Premier calls for more vaccine aid to ASEAN

Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Tuesday to offer more aid in COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and make joint efforts to improve its early warning and emergency response capacity.
While addressing the annual China-ASEAN leaders' meeting via video link, Li urged both sides to step up policy dialogue and coordination in fighting the pandemic and to jointly build a health shield against the virus.
He proposed the building of a China-ASEAN cooperation center for public health science and technology to further empower public health cooperation.
The meeting, co-chaired by Li and Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, adopted two documents-a joint declaration on supporting the ASEAN comprehensive economic recovery framework and another on enhancing bilateral cooperation in green and sustainable development.
The premier made a six-point proposal to enhance future cooperation. He highlighted the need for deeper economic integration, saying that both sides should enable the early enacting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a trade pact signed between the bloc, China and four other countries.
Beijing will work with ASEAN to research the possibility of upgrading the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, and the nation hopes to obtain support from ASEAN in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, he said.
Trading partner
In the first three quarters of this year, ASEAN continued to be China's largest trading partner, with bilateral trade reaching 4.08 trillion yuan ($639 billion), up 21.1 percent year-on-year.
To promote inclusive growth, Li called for quicker steps in building an economic partnership and enhancing international development cooperation.
The two sides should explore cooperation in industry design and complete the drafting of the action plan on implementing their bilateral digital economic partnership at an early date, he said.
He called for full implementation of a bilateral strategy and action framework on e

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