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Chi backs Philippines for Asean rotating presidency

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Jan 4: Chi supports the Philippines in assuming the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian tions (Asean) in 2017, said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday.

“Chi hopes to push relations with Asean to a new level,” Xinhua news agency reported spokesman Geng Shuang as saying.

The Chinese government has always regarded Asean as a priority in its diplomacy with neighbouring countries, said Geng.

Chi and Asean commemorated the 25th anniversary of dialogue relations between the two sides in September 2016.

During the meeting, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and leaders from the 10 Asean members agreed to lift Chi-Asean cooperation to a new level, which demonstrated the firm resolve of the two sides to deepen mutual trust and enhance cooperation, said Geng.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Asean and it is also the Chi-Asean year of tourism cooperation. (IANS)

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