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Bilateral trade totalled 514.8 billion U.S. dollars last year, up 13.8 percent year on year, the fastest growth pace between China and any of its major trading partners.
China's exports to ASEAN countries reached 279.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, up 9 percent year on year, while imports grew 20 percent year-on-year to stand at 235.7 billion U.S. dollars.
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Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand were China's top trading partners in the region last year. Vietnam was China's biggest export destination while China imported more goods from Malaysia than other ASEAN countries.
China saw robust foreign trade in 2017, which ended the drops of the previous two years by gaining 14.2 percent year on year.
by Hummam Sheikh Ali
DAMASCUS, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Just days ahead of the Russian-backed Syrian talks in Sochi, the U.S. camp attempted to derail the Russian efforts to find a solution to Syria's long-standing conflict by shaking the ground ahead of the Russian-supported talks.
Russia has for some time been preparing for the Syrian talks in Sochi slated for 29-30 of this month, inviting 1 Cowboys Byron Jones Jersey ,600 people to the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi for the Congress of National Dialogue aimed at resolving the years-long crisis in the Arab country.
Last December, Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed to hold the congress in Sochi. At the time, the Syrian government was quick to accept to take part in the congress, which is expected to tackle issues such as the constitution and elections in Syria.
Ahead of Sochi Cowboys Maliek Collins Jersey , the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, called for a meeting in Vienna for the opposition and government sides to discuss constitutional issues.
On Jan. 18, De Mistura's deputy Ramzi Ezzedine Ramzi said during a visit to Damascus that the Syrian government had agreed to take part in the planned Syrian talks in Vienna, Austria.
Ramzi hoped for a positive engagement in the Vienna talks, linking the success of the Vienna talks with the success of the Sochi talks in Russia.
At the time Cowboys Jaylon Smith Jersey , observers in Damascus expressed worries about the sudden timing of Vienna talks just a couple of days ahead of Sochi, questioning the intentions of the Western backers of the Vienna meeting.
Sure enough, the delegations of the Syrian government and the opposition attended the Vienna talks mediated by De Mistura on Thursday and Friday, agreeing to nothing in that meeting but an alleged cease-fire in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus that was supposed to go into effect at midnight Saturday.
Several Arab media outlets have reported the cease-fire agreement, citing opposition figures. However, Damascus remained tight-lipped about the reports and activists reported shelling on Saturday and a wide-scale rebel offensive on Sunday against a key military base in Harasta city.
Moreover Cowboys Xavier Woods Jersey , the chief negotiator of the government delegation, Bashar al-Jaafari, said following the talks that his delegation has rejected a document presented by the group of five: the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan Cowboys Jourdan Lewis Jersey , and the United Kingdom.
The document was said to violate the Syrian people's right to self-determination and contradicts the UN Security Council resolution 2254.
According to media leaks, the document determines in advance the future of Syria as a state when it comes to the nature of the parliament and the powers of the president.
In response, Jaafari said that Damascus would not accept the paper as it undermines the Geneva process and Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi.
In remarks to reporters, Jaafari said the document presented by the Western countries and some of their Arab allies contradicts international resolutions and aims to undermine the Geneva talks and the Sochi Congress.
Jaafari said that it is no coincidence that the Vienna meeting coincided with the "leaking" or intentional distribution of an "informal paper" for the so-called revival of the political process in Geneva about Syria by representatives of five countries, "all of whom have been involved in shedding Syrian blood since the beginning of the crisis."
He went on to say that "this failed attempt" seeks to undermine the Geneva talks, the Sochi Congress Cowboys Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , and any prospects for the political solution in Syria because this is consistent with its authors' destructive policy in the region.
Osama Danura, a Syrian political expert, told Xinhua that the American side wanted to precede the Sochi congress by reshuffling the political and military cards to negatively impact the outcome of the Sochi congress.
The U.S. and its Western allies, as well as their Arab friends, have put forward the "informal document" that has a negative impact, because Cowboys Taco Charlton Jersey , on the legal part, it violates the international law in allowing the people to decide their political future and also undermines the sovereignty of the country.
"They wanted to apply their vision of the future of Syria and how the country will be ruled according to their own vision," Danura said, adding that such a vision encroaches upon the Syrian people's rights of determining the future of their country.
Danura also spoke about the timing of presenting this document in the Vienna talks, saying that "the sudden and out-of-context timing of the Vienna talks ahead of Sochi insinuates the American desire to hinder Sochi and reshuffle the political cards."
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