|Zhang Gaoli Attends and Addresses the Opening Ceremony of China-ASEAN Expo|
On the morning of September 12, 2017, the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit opened in Nanning, Guangxi. Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attended the opening ceremony, and delivered a keynote speech.
Zhang Gaoli said that China and ASEAN are goods neighbors, good friends and good partners linked by mountains and rivers and bound by blood, and enjoying the right time, the right place and the support of the people in the joint construction of the "Belt and Road". In recent years, China and ASEAN have carried forward the Silk Road spirit of peace and cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning, mutual benefit and win-win results, vigorously promoted policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds, and made remarkable progress in bilateral cooperation in various fields. The ancient Maritime Silk Road shined again with new vigor and vitality.
Zhang Gaoli said that China firmly develops its friendly cooperation with ASEAN. President Xi Jinping proposed to build an even closer China-ASEAN community of common destiny, making it a model of the community of common destiny for Asia. China is willing to continuously uphold the concept featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, and jointly write the new chapter of the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. First is to deepen bilateral political mutual trust, advance the formulation of 2030 Vision for China-ASEAN strategic partnership, further strengthen the alignment of the "Belt and Road" initiative with ASEAN regional strategies and development plans of ASEAN countries, and continuously propel Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and sub-regional cooperation such as China-East ASEAN Growth Area. Second is to deepen international production capacity cooperation, orderly carry out production capacity cooperation in such areas as clean energy, modern communication, cement, electricity and steel, give play to the industrial agglomeration role of China Overseas Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone, and achieve sustainable development and common prosperity through industrial upgrading. Third is to deepen economic and trade cooperation, jointly implement Initiative on Promoting Unimpeded Trade Cooperation along the Belt and Road, guide investment funds and social funds of both sides to participate in the "Belt and Road" major projects, and promote the upgrading and development of China-ASEAN free trade area. Fourth is to deepen connectivity cooperation, focus on major channels, major cities and major projects, concentrate on advancing the quaternity connectivity of land, sea, sky and the Internet, and enhance the construction of regional infrastructure network. Fifth is to deepen cooperation in innovation, actively commit to intelligent manufacturing, Internet plus, digital economy, sharing economy and other waves of innovative development, carry out China-ASEAN Science and Technology Partnership Program, well implement the specialized planning on the "Belt and Road" innovation cooperation in science and technology, and enhance the domestic drivers for economic development. Sixth is to deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation, jointly well hold various activities of the China-ASEAN Year of Tourism this year, make innovation in the cooperation model in education, culture, sports, health and other fields, intensify nongovernmental friendship and exchanges, and consolidate the public opinion foundation of bilateral exchanges.
Zhang Gaoli pointed out that China-ASEAN Expo and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit have become an important bridge of enhancing political mutual trust, an important platform for economic and trade cooperation and an important bond to strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and ASEAN countries. It is hoped that in the trend of the times of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road", more consensus could be gathered, more business opportunities could be expanded and more outcomes could be achieved.
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh of Vietnam, Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone of Laos and First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Uzakbaiuly Mamin of Kazakhstan also attended the opening ceremony and respectively delivered speeches.
After the opening ceremony, Zhang Gaoli made an inspection tour to pavilions of the Expo, and jointly attended the inauguration ceremony of Brunei Pavilion with Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.