The launch ceremony for the ASEAN plus China, Japan and ROK Culture Cities Network was held on Oct 25 in Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu province.
More than 200 guests including representatives of the Culture Cities of East Asia from China, Japan and Republic of Korea, and cultural officials of the ASEAN Cities of Culture from ASEAN countries, officials from the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat and the ASEAN China Center, as well as diplomats from these countries' embassies in China.
Li Jinzao, vice minister of China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, addressed the ceremony, saying that establishing the ASEAN plus China, Japan and ROK Culture Cities Network is an important part of the 21st ASEAN plus China, Japan and ROK Summit in cultural exchanges and a further step to strengthen exchange and cooperation among culture cities in China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN countries.
"It is also a crucial measure to help tap into the potential for long-term partnerships between China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN countries, and to promote regional cooperation in cultural fields," he added.
Li hoped that the Culture Cities of East Asia and the ASEAN Cities of Culture will take this opportunity to conduct more sustainable and fruitful exchanges and cooperation.
Representatives of the Culture Cities of East Asia and the ASEAN Cities of Culture all spoke highly of the establishment of the network. They hoped that through the newly-launched platform, exchanges and cooperation will be promoted among these countries.
Earlier this year, Yangzhou, a renowned cultural and historical city in China was elected 2020 Culture City of East Asia along with Suncheon, South Korea and Kitakyushu, Japan.
The launch ceremony for the ASEAN plus China, Japan and ROK Culture Cities Network is held on Oct 25 in Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu province. [Photo/ yznews.cn]