Jakarta, 27 November 2013 – ASEAN and China held a reception on November 25 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership. The reception was co-hosted by the Mission of China to ASEAN and the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN.
Speaking at the reception, Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh said that “2013 is a milestone in ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations….ASEAN-China relations have grown from strength to strength and have been expanded to cover a wide range of areas of political-security, economic and social-cultural cooperation, benefiting the peoples of ASEAN and China and contributing to the preservation and promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.”
According to Minh, the numerous commemorative activities carried out this year not only highlighted the importance of ASEAN-China partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the region but also helped to further enhance the friendship and cooperation between ASEAN and China.
Secretary-General Minh also expressed full confidence that with the momentum of the past decade and the commitment of the Leaders at the 16th ASEAN-China Summit to advance, enhance and deepen the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership, as well as with the determination and concrete actions of both sides, greater achievements will be recorded in the second decade of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership.
H.E. Suvat Chirapant, Permanent Representative of Thailand to ASEAN, highlighted the important progress and achievements made in ASEAN-China relations over the past decades. China has been ASEAN’s largest trading partner since 2009 while ASEAN is China’s third largest trading partner. “ASEAN-China special relationship also derives its strength from the common challenges that we have successfully overcame such as the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and the threat of SARS in 2003,” Ambassador Suvat emphasized. He cited the importance of accumulated mutual trust and confidence that enables ASEAN and China to manage the differences through dialogue and cooperation. Ambassador Suvat also reassured the commitment of Thailand as the Country Coordinator to do its best to work with ASEAN Member States and China to elevate ASEAN-China relations to a higher ground.
Ambassador of China to ASEAN, H.E. Yang Xiuping, emphasised the significance of 2013 as a special year in ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations. ASEAN and China have reviewed cooperation of the past 10 years and reaffirmed commitment to make even greater progress in the relationship. She recalled the decision of the 16th ASEAN-China Summit held last October where the Leaders of ASEAN and China unveiled future plans for the relations. Ambassador Yang stated Chinese leaders have proposed to establish a community of common destiny with ASEAN and the “2+7” cooperation framework for the next decade which makes ASEAN a priority in China’s diplomacy towards neighboring countries. Ambassador Yang further stressed that as China recently endorsed its plan for comprehensive deepening of China’s reform and ASEAN effort to develop its Post 2015 Vision, new opportunities will be awaiting and both sides need to continuously add more vitality to and bring ASEAN-China relations to an even brighter future.
The reception attracted a large attendance, including Minister of Law and Human Rights of Indonesia, H.E. Amir Syamsuddin, Ambassadors, diplomats, officials, representatives from business circles and media in Jakarta.