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ASEAN welcomes the development of China
The development of the PRC is beneficial to all ASEAN member countries. China and other states of Southeast Asia have a long history of economic and cultural relations, writes People's Daily. On the basis of the bilateral exchange of goods and cultural values, the idea of the Great Silk Sea Route of the XNUMXst century, which was voiced at the ASEAN summit in Myanmar, is based.
It is expected that by 2015, the volume of trade between the countries participating in the association will be $ 500 billion. The main focus is on developing China’s free economic zone and deepening bilateral ties in trade, economy, investment and others.
Also, the opening of the Great Silk Sea Route of the 21st century will promote the development of tourism between the states of South-East Asia. Among others, it is expected that such destinations as cruise tourism and independent travel will become very popular.
The current 2014 year is declared the Year of Cultural Exchange between the PRC and the ASEAN countries. A series of cultural events organized by both parties will be held throughout the year. The interaction of both parties will benefit more than 2 billion people in Southeast Asia, one third of the world's population.