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ASEAN wants more investment, tourists from China

(Xinhua)

08:21, August 28, 2012

Picture taken on Aug. 27, 2012 shows a scene of the opening ceremony of the 44th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting and related meetings in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The 44th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting and related meetings kicked off here Monday, focusing talks on the bloc's economic growth development and tracking progress on tasks towards building an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. (Xinhua/Sovannara)

SIEM REAP, Cambodia, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The bilateral relationship between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN) and China is very good and the regional bloc wants to see more investment and tourists from China, ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said here Monday.

"The ASEAN relation with China has been very productive and both sides certainly take the relationship very seriously," he said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of the 44th ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting.

He said that the bilateral trade between ASEAN and China is growing very fast and the trade balance has been in China's favor.

"Certainly, we are hoping that there will be more investment coming from China in order to sustain this growth and to make the relationship more balance," he said.

Asked about China's role in helping ASEAN realize the Economic Community by 2015, Surin said China is the largest market for ASEAN and the country is certainly a growth engine for ASEAN as it has been the growth engine for the rest of the world.

He added that China has helped ASEAN a lot in infrastructure development.

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