SINGAPORE, Nov 7 – China supports the growth of ASEAN and is resolute in boosting friendly cooperation with the Southeast Asian bloc, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Saturday. According to China’s Xinhua news agency in a speech at the National University of Singapore, he noted that by the end of the year the ASEAN Economic Community will be in place, which will be the first ever sub-regional economic community in Asia.
China, he added, will firmly support the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community, as well as ASEAN’s leading role in promoting regional cooperation in East Asia. Speaking highly of the history and development of ASEAN, Xi said that neighbourhood is the starting point of China’s development initiatives such as the “Belt and Road” and vision of building a community of common destiny. Meanwhile, he welcomes neighboring countries to board China’s express train of development.