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China, ASEAN leaders vow to upgrade cooperation, reject decoupling

2023-04-01 10:28:49       source:Global Times

April 1, 2023

The Great Hall of the People in Beijing saw a busy Friday as Chinese top leader met with leaders of Spain, Malaysia and Singapore to further boost bilateral relations and exchange views on topics of shared concern, with experts pointing out that the interactions among top leaders after the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference will inject positive impetus into the region and the world amid a growing geopolitical crisis.

On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Beijing.

Deepening cooperation

During the meetings especially with two foreign guests from ASEAN, leaders also stressed upholding multilateralism and deepening cooperation in boosting regional and global development, vowing to support the core position of ASEAN and reject Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation. This strong momentum shows that the cooperation between China and ASEAN won't be affected by US-led decoupling moves, as such cooperation is rooted in the fundamental interests of the two sides, experts said.

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