock Hoi highlighted the partnership between ASEAN and China in politics, economics, trade and culture over the past 15 years.

Currently, China is the largest trade partner of ASEAN and helps the grouping develop smart cities, Lim said.

On the occasion, a photo exhibition commemorating the 15th anniversary of ASEAN - China Strategic Partnership opened. Themed “Living in Harmony”, the event brings vivid images on the land and people of China and ASEAN member countries to visitors.

China, the first country signing the strategic partnership with ASEAN, is the biggest trade partner of the grouping, while ASEAN is the third largest partner of China.

Bilateral trade totalled US$514.8 billion last year, up 13.8% year on year. China's exports to ASEAN countries reached US$279.1 billion in 2017, up 9% year on year, while imports grew 20% year-on-year to stand at US$235.7 billion.