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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

First China Model ASEAN Meeting Programme Began in Guilin, China

Guilin, 27 September 2016 – The First China Model ASEAN Meeting was officially opened yesterday at Guangxi Normal University (GXNU) in Guilin, China. The First China Model ASEAN Meeting or shortened as the First CMAM involved participation of around 75 Chinese students from the GXNU and 30 students from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam studying at the GXNU and other universities in Guilin city. 12 teachers from the GXNU gave their dedications to oversee the participating students in preparing their participation in the CMAM. Not less than 20 observers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam attended the meeting.

The CMAM allows the ASEAN and Chinese students to interact with each other by role-playing ASEAN and China officials engaging in major ASEAN meetings and ASEAN Plus China mechanisms. They not only learn about the ASEAN and China relations, but they also acquire the skills in research and diplomatic communication.

The First CMAM brings the overall topic of “Hand-in-Hand Promoting Regional Cultural and Educational Exchanges” whereby the participating students are role-playing high level officials of ASEAN and China addressing issues from cross pillar perspective of economy, telecommunication and information technology, as well as education sectors.

The first CMAM is essential to promote a sense of belonging, good neighborliness and citizenship amongst all ASEAN members and China. It is a strategic activity to enhance cooperation and promote friendship among the young people from different ASEAN countries and China to deepen their understanding of China-ASEAN cooperation particularly in the field of education and cultural exchanges.

“The year 2016 is the Education Exchange Year between China and ASEAN marking the 25th anniversary of the China-ASEAN dialogue relation. I believe CMAM could serve as a friendly platform for intellectual youths to exchange knowledge, experiences, as well as discussing challenges and opportunities in promoting educational and cultural development in their respective countries and at the regional level,” says Elaine Tan, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation.

The First CMAM will end on 28 September 2016 with the signing of outcome documents at the simulation of Closing Ceremony of the ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN + China Summit.

The CMAM is organised by the GXNU supported by the United Nations Association of China (UNA – China), the ASEAN – China Center, Department of Education of Guangxi, and the ASEAN Foundation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN – China Dialogue Relations.