On 1 December 2021, Mr. Chen Dehai, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), had an online meeting with Mr. Kunihiko Hirabayashi, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC). The two sides exchanged views on enhancing communication and deepening exchanges and cooperation among ACC, AJC and ASEAN Member States (AMS). Ms. Wang Hongliu, Director of the General Affairs and Coordination Division of ACC, Ms. Yuka Kubota, Senior Executive Officer, and Ms. Junko Nukiyama, Director of Office of the Secretary General of AJC, attended the meeting.
Mr. Chen Dehai congratulated Mr. Kunihiko Hirabayashi on his assumption as the Secretary-General of AJC. He said that the ASEAN Plus China, Japan and ROK (APT) Summit held in October 2021 set the direction for future cooperation among ACC, AJC and AKC. The three centres should work together to promote friendly exchanges among AMS, China, Japan and ROK, strengthen resilience and vitality of the regional economy, and make contribution to the control and prevention of the pandemic and the realisation of economic recovery.
Mr. Kunihiko Hirabayashi appreciated ACC’s contribution to actively promoting cooperation among the three centres and the invitation extended to AJC by ACC to various activities. He believed that under the new circumstances AJC and ACC should tackle the challenges together, jointly hold more exchanges and activities to deepen APT cooperation, thus promoting long-term stability and prosperity in East Asia.
The two sides also exchanged views on the agenda and cooperation proposals at the upcoming Tripartite Meeting among the Secretary-Generals of ACC, AJC and AKC.