ASEAN Ministers Commend China's Regional Role

Added On August 8, 2017

The ASEAN foreign ministers on Sunday commended the growing role of China in the region.

They say the region continues to reap the fruits of China's strong economic growth.

In a joint communique of the 50th ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, the ministers stressed the need for more economic integration between ASEAN and China.

The ministers said they "acknowledged China's growing role in the region and highlighted that China's economic growth continues to benefit the region."

They called on both sides to continue promoting economic integration, and looked forward to more high-level dialogues and exchanges between ASEAN and China.

The ministers also welcomed the entry into force of the ACFTA Upgrade Protocol between ASEAN and China.

They say the deal will help support the twin goals to reach a two-way trade and investment of 1 trillion U.S. dollars and 150 billion U.S. dollars respectively by 2020.