Beijing, 21 August 2011

The Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) is now on a week-long working visit to China from today until 27 August. The Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for Political Security Community, H.E. Sayakane Sisouvong, also joined the visit. They were invited to China by H.E. Mdm Tong Xiaoling, Ambassador of China to ASEAN.

The CPR’s visit to China is one of the activities lined-up this year to celebrate the 20 years of ASEAN-China dialogue relations. While in China, the CPR will travel to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou and Yiwu to meet high-ranking officials for discussions and exchange views on ways to further deepen ASEAN-China dialogue relations.

During the visit, the CPR will also meet officials and members of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the leaders of the Zheijang province and the Tianjin and Yiwu municipalities, as well as interacting with leading think tanks in China. In addition, a visit to the Yiwu Small Commodity International Trade Centre is also being planned while visits are also being arranged to several trade and financial zones in the municipality of Tianjin.

The CPR will also visit the ASEAN-China Centre in Beijing, a one-stop information and activities centre that aims to promote the active involvement of the private sector in ASEAN-China cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, education, and culture. The Centre will be officially inaugurated during the 14th ASEAN-China Summit in November this year in Bali by the Leaders of ASEAN and China.

The visit coincides with the convening of the ASEAN-China Strategic Seminar on Connectivity which the CPR will attend.