Close ties with China help boost ASEAN’s economic development: Indonesian entrepreneur – Xinhua

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Photo taken on Sept. 2, 2022 shows a high-speed electric passenger train, made in China and customized for the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed ​​Railway, being unloaded from a ship at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Xinhua/Xu Qin)

General Chairman of the Indonesian Chinese Entrepreneurs Association, Abdul Alek Soelystio, said he believes China has effectively promoted ASEAN’s economic development through the Belt and Road Initiative. global cooperation on industrial chain and supply chain, as well as various favorable policies provided by the Free China-ASEAN Agreement. Commercial zone.

JAKARTA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) jointly announced in November last year that they would elevate their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership and ASEAN’s close ties with China have effectively promoted the bloc’s economic development, an Indonesian entrepreneur said.

In a recent interview with Xinhua, the General Chairman of the Indonesian Chinese Entrepreneurs Association, Abdul Alek Soelystio, said the China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership represents closer, higher-level and far-reaching cooperation between the two parts.

General Chairman of the Indonesian Chinese Entrepreneurs Association Abdul Alek Soelystio receives an interview with Xinhua in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Qin)

“The cooperation between China and ASEAN will not be limited to the field of trade in goods, and will be extended to closer and more professional cooperation on trade in services in the future,” said the entrepreneur.

He said China has effectively promoted ASEAN’s economic development through the Belt and Road Initiative, global industrial and supply chain cooperation, and various favorable policies provided. through the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTZ).

Having advantages in the development of tropical agriculture, ASEAN hopes to conduct deeper cooperation with China in this field to promote fine processing of products, as well as the efficiency of international logistics and distribution. of the cold chain, he said.

Aerial photo taken on Aug. 14, 2022 shows a rail freight center in Pingxiang City, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Launched in 2017, the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor is a trade and logistics passage jointly built by western China’s provincial regions and ASEAN members. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Welcoming the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which came into effect at the beginning of this year, he said that RCEP is able to integrate funds, resources, professional technologies and services, which contributes to form the complete circulation and ecosystem of the regional economy. Cooperation.

“We expect RCEP to advance the sustainable development of the regional economy and provide stability and order amidst global uncertainties,” he said.

It is the aspiration of the ASEAN people that ASEAN and China unite to pursue development and achieve common prosperity, he added.

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