Jakarta, 22 June 2023 (TDI): The Jakarta Forum on ASEAN-China Relations, commemorating the 20th Anniversary of China’s Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.
It is co-hosted by the Chinese Mission and Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, commenced on 22 June with enthusiasm.
The Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, delivered a compelling keynote speech at the event, highlighting the significance of this milestone.
In a congratulatory message, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang expressed warm felicitations to the Jakarta Forum on ASEAN-China Relations, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of China’s Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.
The State Councilor acknowledged the tremendous progress made in China-ASEAN relations over the past two decades, emphasizing the establishment of a strategic partnership between China and ASEAN as a monumental achievement.
This partnership has not only elevated bilateral ties but has also contributed to regional peace, stability, and prosperity.
Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN Hou Yanqi also thanked keynote speakers of the event and added that TAC has delivered and still has the potential to serve as a building block of a peaceful and secure region.
China’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia on October 8, 2003, holds immense historical significance. As the first major country to join the TAC and establish a strategic partnership with ASEAN, China has paved the way for robust cooperation between the two entities.
President Xi Jinping’s vision of fostering a closer China-ASEAN community with a shared future has been instrumental in shaping the vibrant and productive cooperation witnessed over the last decade. This collaboration has effectively bolstered peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Recognizing the ASEAN’s unparalleled success as a regional cooperation organization, China firmly supports ASEAN unity and the ongoing efforts towards ASEAN Community building.
China also upholds the principles of the TAC, the UN Charter, the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, and the Bandung Spirit. By adhering to true multilateralism and safeguarding regional rules and order, China is committed to preserving the hard-won peace and development in the region.
The establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership between China and ASEAN in November 2021 further signifies their shared goals. President Xi Jinping’s vision for a peaceful, safe, secure, prosperous, beautiful, and amicable home has set the course for the future of China-ASEAN relations.