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Economic Watch: Upgraded China******
NANNING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- HF SPIRIT, a freighter sailing from Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, arrived at the Qinzhou Port in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Nov. 20, bringing five reefer containers filled with fresh fruit.。
"Indonesia's bananas, mangosteens, Thailand's coconuts, longan, durians and Vietnam's pitaya are the 'frequenters' on our ship," said Lu Xiaoshan, manager of the shipping department of the New Sitc International Shipping Agency (Shanghai) Co., Ltd's branch in Qinzhou.。
The company in recent years has constantly added new routes to member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) thanks to robust China-ASEAN trade, Lu added.。
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue relations between China and ASEAN. Over the past three decades, trade between China and ASEAN has skyrocketed by 85 times. Last year, China remained ASEAN's largest trading partner for 12 consecutive years, while ASEAN became China's largest trading partner.。
Since the implementation of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in 2010, the trade in goods and services between China and ASEAN has grown rapidly through the deep integration of industrial and value chains. Tariffs on 7,000 products have been scrapped under the CAFTA framework.。
On Monday, China and ASEAN jointly announced the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership -- a new milestone in the history of China-ASEAN relations -- to contribute further to the building of an open, inclusive and sustainable region that enjoys peace, security, prosperity and sustainable development.。
Wang Zhengbo, chief executive officer of Guangxi TWT Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd., is busy exploring new business opportunities recently by importing Cambodian tapioca, mango, rice and other agricultural products to China.。
Wang said that Cambodia's produce has advantages in quality and price. "The deepening of bilateral cooperation has made cross-border business much more convenient. Moreover, after learning that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement will soon take effect, two banks have proposed to provide financial support for our new business," said Wang, adding that the newly harvested Cambodian tapioca chips will soon depart for China.。
Initiated by the 10 ASEAN countries to establish a unified market by reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers, the RCEP will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and more than 90 percent of merchandise trade in the region will be eventually subject to zero tariffs.。
The RCEP includes 10 ASEAN members, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Australia and New Zealand. The 15 states' total population, gross domestic product and trade all account for about 30 percent of the world total.。
Do Nam Trung, consul general of Vietnam in Nanning, said that the signing of RCEP will greatly boost the development of economic globalization, and usher in a new era of economic and trade exchanges between ASEAN and China.。
RCEP is especially useful in reducing and removing trade obstacles, creating the world's largest common market, where goods and services could be more freely traded, thus accelerating the regional and world economic revivals, noted Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at Singapore Institute of International Affairs.。
"The China-ASEAN relationship has developed into the most successful and dynamic model of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region," said Zhai Kun, professor of the school of international studies at Peking University.。
"The upgrading of China-ASEAN bilateral relations will offer more cooperation options for regional and global governance, and to a large extent drive the progress of RCEP," Zhai added. Enditem。
Canada PM Trudeau says tests positive for Covid******
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19, while calling out truckers protesting against vaccine mandates.
"I feel well and have no symptoms," the 50-year-old premier told a news conference.
Trudeau had announced last week he was isolating after being exposed to the coronavirus. Two of his three children have also since tested positive, he said.
Trudeau, who received his third dose of the Covid vaccine in January, urged Canadians to get vaccinated and boosted, as the nation battles a rise in cases and hospitalizations due to the Omicron variant.
He will not be physically present for the return of parliament on Monday after a winter break, saying he would be "working remotely this week and keep following public health guidelines."
Outside parliament, a mass protest led by Canadian truckers opposed to vaccine mandates for crossing the Canada-US border continued for a third day.
The demonstration was much smaller than on the weekend when some 8,000 protestors, according to police, converged on the capital with horns blaring, clogging downtown streets and forcing closures of stores, schools and Covid vaccine clinics.
Trudeau defended the vaccination mandate, noting that 90 percent of drivers are already vaccinated.
"It is not by demonstrating against the pandemic but by getting vaccinated" that Canada will end public health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, he said.
The prime minister also condemned the actions of some protestors over the weekend, when demonstrators had propagated racist messages and flown Nazi flags, as well as danced and urinated on the National War Memorial. Some also reportedly forced a local soup kitchen to serve them meals intended for the homeless.
"We are not intimidated by those who hurl insults and abuse at small business workers and steal food from the homeless," Trudeau said.
"We won't give in to those who fly racist flags. We won't cave to those who engage in vandalism or dishonor the memory of our veterans."
Police have opened several criminal investigations into alleged threats and intimidation by protestors.
On Monday, a truck collided with a police barrier blocking access to the parliamentary precinct.
"There were no injuries and the situation was de-escalated," a police spokesperson told AFP.
The nation's most populous province of Ontario, where Trudeau lives in the capital Ottawa, is expected to start easing Covid restrictions from Monday, allowing restaurants, bars, sports venues and movie theaters to re-open.
Canada has recorded more than 2.9 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 33,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.