On 18 May 2012, The First Meeting of the Joint Council of the ASEAN China Centre was held on 18 May 2011 at the ACC Secretariat in Beijing, China. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Kan Pharidh, Permanent Representative of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia and the Permanent Mission of Cambodia to ASEAN, and H.E. Mme Tong Xiaoling, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN. The Meeting was attended by officials from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and the ASEAN Secretariat.
In her opening remarks, the Co-Chair from China welcomed all the delegates and expressed her high hopes and expectations for the smooth going of the Centre, as an inter-governmental internaitonal organization in promoting ASEAN-China dialogue relations in the areas of trade, investment, educaiton, culture and tourism. She thanked the ASEAN CPR for their contribution to the setting up of the Centre and confirmed the Chinese government’s strong commitment to the Centre and cooperation with the ASEAN Member States in this regard.
The Co-Chair from ASEAN took note of the important role of the Centre in promoting ASEAN-China cooperation. He expressed his strong hope that through the various activities being carried out by the Secretariat, the Centre would make more contribution in further enhancing the ASEAN-China strategic partnership. He stated that as the Chair Country of ASEAN, Cambodia would work together with all the ASEAN Member States in deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation between ASEAN and China.