26th ASEAN-China Summit Generates Cooperation Agreements in Various Sectors
The 26th ASEAN-China Summit that was held on Wednesday (09/06) successfully generated some cooperation agreements in various sectors contained in six documents; two of which will be adopted and six will be kept as records.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi mentioned that the two documents to be adopted are the ASEAN-China Joint Statement on Mutually Beneficial Cooperation on ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) and ASEAN-China Joint Statement on Deepening Agricultural Cooperation.
The first document contained an agreement to further promote concrete cooperation in the implementation of AOIP in maritime sector, energy transition, infrastructure, smart cities, e-commerce, and Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMES).
“It is a gradual process, through communication and discussion with China, and finally we agree to establish cooperation between ASEAN and China in the implementation of AOIP. ASEAN also welcomes China’s support to the AOIP that emphasizes inclusive and concrete cooperation,” she said.
The second document contained an agreement to promote agricultural sector in order to strengthen food security.
“It contains a cooperation agreement on promoting agricultural sector as a new growth engine to strengthen food security,” Retno added.
In addition, the four documents that will be kept as records are as follows:
- ASEAN-China Action Plan on Green Agricultural Development, aims at increasing competitive values of ASEAN agricultural products in global supply chain;
- ASEAN-China Joint Initiative on Enhancing Cooperation on e-Commerce, aims at promoting cooperation in e-commerce to boost inclusive economic growth and reduce regional development inequality;
- Guidelines for Accelerating the Early Conclusion of an Effective and Substantive Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, aims at speeding up completion of code of conduct (COC) negotiation with fruitful and effective results; and
- Joint Initiative on Advancing the China-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Enhancing Program, aims at strengthening cooperation in transfer of technology and joint research on strategic issues such as the fourth industrial revolution, digital infrastructure, and clean energy.
(KS/BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/UN) (RAS/MMB)