This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN.
Over the past 30 years, China-ASEAN relations enjoy sound and steady development, and pragmatic cooperation in various fields continues to advance.
China and ASEAN countries have stood together and supported each other through hard times.
Amid the prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks and the ensuing social and economic impacts, China has helped the ASEAN countries with their battle against the pandemic.
So far, China has provided ASEAN member states with over 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, a great number of emergency medical supplies and the support of medical teams.
In addition to the provision of vaccines, China has acted as a springboard for countries to speed up trade, investment, transport and tourism.
Meanwhile, trade between the two sides has been facilitated, with the launch of intelligent cross-border logistics platforms like this one in Pingxiang in China's Guangxi.
The platform currently serves China and ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.
According to China's official data, trade between China and ASEAN skyrocketed by 85 times to 684.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2020 from less than 8 billion U.S. dollars in 1991, making the two sides each other's largest trading partners.
China was also the first non-ASEAN member to complete ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) inked by 15 Asia-Pacific countries, including China and ASEAN's 10 member states in November last year.
Covering a region with a combined GDP of 26.2 trillion U.S. dollars, or about 30 percent of global GDP, RCEP is the world's largest free trade deal.
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The European Commission launched the call for proposals under the European Solidarity Corps for 2022, providing for the first time opportunities to contribute to humanitarian aid operations across the globe. This new strand of international projects is called the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps.
The call makes available almost €139 million to fund volunteering, youth-led solidarity projects, teams in high priority areas focussing on promoting healthy lifestyles and the preservation of cultural heritage, and the new European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps.
The European Solidarity Corps is open to young people between 18 and 30 for solidarity activities addressing societal challenges and between 18 and 35 for international humanitarian aid activities. Young people wishing to engage in European Solidarity Corps activities need to register in the European Solidarity Corps portal where they can browse and find organisations implementing projects. Groups of young people registered in the European Solidarity Corps Portal may also apply for funding for solidarity projects led by themselves.
Any public or private body may apply for funding to carry out activities under the European Solidarity Corps. Such organisations need to obtain a quality label, which certifies that they are able to carry out high quality solidarity activities in compliance with the principles, objectives and requirements of the programme. They can apply with the help of European Solidarity Corps National Agencies based in all EU Member States and third countries associated to the programme or of the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for centralised actions.
The call is open until 23 February for projects taking place the same year, and until 4 October for the ones in the following year.
The European Solidarity Corps is an EU programme for young people wishing to engage in solidarity activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping disadvantaged people to contributing to health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond. The total budget of the European Solidarity Corps programme for 2021-2027 is €1 billion.
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I welcome the plan to transfer the former President to the Gori Military Hospital as a place that meets all medical and security standards.
This decision fully responds to the request of the European Court of Human Rights, to which the former President agreed to end his hunger strike if transferred to a multidisciplinary clinic.
I also welcome Elene Khoshtaria's decision to end her hunger strike.
The readiness of the opposition to not hold protests in the vicinity of the clinic is important and the right thing to do, as is the decision of some parties to end their parliamentary boycott.
Today's decisions are steps forward that will ensure the peace of society and the stability of the country.