Tuesday, April 14, 2009

China offers funds to boost Asean

Chinese, Asean and other leaders had to be airlifted out of Thailand
China has unveiled plans to establish a $10bn (£6.8bn) investment fund for south-east Asian countries.

It has also offered credit of $15bn to the Association of South-East Asian Nations, or Asean.

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had planned to announce the fund at the cancelled Asean summit this weekend.

Asean was set up in 1967 in part to counter influence from communist China but has since become a vehicle for close ties.

The collapse of the Asean summit, scheduled in Pattaya, Thailand, this weekend, delayed the conclusion of a key investment agreement between China and the economic bloc.

That deal is intended to create the world's largest free trade area, covering nearly two-billion people.

Source: BBC NEWS

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