Asean member state leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (5th from left) before the start of the Asean-China summit on November 14, 2018. Photo: AFP
Zha Daojiong
Opinion

Opinion

Zha Daojiong

For China, Asean is far more important than a mere ‘talking shop’

  • Economically, politically and strategically, the Southeast Asian bloc has provided China a valuable seat at the table of regional diplomacy since becoming dialogue partners in 1996 ... but they’ve had their ups and downs

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Asean member state leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (5th from left) before the start of the Asean-China summit on November 14, 2018. Photo: AFP
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