On 7 February 2017, H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), met with H.E. Ms. Ana Maria P. Banaag, Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communication Operations Office of the Philippines (PCOO). Attended the meeting were officials from the Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Broadcasting Service, Philippine News Agency and Philippine TV, Ms. Li Lingxiao, Director of the Information and Public Diplomacy Section of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, and Mr. Zhang Xuehai, Deputy Director of Information and Public Relations Division of ACC.
Secretary-General Yang Xiuping spoke highly of the progress of ASEAN-China and Philippines-China relations, and congratulated Assistant Secretary Banaag on the positive outcomes of her visit with the Philippine media delegation to China in December 2016. She said that media plays an important bridging role in advancing inter-governmental relations, promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges. ACC attaches great importance to media cooperation and has organized mutual visits of mainstream media of ASEAN and China, held “Lecture Series by ASEAN and Chinese Ambassadors”, and conducted Microblog Interview Series of “Touring ASEAN with Diplomats”. By making full use of its Website, Microblog, Wechat, organizing photo exhibition, and compiling promotion materials, ACC has worked to raise the awareness of the fruitful results of ASEAN-China practical cooperation and enhanced the friendship between the people. The year of 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and ASEAN-China Year of Tourism Cooperation, ACC expects to enhance communication with PCOO, jointly implement relevant cooperative activities and make greater contributions to deepen ASEAN-China and Philippines-China media cooperation.
Assistant Secretary Banaag briefed on the mandate and work of PCOO. She said that with the Philippines assuming the rotating chair of ASEAN, PCOO will make greater efforts to reach out to the grassroots of the Philippines to raise the awareness of ASEAN Community among its people through broadcasting, TV, new media, etc.. PCOO would like to enhance practical cooperation with the State Council Information Office of China in areas such as training of media practitioners. She said the activities carried out by ACC are very impressive. PCOO would like to explore new cooperation projects with ACC in order to better publicize the achievements of the development of China and ASEAN-China relations.
Officials from the Philippine media sector introduced their work and cooperation with Chinese counterparts like Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television, China Radio International, etc., and expressed the desire to further expand cooperation and exchanges with Chinese media through the platform of ACC so as to jointly push forward the development of media of both sides.
After the meeting, Secretary-General Yang gave a joint interview to Philippine News Agency, Philippine TV on ASEAN-China cooperation, ACC’s work, etc.