"ASEAN leaders have expressed their commitment to scrapping tariff and non-tariff barriers, strengthening digital trade, facing industrial revolution 4.0, increasing inter-ASEAN trade, and finalizing RCEP negotiations as well as the centrality and unity of ASEAN," Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto noted in a press statement released on Monday.
Suparmanto is on a visit to Bangkok to accompany President Joko Widodo for a series of meetings held on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit.
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The series of meetings, which started on November 2, included the 35th ASEAN Summit, 22nd ASEAN-China Summit, 16th ASEAN-India Summit, 10th ASEAN-UN Summit, and bilateral meeting between President Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit, the ASEAN and Chinese leaders held discussions on the main agenda in the economic field including commitment to bolstering trade and effectively implementing the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), especially the ACFTA Upgrading Protocol.
The ASEAN-China cooperation in 2020 focuses on digital economy and technology and commitment to encouraging the conclusion of RCEP negotiations.
"The ASEAN-China Summit lasted in a productive way, with the main agenda of cooperation in the trade sector, specifically strengthening the implementation of the ASEAN-CHINA FTA," the trade minister stated.
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