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Opening Ceremony of ASEAN-China Young Leaders’ Summit held in Beijing

SEP . 29 2021
Peking University, September 28, 2021: On 23 September, the ASEAN-China Young Leaders’ Summit (ACYLS), taking “Commemorating 30 Years of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations: Strengthening Partnerhsips for the Next Decade and Beyond” as the theme, held its opening ceremony in Beijing. Tran Duc Binh, deputy secretary-general of ASEAN, Deng Xijun, ambassador of China to ASEAN, Sun Qingwei, director of the PKU General Office, Qian Chengdan, dean of PKU Institute of Area Studies, and other scholars and officials, as well as nearly 200 students from China and ASEAN countries attended the opening ceremony.

In his opening speech, Sun Qingwei pointed out that Peking University has been committed to the research and practice of China-ASEAN relations. Peking University is also promoting educational communication between China and ASEAN through various projects, aiming to enhance mutual understanding between youth. He hopes that the youth can shoulder China-ASEAN communication through strengthening communication and seeking common ground in a complex international environment.

Sun Qingwei delivers his opening speech

As a diplomat, Tran Duc Binh reviewed China-ASEAN cooperation, and pointed out social economy, climate change, clean energy, and the digital economy as promising areas for exchange and mutual learning. To this end, he also hopes for the youth to contribute to regional prosperity and harmony.

In his video, Deng Xijun stressed the mutually beneficial nature of China-ASEAN relations in the past 30 years. As the future presents opportunities and challenges alike, he feels it necessary for China and ASEAN to expand cooperation.

Dr. Yang Mei Eng, executive director of ASEAN Foundation, emphasized the significance of the summit in enabling the youth to explore the future development of China-ASEAN cooperation.

Qian Chengdan’s speech adopted the angles of globalization and regional integration. He believes that regional integration has become a global trend amidst the pandemic, with East Asia growing in prominence. The youth are key to boosting China-ASEAN relations, and as such should step up in learning regional languages, establish systematical regional and global perspectives, and spearhead innovation while learning from the past.

Qian Chengdan delivers his speech

On the opening ceremony, student representatives from ASEAN countries and China participated in the lighting ceremony. 11 students pasted their flags on the map and lit up the map together, symbolizing the cooperation and prosperity of China and ASEAN. After the ceremony, the round table forum was launched to discuss future opportunities and challenges in China-ASEAN relations.

The 4-day summit will invite an estimated 140 students from universities in China and ASEAN countries to attend a series of meetings, dealing with significant issues such as the environment, transnational crime, food safety, biodiversity protection, and entrepreneurship.

Written by: Wang Yunlin
Edited by: Li Wanqi
Source: PKU News (Chinese)