China looks forward to implementing the important consensus formerly reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Leaders of Southeast Asian Countries through Foreign Minister Wang Yi’ visits to these Countries, said Zhao Lijian, Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that the State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi would pay Official Visits to Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines from January 11 to 16.

Southeast Asian Countries are China’s friendly neighbors connected by sea and land and important partners in jointly building the Belt & Road Initiative. China attaches great importance to the development of relations with Southeast Asian countries and regards ASEAN as a priority in its neighborhood diplomacy.

Since last year, President Xi Jinping has had communications with leaders of all Southeast Asian Countries through telephone conversations and exchanges of messages.

Premier Li Keqiang attended Leaders Meetings on East Asia Cooperation with leaders of ASEAN Countries and held Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting with Leaders of Countries along the Mekong River,” said Zhao.

“China and ASEAN Countries have worked together as close partners to fight against the COVID-19 Crisis. The trade and investment between China and ASEAN grew against the global downturn. ASEAN has become China’s largest trading partner. The year 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN, and our friendly exchanges will move toward greater maturity,” said Zhao Lijian.

“Through this visit, China looks forward to implementation of the important consensus reached by President Xi and Leaders of the Four Countries, deepening Belt & Road Initiative Cooperation and building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

With the focus on development and the fight against the virus, maintaining continuous momentum of regional cooperation and development, and making efforts to enhance China-ASEAN Relations.

China will work with ASEAN Countries and make greater contributions to upholding multilateralism, advancing free trade and safeguarding regional stability,” he added.

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