China asks ASEAN to maintain close ties after G-7 invitation

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China on Wednesday asked ASEAN to maintain their close bilateral relations, as the regional group has been formally invited to a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized countries for the first time. China believes the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will work together to advance a "comprehensive strategic partnership" and "respect each other's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters. His remarks came as Britain, which holds the forum's rotating presidency this year, has invited ASEAN countries t...

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