By Abu Hanifah, Li Xiaoyu
JAKARTA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Zhang Qiyue conveyed her government's congratulation on the 43rd anniversary of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday, pledging to continue efforts in developing free trade pact.
"We are sincere about the relationship with ASEAN and keep supporting the process of ASEAN Integration," Zhang told Xinhua at the sidelines of the anniversary celebration held at the ASEAN Secretariat here.
Zhang said that China's relationship with ASEAN has been improved rapidly in recent years, particularly this year with the implementation of ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
"Eight months after that, the world's largest free trade zone has show a great effect as the trade value between two sides hiked sharply. Both of us agreed that the free trade zone benefit both of us. Thus, ASEAN countries have given high appreciation on the zone," Zhang said.
The free trade pact took into effect since Jan. 1 this year.
Realizing that it requires more time for completion, she said that China and ASEAN are eager to do their bests to accelerate the construction of the economic architecture.
Besides that, Zhang also conveyed support on the integration of ASEAN members into a single community by 2015. "We will continue our acts in supporting ASEAN to complete its integration process," she added.
Meanwhile, ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan highly appreciated the supports from China in terms of the ASEAN Integration.