Working together to fight the epidemic has given China and ASEAN a strong momentum for cooperation. Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, China and ASEAN countries have always maintained close cooperation. While working together to fight the epidemic, they have promoted economic and trade exchanges. Bilateral relations have shown strong endogenous momentum.
Recently, at a video meeting of senior officials of ASEAN and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3), Deputy Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui stated that the 10+3 countries’ response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic and economic recovery are “double harvests” in East Asia in the first half of this year. One of the two major characteristics of the regional situation.
As friendly neighbors, China and ASEAN are each other’s important cooperative partners. The sudden outbreak of the epidemic has set a severe test question for countries all over the world. China and ASEAN countries have withstood the test. While doing their own epidemic prevention work, they have carried out active cooperation and jointly responded to the epidemic at the regional level, setting a model for international cooperation in the fight against the epidemic.
Currently, epidemic prevention and control has entered a stage of normalization. Both China and ASEAN countries are faced with the arduous task of preventing a rebound of the epidemic and restoring economic and social order. Cooperation will remain the main theme of bilateral relations. Especially in the fields of trade and investment, the cooperation between China and ASEAN is worth looking forward to.
According to the data on imports and exports of goods released by the General Administration of Customs of China in the first half of this year, the total value of China’s imports and exports to ASEAN reached 2.09 trillion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 5.6%, accounting for 14.7% of China’s total foreign trade, and ASEAN continued to maintain China’s largest trade Partner status.
In the face of challenges and opportunities, China and ASEAN countries have shown a strong willingness to cooperate and have acted. At present, the two sides have been closely cooperating on joint prevention and control and strengthening macro policy coordination. China and Singapore are the first to establish a “fast channel” for personnel exchanges, and work together to promote the smooth flow of the regional supply chain. The special meeting of China-ASEAN Ministers of Transportation to respond to the new crown pneumonia epidemic was held recently. The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and work together to ensure the smooth flow of the transportation and logistics system between China and ASEAN, which will add a strong impetus to the resumption of work and production.
The mountains and rivers are connected, and the friendship is connected. I believe that China and ASEAN countries will work hand in hand to overcome the impact of the epidemic, find new opportunities for development in the crisis, and deepen friendship due to this precious experience of overcoming difficulties, and become a strong driving force for buildingChina and ASEAN a strong momentum for cooperation.