Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said Sunday that China will push ahead to develop its friendly cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and together build a closer China-ASEAN community of common destiny.
China firmly supports the ASEAN Community, backs ASEAN's central role in regional cooperation and its expanding place in international and regional affairs, said Zhang while addressing the opening ceremony of the 13th China-ASEAN Expo in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Together with ASEAN, China is willing to look at bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, expand consensus and cooperation, promote the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and forge a closer China-ASEAN community of common destiny, he said.
Zhang proposed further integration of development strategies, and faithful implementation of the 2+7 Cooperation Framework and the third five-year action plan for China-ASEAN strategic partnership, which would promote inclusive development.
He called for boosting industrial cooperation and facilitation of trade and investment.
Zhang urged better interconnectivity, which would benefit people on both sides, as well as improved finance cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.
The four-day expo, held in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, highlights industrial cooperation, trade and investment among China, ASEAN members and other countries along the Belt and Road. It was given the theme of "Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Forging an Even Closer China-ASEAN Community of Common Destiny."
The event attracted more than 2,500 companies from 29 countries, including the 10 ASEAN members, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan. It features 5,800 exhibition booths this year, an increase of 1,200 from the previous event.