【ASEAN Special Line】(The 20th East Expo) China-ASEAN cooperation upgrades "intelligence"

Nanning, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- China-ASEAN cooperation has upgraded its "wisdom."

Written by Feng Shumin, Zhang Wenxi

The first all-sea deep-manned submersible "Striver" developed by China, the unmanned cableless underwater robot "Wukong" that set the AUV diving world record, and the Yifei III UAV... At the 20th China-ASEAN Expo (hereinafter referred to as the East Expo), a number of "hardcore" exhibits were very "eye-catching". In the ASEAN countries pavilion of the East Expo, the booths of ASEAN characteristic agricultural products such as coffee, rice, and durian are still popular. The East Expo was held in Nanning from the 16th to the 19th.

From the traditional economic fields represented by agriculture, goods and services to the digital and green emerging economic fields, and from the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area Version 1.0 to the 3.0 version, the multi-field cooperation between China and ASEAN is further deepening and upgrading.

On September 9, the 16th China-ASEAN Expo was held in Nanning, Guangxi, and durians from ASEAN countries attracted visitors. Photo by China News Agency reporter Chen Guanyan

Agricultural products open the door to bilateral cooperation

In November 2002, China and ASEAN signed a framework agreement on comprehensive economic cooperation to start the construction of a free trade area (hereinafter referred to as the free trade zone), and since then, bilateral agreements on goods, services and investment have been signed one after another, and 11 agricultural products under the "early harvest" plan of the free trade area took the lead in achieving zero tariffs in 500.

Since the successful holding of the first East Expo in 2004, ASEAN specialties including fruits, rice and coffee have entered the Chinese market continuously, enriching the tables of the Chinese people.

Chinese statistics show that bilateral trade between China and ASEAN has increased from more than US$2004 billion in 1000 to more than US$2022 billion in 9700. China has remained ASEAN's largest trading partner for 14 consecutive years, and ASEAN has become China's largest trading partner for three consecutive years.

The upgrading of the consumption of agricultural products has promoted the construction and opening of infrastructure such as new international land-sea trade channels and China-Laos railways. "This shows that the two sides have gradually developed from the most basic and original agricultural cooperation to cooperation in science and technology and infrastructure construction, and are moving towards all-round economic integration." Zhuang Guotu, a scholar of Bagui of Guangxi University for Nationalities and president of the China Society for Southeast Asia, said in an interview with a reporter from the China News Agency.

On September 9, at the 18th China-ASEAN Expo, the unmanned cableless underwater robot "Wukong", which set the AUV world record for diving depth, attracted the public to visit and understand. Photo by Yu Jing, reporter of the China News Agency

"Digital Intelligent Manufacturing" activates new momentum for cooperation

The proposal of the "Belt and Road" initiative has injected new momentum into China-ASEAN regional economic integration and cooperation. As one of the landmark projects for the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the construction of a China-ASEAN community with a shared future, the China-ASEAN Information Port has achieved remarkable results in the construction of the China-ASEAN Information Port under the promotion of all parties.

According to the relevant person in charge of China-ASEAN Information Port Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as China Dongxin), at present, focusing on the five major platforms of infrastructure, economic and trade services, technical cooperation, information sharing and people-to-people exchanges, China Dongxin has built a number of platforms to serve cross-border cooperation between China and ASEAN, and has landed nearly 20 digital economy cooperation projects in the ASEAN region, involving digital government, digital enterprises, digital industries, new communications and other fields.

At this year's East Expo, China Dongxin showcased its digital products such as the Civil Service Collaborative Office Platform (Gchat) built by it and its Lao partners for the Lao government, as well as the China-ASEAN Business and Trade Connect, a comprehensive cross-border trade service platform, and the China-ASEAN Cross-border Credit Information Service Platform.

"ASEAN countries are paying more and more attention to the promotion of new business formats." Ge Hongliang, deputy dean of the ASEAN College of Guangxi University for Nationalities, believes that in order for China and ASEAN to cultivate new economic growth points, the cooperation between the two sides must inevitably target the scientific and technological fields that have a driving force for the industry.

On September 9, at the 18th China-ASEAN Expo, the first all-sea deep-manned submersible "Striver" developed by China attracted the public's experience. Photo by Yu Jing, reporter of the China News Agency

The free trade zone version 3.0 promotes high-quality development

China and ASEAN are actively promoting the FTA version 3.0 negotiations, seeking to deepen cooperation in the fields of digital economy, green economy and supply chain connectivity, and comprehensively enhance the level of China-ASEAN economic and trade system opening-up.

In fact, China and ASEAN are promoting high-quality development through cooperation in science and technology innovation. "Made in China" such as the Yawan high-speed railway, the China-Laos railway, and the China-Thailand railway have been put into operation or stepped up construction, and Beidou satellites are empowering thousands of industries in ASEAN countries. "Based on the idea of mutual benefit and win-win, China is not stingy in exporting high-tech technology to Southeast Asia." Ge Hongliang said.

"The cooperation between China and ASEAN in the field of science and technology innovation not only reflects the goodwill and mutual trust between the two sides, but also contributes to the people-to-people bond between the two sides." Zhuang Guotu believes that improving the level of cooperation at the industrial and technological levels is the basic guarantee for the lasting cooperation between China and ASEAN, and the sharing of high technology is the basis for ensuring and enhancing the cooperation between the two sides, which will open up a higher level and broader cooperation space for the two sides. (End)