Beijing (VNA) – Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi received ambassadors of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to China in Beijing on October 29.

The Chinese official said China and ASEAN countries should make efforts to jointly address challenges, cooperate to uphold multilateralism, and coordinate to maintain regional peace.

For their part, the ambassadors said that ASEAN stands ready to maintain communication and work closely with China to ensure the success of the East Asian leaders’ meeting this year.

The two sides also agreed to enhance ties to explore ways to develop a “blue economic partnership”, strengthen cooperation in the digital economy and other fields, increase people-to-people exchanges, strive to finalise the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) within this year, and uphold multilateralism and free trade.

Founded in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam./.