On 3 June 2021, Mr. Sun Wei, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Gansu Provincial Committee, met with a delegation of diplomats and Beijing correspondents from ASEAN Member States (AMS). The delegation was led by Mr. Chen Dehai, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC). It includesdiplomats from seven AMS including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as Beijing-based journalists from Indonesia, Malaysiaand Viet Nam. Ms. Zhao Jun, Editor-in-Chief of ChinaReport Press, Mr. Wang Chunjiang, Deputy Secretary-General of the CPC Gansu Provincial Committee,Mr. Guo Jinshi, Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Gansu Provincial Committee and Director-General of the Information Office of the People’s Government of Gansu Province, Mr. Zhang Yonghong, Deputy Director-Generalofthe Department of Commerce of Gansu Province, Mr. Wan Xueke, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Gansu Province, Mr. Ma Cong, Deputy Director-General of Foreign Affairs Office of Gansu Province, Mr. Li Yumin, Vice President of Lanzhou University, and Mr. Arianto Surojo, Director ofthe Information and Public Relations Division at ACC, attended the meeting..
Mr. Sun Wei welcomed the delegation on behalf of the Gansu Provincial Government and thanked ACC and the AMS embassies and media in China for their strong support for Gansu's economic and social development and opening-up. He said Gansu,located at aprime location alongthe ancient Silk Roads,is a large province in western Chinawith a long history and rich culture, a vast and diverse geography, and a broad and promising development prospect. At present, Gansu is focusing on the construction of the southbound corridor and actively promoting cooperation with AMS in trade and investment. Gansu looks forward to working with AMS to further elaborate the strengths and advantages of the province, strengthen mutual cooperation and achieve mutual benefits. The delegation's visit to Gansu is an important step to enhancerelationship between Gansu and ASEAN. He hopes that the delegation will further reinforce its understanding of Gansu and actively promote and publicizethe province, so that itcan play a greater role in the development of ASEAN-China relations.
Mr. Chen Dehai expressed his gratitude to the provincial government and cities of Gansu for the thoughtful arrangements made for the visit. He briefly introduced the achievements of ASEAN-China relations. He said the 2021 ASEAN-China Media Cooperation Forum recently held in Beijing had created a good atmosphere for deepeningASEAN-China relations. The"MogaoCaves Meet Angkor Wat"cultural exhibition held during the forum was a highlight. With its rich historical and cultural resources, Gansu Province is gaining momentum and playing an increasingly prominent role in the Beltand Road international cooperation.The friendship between Gansu and ASEAN continues to grow, with both sides deepening economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges through platforms such as the China Lanzhou Investment and Trade Fair and the Silk Road (Dunhuang) International Cultural Expo. As always, ACC will actively contribute to the development of cooperation between Gansu and ASEAN. He hopes that through this event, ASEAN friends can better perceive, understand and publicize Gansu, and further promote cooperation between Gansu and AMS in various fields.
Mr. Chern Lea Keong, Minister Counsellor of the Malaysian Embassy in China,expressed his gratitude on behalf of the AMS embassiesto ACC, the China International Publishing Group (CIPG) and Gansu Province for organizing the visit. He said 2021marks the 30th anniversary ofASEAN-China dialogue relations and the ASEAN-China Year of Sustainable Development Cooperation. This year will certainly open a new phase in the development of relations between the two sides. Facing the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN and Chinastick together, which fully proves a Malaysian proverb meaningclimbing the hill together and going down the ravine together. It is believed that this visit to Gansu, with the theme of "Sustainable Development and Cultural Diversity", will further promote social, economic and cultural exchanges between ASEAN and China and foster new developments in their relationship.
This year is the fourth consecutive year that ACC has organizedfamiliarization tripfor AMS diplomats andcorrespondents in China to visit provinces and cities outside of Beijing. During their stay in Gansu, the delegation will visit Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang. The trip is co-hosted by ACC and CIPG and organized by China Report Press underCIPG.