On 15 October 2020, the 2020 Joint Executive Board (JEB) Meeting of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) was held at ACC Secretariat. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Tran Thanh Hai, Counsellor of the Embassy of Viet Nam in China, on behalf of the rotating chair of ASEAN and Mr. Liang Jianjun, Counsellor of Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Attendants included diplomats from embassies of ASEAN Member States in China, representatives of Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chinese Ministry of Education, Chinese Ministry of Commerce and other members of JEB China council, as well as officials of the ACC Secretariat.
The JEB members highly commended ACC’s great efforts and achievements in promoting friendly exchanges and practical cooperation in trade, investment, education, culture, tourism, information and media to echo the theme of ASEAN-China Year of Digital Economy Cooperation. In particular, ACC was acclaimed for its success in carrying out various activities amid the pandemic. All members looked forward to seeing ACC continue to play the role as a one-stop information and activities centre, implement important consensus between leaders of the two sides in the spirit of the “ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030”, and refine the 2021 work programme under the main theme of the year, so as to make new contributions to the development of ASEAN-China strategic partnership.
ACC Secretary-General Chen Dehai expressed appreciation to the JEB members for their long-standing support and contribution of new thoughts, new ideas and new suggestions to the work of ACC Secretariat. He said that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN and China have supported each other in the most trying of times, and stood at the forefront of the global anti-pandemic cooperation and economic recovery efforts. ACC has been seeking new pways to organise activities both online and offline, generating satisfactory outcomes. Looking ahead, in 2021, which marks the 30th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations and 10th anniversary of ACC, ACC is ready to work closely with all JEB members to fulfil various tasks as planned, and further deepen ASEAN-China friendly exchanges and practical cooperation across board, and take ASEAN-China relations to a new high.
The JEB members listened to the work report of ACC since the 2019 Joint Council Meeting, and deliberated on the ACC Draft Annual Report of 2020, ACC Draft Work Programme of 2021, Draft Proposed Budget of 2021 and other related matters. The above-mentioned documents will be submitted to the 2020 Joint Council Meeting of ACC for further consideration.