ASEAN, Japan to promote bilateral cooperation

- Thursday, 09/03/2023, 15:57

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan will formally upgrade their ties to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” during a special summit in December commemorating their 50 years of friendship and cooperation, ASEAN Secretary-General Kao Kim Hourn has said.

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Source: VNA

(VNA) – The plan comes as the US and China have upgraded their ties with ASEAN to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2022 and in 2021, respectively.

"There has been a lot of discussions already (about the planned upgrade), and we expect it (during the special summit) in Tokyo in December," Kao told Kyodo news agency in an interview on  March 6.

According to the ASEAN chief, under the upgraded partnership, ASEAN is looking for strong cooperation in areas such as technological innovation, people-to-people contact and cultural collaboration.

He also hoped Japan will provide more scholarships for citizens of ASEAN member countries.