China-ASEAN relation improves amid the pandemic: Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN

A senior official of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said that the China and ASEAN trading relations have improved because of close proximity even during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kung Phoak, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, noted the importance of the ASEAN-China cooperation in economy and trade.

“Before the (COVID-19) outbreak, we were on a positive trend. The two have already become trading partners…And now amid the pandemic, it intensifies our efforts to bring our trade closer to one another,” Kung Phoak said.

“We are close to one another. It’s easy for us to bring our products to the Chinese market and also for China to bring its products to the ASEAN market. It’s mutual benefit,” he added.

Kung Phoak expected that the future cooperation between the two sides would be stronger not only in the economic sector, but also in other sectors. “For example, poverty eradication, culture, people to people exchange. These are also going very well in terms of our cooperation,” Kung Phoak said.

Founded in 1967, ASEAN comprises 10 countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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