ASEAN-China Economic Ministers’ Joint Statement on Combating the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Enhancing ACFTA Cooperation
ASEAN-China Economic Ministers' Joint Statement on Combating the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Enhancing ACFTA Cooperation
- (29 May 2020)
- 1. The ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) and the Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China recognize the tireless efforts and significant contributions made by organizations and individuals in response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic and reaffirm their commitment to work closely in the fight against this pandemic and its adverse impact on the trade and economy of their respective countries and the world at large. They call for joint efforts in mitigating the impact of the pandemic on global and regional trade and investment, restoring economic and trade confidence, as well as pursuing and securing sustainable and long-term growth of international trade and investment.
- 2. The Ministers are deeply saddened by the loss of many lives and the suffering caused by the pandemic. COVID-19 pandemic is a global issue that requires a coordinated global response; thus, as a regional response, ASEAN and China are partnering to enhance coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.