Fujian cements China-ASEAN ties through economic, cultural exchanges
The ASEAN-China Online Influencers Conference and Fujian Brands Promotion Tour along the Maritime Silk Road was held in Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian province, from Jan 11 to 13.
Officials and online influencers from both China and ASEAN countries were invited to the three-day event.
Guests visit Fuzhou Software Park on Jan 12. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
On the first two days of the event, guests visited Fuzhou Software Park and enterprises to learn about the emerging digital industries and innovative applications of cutting-edge digital technologies in Fujian as well as discuss the development of digital economy.
A guest learns how to make jasmine tea at Dazhong Teahouse on Jan 12. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
They also toured some cultural tourist attractions such as Fuway and the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys as well as experienced making jasmine tea and sampled fish balls, an iconic local delicacy.
Guests pose for a photo near the Chinese character "Fu", which means blessings, at the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
At the ASEAN-China Online Influencers Conference on Jan 13, guests carried out in-depth dialogues on China-ASEAN digital economic cooperation.
Djauhari Oratmangun, Indonesia's ambassador to China, emphasized that China and ASEAN have maintained a sustainable growth momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic, and China has become the biggest trading partner with ASEAN member countries.
"We should work to maintain the fruitful results of cooperation to achieve global economic recovery and strengthen global health governance," he added.
Guests take part in the interactive e-commerce live selling. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the China-ASEAN dialogue relations and the beginning of the China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership.
The event is essential for promoting the people-to-people connections between China and ASEAN countries and boosting China-ASEAN economic cooperation.
Moreover, as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement officially took effect on Jan 1, the proportion of zero-tariff products between China and ASEAN countries has increased significantly, which will spur the China-ASEAN trade growth.