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China-ASEAN Celebrating New Year 2017& Enhancing Cooperation Activity was Held in Beijing

Copyfrom:People's DailyPost Time:2017-05-24 17:01:03

Year of the Monkey passes by among great pleasure in welcoming Year of the Chicken and Spring festival happy moment. On January 17th, “China-ASEAN Celebrating New Year 2017 &Enhancing Cooperation Activity” was held in Beijing. During the Activity, representatives from China and ASEAN countries joyously gathered to celebrate the new year 2017 and enhance cooperation, and Ambassadors from ten ASEAN embassies in China and their representatives toasted to all to celebrate the New Year.

More than 200 people attended the Activity, including representatives from relevant government departments, chambers & associations, famous enterprises and media of China and ASEAN countries.

The Activity was co-hosted by China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and ASEAN Committee in Beijing (ACB). ASEAN Committee Beijing (ACB) consists of ten ASEAN embassies in China, and China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC)is the main dialogue cooperation mechanism between China and ASEAN representing the business circle.

ASEAN Has Become the Preferred Market for Chinese Enterprises to Invest Abroad in 2016

Xu Ningning, the Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), said that there has been a trend of rapid growth in the number of Chinese enterprises entering ASEAN, and that ASEAN has become the preferred area for Chinese enterprises’ foreign investment.

During the China-ASEAN Celebrating New Year 2017 & Enhancing Cooperation Activity, Liupanshui City-ASEAN Economic and Trade Matching Meeting was co-hosted by China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and Liupanshui Municipal People's Government, aiming to assist Liupanshui City to promote international industry production capacity cooperation and two-way investment, and speed up the economic fusion development of the two areas. Besides, ASEAN International Eco-City Promotion Conference was co-hosted by China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and Farlim Group (Malaysia). ASEAN International Eco-City is invested by Farlim Holding Sdn Bhd and constructed in Qihe County of Dezhou City, with the total investment of 15 billion RMB and the whole planning area of 10 square kilometers.

During the Activity, the annual “Awards Ceremony for Chinese Enterprises Entering ASEAN and ASEAN Enterprises Entering China”was held. The Award and its selection are organized by China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and ASEAN Committee in Beijing (ACB), and have been held for six consecutive years. Lv Kejian, the former Director General of Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, said that the Award and its selection was not only conducive to sum up the successful experiences of the development and cooperation between Chinese and ASEAN enterprises, but also a ratification of enterprises’ achievements, thus encouraging more enterprises to play a main role in the development of trade and investment between China and ASEAN.

The ten enterprises awarding“2016 Successful Chinese Enterprise Entering ASEAN”were Jiangsu Taihu Cambodia International Economic Cooperation Zone Investment Co., Ltd, UnionPay International Co.,LTD South East Asia, China-Indonesia Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone Co., Ltd, and other 7 enterprises. The ten enterprises awarding“2016 Successful ASEAN Enterprise Entering China”were Vietnam Charoen Pokphand Group, Lao Brewery Co., Ltd, inzhou Development (Malaysia) Consortium Sdn. Bhd, and other 7 enterprises.

The awarded enterprises entering the other side are mainly related to the fields of manufacturing, animal husbandry, service industry, industrial park construction and so on. These enterprises not only did well in seizing business opportunities, innovative management and making unremitting progress, but also made positive contributions to promoting the development of local economy and society, protecting environment, actively participating in public welfare undertakings, and fulfilling their social responsibilities, thus setting up good images and winning over locals’ praises and recognition.

Chinese Enterprise Chambers & Associations have been set in ten ASEAN countries by Chinese enterprises, and have a positive influence on Chinese enterprises for better development. And Business Association of China in Vietnam and China Enterprises Association (Singapore) were awarded as the“2016 Successful Chinese Enterprise Chambers & Associations in ASEAN Countries”.

Rowel Barba, the Undersecretary of Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of the Philippines, talked that the annual award ceremony for successful enterprises of both sides is beneficial to promote two-way investment, and that China-ASEAN Business Council who is the organizer of the Activity has carried out a lot of practical work to enhance enterprise cooperation when speaking with reporters. Since the new president of Philippines took the official post in 2016, the Executive President of CABC Xu Ningning has led two business delegation of large scale to visit Philippines successively to discuss concrete cooperation projects.

Soegeng Rahardjo, Ambassador of Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, said that in the coming year Embassy of Republic of Indonesia will further enhance the cooperation with China-ASEAN Business Council to promote more Chinese enterprises to invest in Indonesia.

China-ASEAN Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities Coexist in 2017

Xu Ningning, the Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council (CABC), said that the year 2016 was the 25th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue partnership between China and ASEAN, and the bilateral trade volume in 2016 has increased by nearly 60 times compared with that of the year 1991. However, the bilateral trade volume declined in 2016 impacted by the current world economy’s slow growth and other factors. The targeted trade development goal set by China and ASEAN is to reach one trillion USD by 2020, that is, the trade volume in next four years is supposed to be doubled or more compared with 451.8 billion USD in 2016. In this regard, we need to promote cooperation by our own efforts rather than rely on the appearance of world economy’s rapid growth.

Xu Ningning stressed that the two sides should exactly know the importance and urgency of cooperation, share complementary advantages and take active actions. ASEAN Economic Community has been in continuous improvement since its completion, which makes ASEAN economy continue to grow. China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is benefiting and will further benefit the mutual cooperation and common development. China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) is upgrading and bringing more favorable conditions for the cooperation between two sides’ enterprises. Besides, the Joint Statement on China-ASEAN Capacity Cooperation issued in China-ASEAN Leaders Meeting held in September 2016 pushed the industry cooperation between two sides into a new stage and brought the economic and trade cooperation between two sides new life.

Ten ASEAN countries have ever jointly presented a Certificate of Honor “China-ASEAN Chief Business Expert”to Mr. Xu Ningning. Mr. Xu has engaged himself in promoting China-ASEAN economic and trade cooperation for 26 years, and published 20 economics works, such as China-ASEAN: Cooperation and Development, New Business Opportunities—Faith and Action etc.

As for China-ASEAN cooperation in 2017 and in the future years, Executive President Xu Ningning proposed three suggestions: firstly, both sides should well implement the consensus that has been reached and continuously expand new consensus to jointly promote the process of regional economic integration, thus further jointly promoting the construction of Maritime Silk Road on the basis of co-discussion, co-construction and co-sharing; secondly, the cooperation between two sides should be implemented more carefully and practically, including speeding up the improvement of the existing cooperation mechanisms for a better role, enriching the concrete contents of the industry cooperation, and well docking the key point to improve the efficiency of cooperation; thirdly, entrepreneurs of both sides should not only actively seize the favorable cooperation situation to develop cooperation by making best use of the advantages and bypassing the disadvantages, but also give full play to their creativity and vitality in regional economic cooperation.

Xu Ningning mentioned that the year 2017 was the China-ASEAN Tourism Cooperation Year, and that there was a broad space for cooperation in the field of tourism. Strengthening both sides’ tourism cooperation not only can promote the development of tourism economy, but also can help to promote mutual understanding among the public.

In the end, Xu Ningning said that China and ASEAN bordered with each other with cooperative location advantage, formed traditional friendship of a long history based on the Maritime Silk Road built by our ancestors thousands of years ago, laid a solid foundation for cooperation and development because of 25-year dialogue partnership, presented strong complementarity and vitality in economic and trade cooperation, enjoyed convenient mutually-open market policies brought by China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA), and faced the same realistic demand for enhancing cooperation and mutually-beneficial development. Hence, let us work hand in hand to seek common development in the new year!

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