Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Le Luong Minh is paying an official visit to China from October 16-19 at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

At a press conference on October 16, Minh stressed that the ASEAN-China partnership is among the most dynamic and fast-growing relationships in the world.

China is the bloc’s biggest trade partner and direct investment resource, with bilateral ties rapidly developing in all areas, he added.

During the ASEAN-China Summit in Brunei on October 9, the two sides’ leaders reached a consensus on upholding their strategic partnership, and numerous specific goals to promote the bilateral ties.

As for their economic and trade relations, ASEAN and China hope to increase two-way trade turnover to 500 billion USD in 2015 and double this in 2020. China pledged 15,000 scholarships for ASEAN citizens to study in the country.

An ASEAN-China Defence Ministerial Meeting was also proposed to be held in the coming time to further strengthen the two sides’ defence cooperation.

The two sides chose 2014 as the ASEAN-China cultural exchange year.-VNA