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China, ASEAN mark 25th anniversary of dialogue relations

Updated: Sep 7,2016 1:46 PM     Xinhua

VIENTIANE — 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 in Vientiane on Sept 7.

Premier Li Keqiang and leaders from the 10 ASEAN members attended the summit. Premier 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 Sept 6. The summits and related leaders’ meetings that run from Sept 6 through Sept 8 also include ASEAN+1 Summits, ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea) Summit, and the East Asia Summit.