After 30 years of win-win cooperation, China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have set a fine example of successful and vibrant bilateral relations, which have come to a new starting point brimmed with new opportunities.
Established in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Xinhua compiled a list of 26 keywords that highlight the development of China-ASEAN relations since they forged dialogue relations in 1991.
A - Anniversary
The year 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN. Since 1991, the two sides have remained committed to promoting regional prosperity with comprehensive cooperation and bringing tangible benefits to people in the region.
B - Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road cooperation between China and ASEAN continues to make headway, which promotes regional connectivity and supports economic recovery. In the latest progress, the China-Laos Railway started operation on Dec. 3, putting the landlocked Southeast Asian country on track to a land-linked hub.
C - Closer community with a shared future
Exploring a bright path of good-neighborliness and win-win cooperation, China and ASEAN have taken strides toward building a closer community with a shared future and made important contributions to the cause of human progress.
D - Digital Governance Dialogue
A China-ASEAN Digital Governance Dialogue has been proposed to deepen innovative application of digital technology.
E - Economic recovery
China and ASEAN are expanding cooperation to boost post-pandemic regional economic recovery. China vows to provide ASEAN with 1.5 billion U.S. dollars of development assistance in the next three years to support ASEAN countries' fight against COVID-19 and efforts for economic recovery.
F - Free Trade Area
Thanks to the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTA), coming into effect in 2010, tariffs have been reduced, driving a vigorous growth in bilateral trade. The two sides plan to work toward a new round of upgrade of the China-ASEAN FTA at an early date after full implementation of an upgrading protocol of the FTA in 2019, and enhance the level of trade and investment liberalization and facilitation.
G - Green economy
China and ASEAN are seeking to strengthen cooperation in the green economy, striving to explore green, low-carbon, circular and sustainable development paths to achieve win-win economic development and environmental protection.
H - Health shield
China and ASEAN will build a "health shield" for the region. China vows to donate an additional 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to ASEAN countries, step up vaccine joint production and technology transfer, and collaborate on research and development of essential medicines.
I - Innovation
To boost innovation, a China-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Enhancing Program will be launched. Under the program, China will provide 1,000 items of advanced and applicable technology to ASEAN and support a program for 300 young scientists from ASEAN to come to China for exchanges in the next five years.
J - Joint efforts against COVID-19
China and ASEAN support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, like they always do in the face of challenges, forging a stronger sense of being a community with a shared future.
K - Knowledge Network for Development
China supports the establishment of a China-ASEAN Knowledge Network for Development and vows to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with ASEAN on poverty reduction to promote balanced and inclusive development.
L - Lancang-Mekong Cooperation
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, launched in 2016 by China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, has become an important sub-regional cooperation mechanism between China and ASEAN. Besides traditional areas including connectivity, industrial capacity, water resources, agriculture and poverty reduction, cooperation has extended to new fields such as digital economy, environmental protection, health and customs.
M - Managing disagreements
China and ASEAN have accommodated each other's major concerns, respected each other's development paths, properly handled disagreements on topics including the South China Sea issue through dialogue based on mutual respect and consultation, and jointly safeguarded regional peace and stability.
N - Neighbors
China and ASEAN are neighbors. With mutual assistance being their shared tradition, they look out for each other and honor the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.
O - Openness
Drawing wisdom from East Asian civilization, China and ASEAN have steered regional economic integration with an open mind, advanced ASEAN-led regional cooperation through equal-footed consultation, and forged friendships that are open, not exclusionary, with an inclusive attitude.
P - Priority
China was, is, and will always be ASEAN's good neighbor, good friend and good partner, unswervingly taking ASEAN as a high priority in its neighborhood diplomacy.
Q - Quality product imports
China plans to import more quality products from ASEAN countries, including buying up to 150 billion dollars worth of agricultural products from ASEAN in the next five years.
R - RCEP
ASEAN and China have jointly concluded and signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the world's largest free trade agreement, together with Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand in November 2020, and the 15 countries are pushing ahead with plans to implement it on Jan. 1, 2022.
S - Sustainable development
China and ASEAN have enhanced cooperation in various fields for sustainable development. China is ready to open a dialogue with ASEAN on climate response, increase policy communication and experience sharing, and synergize each other's plans for sustainable development.
T - Top trading partner
China has remained as ASEAN's top trading partner for 12 consecutive years, while ASEAN became China's largest trading partner in 2020. Bilateral trade maintained robust growth momentum, surging 29.8 percent in the first 11 months of this year.
U - Upgraded relations
China and ASEAN jointly elevated their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in November 2021, a new milestone in their relations, which will inject new impetus into peace, stability, prosperity and development of the region and the world.
V - Vote of confidence
As a vote of confidence in China-ASEAN common development, two-way investment has seen notable progress. By the end of June 2021, the cumulative two-way investment topped 310 billion U.S. dollars.
W - Winter Olympics 2022
The Beijing Winter Olympics and the Hangzhou Asian Games, to be hosted by China in 2022, will offer good opportunities for deepening sports exchanges and cooperation between China and ASEAN countries.
X - eXpo
Inaugurated in 2004, the China-ASEAN Expo, an event held annually in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has become an important platform for promoting trade and bilateral relations between China and ASEAN.
Y - Youth
The young people represent the future of China and ASEAN. China will enhance cooperation with ASEAN in vocational education and mutual recognition of diplomas, increase the number of recipients of the China-ASEAN Young Leaders Scholarship, and organize events like youth camps.
Z - Zero-tariff
More than 90 percent of the goods between China and ASEAN countries can be traded at zero tariff, under the China-ASEAN FTA.