Scene of the meeting. (Screen captured)

At the meeting, the Chinese side hailed its relationship with ASEAN as an outstanding model for Asia-Pacific cooperation, adding that it considers ASEAN a top priority in its neighborhood diplomacy and supports the bloc in community building and the strengthening of its central role in the regional architecture.

It committed to assist ASEAN in implementing the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, and Work Plan IV for 2021-2025 of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI).

ASEAN member states spoke highly of China’s contributions over recent years and hoped that both sides would enhance their cooperation to realize the ASEAN-China Plan of Action for 2021-2025. The POA was approved during Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship Year, which is considered a good guide to bilateral cooperation in the time to come.

Translated by Song Anh