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During a meeting last week, the leaders of China and the Philippines talked about strengthening cooperation in trade, infrastructure, energy and other areas while emphasizing that "maritime issues do not comprise the sum-total of relations." The two sides signed 14 bilateral agreements on issues related to the Belt and Road
China's Customs agency recently published regulatory requirements, as part of a domestic procedure that follows up on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) protocols signed between China and Laos, for cattle and tobacco leaves from Laos.
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith met and talked about trade, investment, and infrastructure, and signed over 20 cooperation documents in these areas.
China's Customs agency recently issued regulatory requirements for bananas from Indonesia, sweet potatoes from Vietnam, and aquatic products and peppercorns form Cambodia. This came after Chinese officials recently played up the trade relationship with ASEAN countries.
Chinese Leader Stresses Regional Integration in Recent Meetings, as U.S. Also Plays Up its Relations with the Region
In his recent meetings with leaders of ASEAN and eastern neighbors, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang emphasized the importance of regional integration and supply chains, making use of both current and proposed frameworks. This happened in the same week when the Biden administration also tried to elevate its relationship with countries