On 22 April 2017, Mr. Yang Wenbin, Vice Mayor of Nanchang, met with China-ASEAN Media Delegation. H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), Mme. Zhao Jun, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of China Report Magazine, Mr. Lin Dajian, Director of International Publicity Division of Publicity Department of Jiangxi Provincial Party Committee, Mr. Liu Li, Deputy Director of Publicity Department of Nanchang Municipal Party Committee, and Mr. Vithit Powattanasuk, Director of Information and Public Relations Division of ACC, attended the event.
Vice Mayor Yang introduced Nanchang’s historical and cultural traditions, socio-economic development, and achievements in cooperation with ASEAN countries. He presented that Nanchang, as the political, economic and cultural centre of Jiangxi, is a historical and cultural city with over 2,200 thousand years’ history, sound ecological environment, and large number of professionals. In recent years, Nanchang has achieved rapid economic development and formed modernised high-tech industries covering vehicle, terminal mobile, LED display screen, aviation and biomedicine. Nanchang, as the only capital near Yangtze River Delta city cluster and Pearl River Delta city cluster, possesses unique geographical advantages in the Belt and Road Initiative, as a result of which, Nanchang’s trade and cooperation with ASEAN countries are continuously enhanced. In 2014, Nanchang enterprises established 8 sub-companies in ASEAN countries. In 2016, the total import and export trade volume between Nanchang and ASEAN countries exceeded 1.05 billion USD.
Vice Mayor Yang also opined that Nanchang would actively involve itself in jointly building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, make better use of its advantages, and thoroughly implement the ideas of “inner connectivity, interconnectivity, joint contribution, shared benefits” to enhance exchanges and cooperation with ASEAN countries. He welcomed ASEAN peoples to visit Nanchang for sightseeing, investing, and starting business. He also hoped that the ASEAN journalists would convey positive and friendly messages to ASEAN people and facilitate Nanchang’s efforts to forge sister-city relations and promote exchanges and cooperation with ASEAN countries.
ASEAN journalists interviewed Vice Mayor Yang on Nanchang’s role in building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Nanchang’s investment and cooperation projects in ASEAN countries, and Nanchang’s policies for encouraging private enterprises to enter ASEAN market.
The journalists of Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, China Central Television, China Radio International, China Daily, China Jiangxi Website, Nanchang Daily, Nanchang Radio and Nanchang News Website also joined the event.