ASEAN, China boost people-to-people friendship
Strengthening ASEAN-Chinese relations is not only beneficial to peace and prosperity in Southeast Asia, also contributing to peace, stability and development of countries in the region, he noted.
According to Nhan, since its membership in 1995, Viet Nam has always been an active and responsible member of the association and has been successful in the role of coordinator for the ASEAN-China relationship during the 2009-2012 period.Viet Nam will continue working with other ASEAN countries and China to foster friendship and cooperation between both sides in all fields.
Delivering a speech at the two-day conference, themed "Solidarity, Friendship, Cooperation and Development", President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and head of the Vietnamese delegation, Vu Xuan Hong, believed that the forum was an excellent opportunity for participants to exchange experience and strengthen bilateral or multilateral people to people friendships.
He stated that the Viet Nam-China Friendship Association and the Viet Nam-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation Association will jointly organise more people to people exchanges, contributing to build a strong, united and closely-connected ASEAN community.
Gu Xiulian, president of the China-ASEAN Association, and head of the Chinese delegation to the conference, stressed that in its external policies, China attaches importance to developing relations with neighboring countries, including ASEAN nations.
In the new development stage, the China-ASEAN Association will join hands with countries’ friendship organisations in building a harmonious, peaceful and stable Asia for mutual development, and raising the friendship and cooperation between China and ASEAN to a new level, she said.