Xi congratulates Duterte on ASEAN's 50th anniversary

China Central Television/Reuters

Posted at Aug 09 2017 01:19 AM

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, which is the rotating chair of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nations (ASEAN), on the 50th founding anniversary of the regional organization.

"On this occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN, I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people and in my own name, express warm congratulations to you, and through you, to the governments and peoples of the member states of ASEAN," Xi said in the message.

Since its establishment half a century ago, ASEAN has kept developing and enlarging itself, building itself into a community. It has played an important role in maintaining regional peace and stability, and has become a representative force for multi-polarization of the world, Xi said.

China wishes ASEAN to achieve new greater development in its construction as a community, make greater contribution to promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity, and bring more benefits to the peoples of all ASEAN member states, said the Chinese president.

Since the relationship of dialog was established between them in 1991, China and ASEAN have adhered to the theme of cooperation and development, ever strengthening mutual political trust, and yielding fruitful results from pragmatic cooperation, Xi said.

The China-ASEAN relationship has become the most dynamic and most profound one among ASEAN's relationships with dialog partners, he added.