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Li Keqiang: Moving the China-ASEAN Strategic Relationship One Step Forward

Xinhua reported that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a speech on October 9 at the 16th China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Leadership Summit. Li called for a long-term view of their strategic partnership and for strengthening two common political grounds: (1) Improve strategic mutual trust; (2) Deepen cooperation in economic development.

Li also pushed seven key areas of cooperation: (1) Actively work toward signing the Good-Neighborly Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation; (2) Start the process of improving the China-ASEAN free trade zone; (3) Speed up the infrastructure constructions of interconnectivity; (4) Strengthen regional financial and risk management cooperation; (5) Steadily improve maritime cooperation; (6) Enhance security oriented exchanges and cooperation; (7) Intensify cooperation in the areas of culture and technology.

Source: Xinhua, October 9, 2013