On 25th March 2014, the 15th ASEAN-China Joint Cooperation Committee (ACJCC) Meeting was convened at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN, and H.E. Amb. Suvat Chirapant, Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN. Members of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN, delegates from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, the Export-Import Bank of China, China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center, China Foreign Affairs University were present. Mr. Ma Mingqiang, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) was invited to the Meeting to brief on the work of ACC.
Secretary-General Ma expressed appreciation for the active support of the ACC Members, and introduced the recent activities carried out by ACC in the fields of trade, investment, education, culture and tourism. Secretary-General Ma said that ACC has organized and attended several events under the framework of the 2014 China-ASEAN Cultural Exchange Year since January 2014 and received positive response. ACC will continue to explore more financing channels to launch more China-ASEAN cultural exchange activities. ACC expects the continuous support from its Members, especially that the approved ASEAN-China Cooperation Fund could be allocated to ACC soonest.
On the margin of the Meeting, Secretary-General Ma received an interview by Jakarta Globe, and attended the Opening Ceremony of Workshop on Initiative of China-Indonesia TVET Partnership. Furthermore, Secretary-General Ma extensively exchanged ideas on ASEAN-China cooperation with Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN, CPR Members, ASEAN Secretariat, as well as officials of the local government of North Sulawes of Indonesia.
Mr. Tri Purnajaya, Director of Education, Culture and Tourism Division, Development and Programme Planning Officer, Culture Officer of the ACC joined the related events.