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China and ASEAN expected to expand cooperation in vaccine, digital economy and investment, despite US’ efforts to split the region

2021-09-11 06:27:42       source:Global Times

September 10, 2021

Amid the 30th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, the 18th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit kicked off on Friday to further explore cooperation in digital economy, epidemic and investment and trade, and Chinese analysts said the deepened bilateral relations which was the most successful in Asia-Pacific region will see the two become the first to rebound in people-to-people exchange in the world with mutual vaccine recognition and experience the fastest post-pandemic economic recovery. 

The Expo and Summit were held three weeks after US officials' visit to Southeast Asia, which tried to force regional countries to pick a side between China and the US, and analysts said that the unprecedented China-ASEAN relations showed that ASEAN will not allow the US to shatter the unity of the region, and the US' Indo-Pacific strategy is doomed to fail. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the summit, which kicked off Friday in Nanning, South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. This year marks the 30th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations, which also marks the historic high-level of multilateral relations.

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