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News Analysis: 30 years on, China-ASEAN relationship grows closer, stronger: Cambodian academics

PHNOM PENH, June 7 (Xinhua) — Three decades on, the relationship between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has grown closer and stronger, bringing about numerous tangible benefits to both sides and their peoples, Cambodian academics said on Monday.

As 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between China and ASEAN, Joseph Matthews, a senior professor at the BELTEI International University in Phnom Penh, said over the past three decades, China-ASEAN relationship has become “closer and stronger.”

“The China-ASEAN dialogue relations have brought economic, social, technological, and infrastructural development to the region,” he told Xinhua. “Chinese initiatives such as the Belt and Road, connectivity, inclusive development, and poverty alleviation programs in the region are directly connected to the three decades of partnerships.”

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Matthews said China’s kind support for ASEAN to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is ….

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