At the meeting, Kao stressed the friendship and long-term cooperation between ASEAN and China.

ASEAN Secretary-General Kao Kim Hourn. (Source:

ASEAN is ready to deepen its comprehensive strategic partnership with China, jointly maintain regional peace and stability, and tighten links in trade, investment, digital economy and green development, he said.

The official also expressed the bloc’s willingness to work with China to promote energy transition, connectivity and people-to-people exchanges while unleashing cooperation potential to further advance bilateral ties.

Congratulating Kao on taking office as ASEAN Secretary-General, the Chinese official said China has always supported ASEAN, and that it will continue to firmly support the association’s integration and community building, its solidarity for development, and the maintenance of the ASEAN-centered regional cooperation architecture.

Wang added the two sides should join hands to advance the noble cause of modernization for the people in China and ASEAN; build a region of peace, prosperity, a beautiful environment, and friendship; and foster cooperation for a shared future.

Source: VNA