The Governor of Yunnan Province of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Li Jiheng called on the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh yesterday at the ASEAN Secretariat to exchange views on how the Yunnan Province could further strengthen its relations with ASEAN.

Governor Li Jiheng highlighted trade and investment, connectivity, agriculture, aviation, environmental protection, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges as possible areas for cooperation. He also stressed the importance of strengthening connectivity between ASEAN and the Yunnan Province and looked forward to the completion of Singapore-Kunming Rail Link (SKRL) and North-South Economic Corridor, including the Highway Network from Bangkok to Kunming.

In welcoming Governor Li Jiheng and his delegation to the ASEAN Secretariat, SG Minh appreciated the commitment of the Yunnan Province to deepen its cooperation with ASEAN. SG Minh also suggested that the Yunnan Province explore cooperation with ASEAN in the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as support the Initiative of ASEAN Integration (IAI), an initiative of ASEAN with the objective of accelerating economic integration of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV), which are neighbouring countries of the Yunnan Province.