On 11 January 2017, H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), made a visit to Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province. During her visit, she met with Ms. Zhao Yanhong, Vice Mayor of Mile City. Mr. Wu Weidong, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Office of the Foreign Affairs Office of Yunnan Province, Mr. Liu Chunwen, Director of Legal Affairs Office of Mile City, Ms. Zhang Shouhui, Director of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Mile City, Mr. Zhang Xuehai, Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations Division of ACC, attended the meeting.
Secretary-General Yang Xiuping mentioned the development ASEAN-China relations and the work of ACC. She said that ACC is committed to promoting sub-national exchanges and cooperation and facilitating the all-round and multi-tiered cooperation between ASEAN and China. Yunnan Province enjoys close relations and productive cooperation with ASEAN countries and plays an important role in advancing ASEAN-China relations. It is hoped that Mile and other cities of Yunnan Province will leverage their unique strengths, actively engage in ASEAN-China cooperation and play an even bigger role in deepening the bilateral relations across the board. ACC is ready to provide support and assistance to this end.
Vice Mayor Zhao Yanhong said that Mile City has well-connected transportation network, a long history and culture, and multiple intangible cultural heritages of ethnic minority groups. Its GDP is one of the highest in Yunnan Province. Mile City hopes to maintain communication and contact with ACC to explore ways and means to strengthen exchanges with ASEAN countries.