From January to September, the two-way trade volume reached 211.3 billion U.S. dollars, up 44 percent year-on-year, an eye-catching growth as the world economy just saw a turnaround after the financial crisis.
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the summit that cementing and reinforcing the China-ASEAN strategic partnership is in the common interests of the two sides.
"We will work with ASEAN to deepen mutually-beneficial cooperation, expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges, strengthen communication and coordination on major regional and international issues, promote sound and fast development in our respective countries, and contribute to peace, stability, development and prosperity of Asia," Jia said.
"We live at a time of accelerated adjustment in the international political and economic landscape and major opportunities in the development of Asia," Jia said. "The future and destiny of China and ASEAN countries are increasingly closely linked with each other."【1】 【2】 【3】