ASEAN and China Welcomed Positive Progress in Several Cooperation Areas

ASEAN and China welcomed positive progress in several cooperation areas such as combatting transnational crime; trade and economy; and education. His Excellency also acknowledged China's proposal to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership with ASEAN. At the Summit, the leaders appreciated China's generous contributions towards COVID-19 recovery including the provision of vaccines, medical supplies and technical expertise.

ASEAN and China are each other's largest trading partners and to this end, Leaders hoped to upgrade the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, in efforts to adhere to the multilateral trading system. At the end of the Summit, the Joint Statement on Cooperation in Support of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework; and Joint Statement on Enhancing Green and Sustainable Development Cooperation were adopted.

Source: Radio Television Brunei