Xinhua recently reported on some comments that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made when he attended the Seventeenth China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Conference. Li suggested new means of cooperation. He called for building the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” which should reinforce cooperation between China and ASEAN. China suggested that the name next year be the “Year of China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation.” China is looking forward to working with the ASEAN countries to make better use of the 2014 “Maritime Cooperation Fund” for projects in this year’s portfolio. At the Conference, Li encouraged the ASEAN countries to be more active in submitting their 2015 project applications for funding under the Maritime Cooperation Fund.
Source: Xinhua, November 13, 2014