On 7 February 2017, H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), exchanged views with H.E. Ms. Maria Hellen B. De La Vega, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines (DFA) in Manila. Mr. Porfirio M. Mayo, Director of the Office of ASEAN Affairs of DFA, Mr. Yu Jun, Director of the Political Section of Chinese Embassy in the Philippines, and Mr. Zhang Xuehai, Deputy Director of the Information and Public Relations Division of ACC, attended the meeting.
Secretary-General Yang Xiuping positively evaluated the fruitful outcomes of ASEAN -China cooperation, and briefed on ACC’s work in 2016, which marks the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations and the Educational Exchange Year. She said since its inception, ACC has fully played its role as a one-stop information and activities centre, actively implemented the consensus reached by the leaders of both sides, made steady progress in pushing forward friendly exchanges and cooperation in the area of trade, investment, education, culture, tourism as well as media and information. ACC has implemented over 100 flagship projects, and organized or participated in more than 500 activities. In 2017, which is the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and ASEAN-China Year of Tourism Cooperation, ACC would implement 19 flagship projects approved by the Joint Council of ACC. ACC is willing to enhance communication with the Philippines, the chair of ASEAN, and make concerted efforts to push forward the all-round and in-depth development of ASEAN-China and Philippines-China relations.
Assistant Secretary De La Vega commended ACC on the fruitful achievements of advancing ASEAN-China practical cooperation, and briefed on the work plan of the Philippines as the chair of ASEAN in 2017. She said the Philippines has kept close contact with ASEAN dialogue partners and listened extensively to suggestions from all parties. The theme for ASEAN 2017 is “Partnering for change, engaging the world”. Six priorities are highlighted such as people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN, inclusive innovation and growth, etc. Being committed to pushing forward ASEAN-China friendly exchanges and practical cooperation, ACC has held a series of meaningful and well-received activities. The Philippines would like to further enhance communication and coordination with ACC, and continue to advance practical cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, people-to-people exchanges, etc., and jointly support the development of sub-regional mechanisms such as BIMP-EAGA, in order to inject greater momentum into the development of ASEAN-China relations.
Both sides also exchanged views on activities to be held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, ASEAN-China Year of Tourism Cooperation, and ACC’s work plan in 2017.