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Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Attends the Flag Raising Ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Day 2019

2019/08/08

On August 8, 2019, Committee of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Beijing held the ASEAN Day 2019 flag raising ceremony at the Thai Embassy in China. Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong attended and addressed the event at invitation.

Chen Xiaodong expressed congratulations to the ASEAN on the 52nd anniversary of its founding. He said that the ASEAN has boosted the economic growth and social progress of the member states, and has also played an important role in safeguarding regional peace and stability. The Foreign Ministers' Meeting on East Asia Cooperation has just been successfully concluded in Thailand, during which all parties reached consensus of various aspects on deepening China-ASEAN relations and East Asian regional cooperation. The Chinese side attaches great importance to China-ASEAN relations and will continue to prioritize the ASEAN in its neighborhood diplomacy. China will, as always, support the ASEAN integration process, support the ASEAN centrality and is willing to work with the ASEAN to further enhance mutual trust, tap into potential, build a higher-standard strategic partnership and a closer community with a shared future.

Ambassadors of the ASEAN members and diplomatic envoys of ASEAN dialogue partners to China and representatives from organizations including the ASEAN-China Center attended the event.

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