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ASEAN to increase exchanges, deepen cooperation with China: forum delegates

(People's Daily Online)    17:02, November 10, 2017

The 2017 Tuole Forum on “China-ASEAN International Production Capacity Cooperation” was held in Panzhou, Liupanshui, in southwest China’s Guizhou Province on Nov. 9. At the forum, ambassadors and diplomats in China from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, and other ASEAN countries said they expect to deepen China-ASEAN exchanges and cooperation, so as to achieve win-win results in production capacity investment, tourism, energy, and building materials.

Khampao Mao, vice governor of Xiangkhouang Province in Laos and a standing member of the Xiangkhouang Provincial Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, said China and Laos are close and friendly neighbors bordering each other. Laos-China cooperation in trade, investment, culture, society, and tourism has yielded fruitful results. At present, Chinese businesses form the majority among the foreign-funded enterprises in Xiangkhouang.

Khampao added that his province will prioritize socio-economic development by attracting investment in tourism, agriculture, and processing. Khampao hopes to deepen friendly ties with Guizhou province in China and tap the cooperative potential and create a sound environment for investment, so as to achieve win-win results.

“Liupanshui deserves promotion, because the city holds advantages in eco-tourism resources, cultural heritages, mineral resources, and agriculture products,” said Bong Yik Jui, consul general of Malaysia in Nanning, capital of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the southern part of China.

Bong Yik Jui said the ASEAN personages should use the forum to strengthen economic and people-to-people exchanges with China, create new opportunities, increase mutual trust and benefits, and finally achieve China-ASEAN complementarity and win-win results.

Pompop Uampidhaya, consul general of Thailand in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, believes that hosting the forum in Guizhou shows the province attaches great importance to cooperation with ASEAN countries. Having advantages in terms of big data, manufacturing, tourism, and vocational training, Guizhou can be conducive to ASEAN development.

Pompop said Thailand is ready to join hands with Guizhou in various fields, while enhancing its connectivity with ASEAN neighbors and contributing to economic stability, prosperity, and sustained development in China and Thailand.

Other ASEAN delegates also shared their insight at the forum. Since the establishment of dialogue between China and ASEAN 26 years ago, the two sides, as close neighbors bordering each other, have grown to become mutually beneficial economic partners.

Holding respective advantages over industry, location, and opening-up, both sides gather to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, jointly cooperate in production capacity, set up an exchange mechanism for common needs, and materialize the common goal of win-win results.

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