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Li Qiang vows ‘practical’ cooperation with Asean in bid to reassure neighbours

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China’s Li Qiang vows ‘practical’ cooperation with Asean in bid to reassure region amid maritime disputes, US pressure

Chinese premier says Beijing hopes to advance talks on ‘free trade area version 3.0’ while meeting Southeast Asian leaders at business summitThe comments come amid persistent tensions over South China Sea claims and Washington’s renewed charm offensive in the regionChina-Asean relationsKinling Loin NanningPublished: 2:12pm, 17 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

China will pursue “practical” cooperation with Southeast Asia, Chinese Premier Li Qiang said on Sunday, seeking to reassure regional leaders of his country’s focus amid persistent territorial disputes and a reinvigorated US charm offensive.“When the world order and geopolitical conditions are unstable, honesty and faithfulness are especially precious,” Li said at the opening of the China-Asean Business and Investment Summit in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

He added that the most important thing for trade and economic cooperation was the trustworthiness of parties and whether the market policies and environment were “fair, stable, transparent and foreseeable”.

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“China has always treated counterparts wholeheartedly and with sincerity, and has been especially wholehearted to Asean countries,” he said.

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