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Cementing China-ASEAN strategic partnership helpful to both sides: China's top political advisor

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NANNING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese top political advisor Jia Qinglin said Tuesday that cementing and reinforcing the China-ASEAN strategic partnership was in the common interests of the two sides.

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks at a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 7th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, capital city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

"We live at a time of accelerated adjustment in the international political and economic landscape and major opportunities in the development of Asia," Jia said. "The future and destiny of China and ASEAN countries are increasingly closely linked with each other."

Jia stressed that China will continue to pursue the policy of building friendships and partnerships with its neighbors and following this policy guideline, strengthen strategic mutual trust with ASEAN.

"We will work with ASEAN to deepen mutually-beneficial cooperation, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, strengthen communication and coordination on major regional and international issues, promote sound and fast development in our respective countries, and contribute to peace, stability development and prosperity of Asia." Jia said.

Jia also expressed his hope that under the guidance of the theme of the summit, which is "Prospects for Economic and Trade Cooperation with the Establishment of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area," the delegates to the summit will share thoughts on how to further tap the potential of China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, expand business cooperation and mutual investment, strengthen infrastructure development and interconnectivity, cooperate on major programs concerning people's livelihood.

He also called on both sides to promote small- and medium-enterprises exchanges and cooperation, propel sectoral engagement and cooperation, build new industrial chains, deepen Mekong River sub-regional development and enhance sub-regional cooperation including BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East Asia Growth Area).

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