Message from ACC Secretary-General Chen Dehai

Dear friends,

Welcome to ASEAN-China Centre website.

ASEAN and China are good neighbours, good friends and good partners, linked by mountains and rivers. Ever since the launch of ASEAN-China dialogue relations in 1991, especially since the establishment of strategic partnership in 2003, ASEAN-China cooperation has advanced in all dimensions, at all levels and in multiple areas. The two sides have deepened political trust and reaped rich fruits in practical cooperation across the board. Among ASEAN’s many dialogue partnerships, ASEAN plus China stands out as the most vibrant pair with the most substantial cooperation.

“Today, the development of both ASEAN and China has entered into a new era, and ASEAN-China relations embrace new opportunities and broad prospects. Both sides are taking this opportunity to enhance the coordination of development strategies, pursue the Belt and Road Initiative and deepen economic, trade, innovation, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation. In addition, both sides are striving to take ASEAN-China strategic partnership to a new level with the guidance of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030.”

In this context, as the inter-governmental organization co-founded by ASEAN Member States and China, ACC will redouble its efforts, forge ahead and fully harness its role as a one-stop information and activities centre to further promote friendly exchanges and cooperation between ASEAN and China in the areas of trade, investment, education, culture, tourism, and information and media. I hope that this website could serve as a window for you to learn more about ASEAN-China relations and to get familiar with ACC. Thank you once again for visiting us. We welcome and value your comments and suggestions.

Chen Dehai


ASEAN-China Centre

Curriculum Vitae of Chen Dehai

Mr. Chen Dehai, born in July 1964. Master of Arts in History.

1993-1997 Attaché, Third Secretary, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

1997-1999 Third Secretary, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the People's Republic of Bangladesh

1999-2001 Third Secretary, Second Secretary, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of the Philippines

2001-2007 Second Secretary, Deputy Director, Director, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

2007-2010 Counsellor, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand

2010-2013 Counsellor, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Malaysia

2013-2015 Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Qinzhou Municipal Committee, Vice Mayor, Qinzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

2015-2018 Consul General, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Ho Chi Minh City

2018- Secretary-General of ASEAN-China Centre

Married with one son.

Logo of ACC

Logo of ASEAN-China Centre is a circular emblem composed of patterns of the National Flag of China and the ASEAN Flag in the middle with a border decorated with sheaves of rice as well as the English and Chinese characters of ASEAN-China Centre. Red and yellow in large area in the logo symbolize auspiciousness and happiness, and the blue outer circle represents harmony and unity.

Our Organization

General Affairs and Coordination Division:

---to liaise with the Joint Council, the Joint Executive Board of ACC and related government agencies of ASEAN Member States and China;

---to develop annual plan of operation, work program and budget;

---to develop associates;

---to organize major events;

---to draft rules and regulations governing finance, staff and administrative affairs.

Trade and Investment Division:

---to undertake studies toward economic situation and laws of trade and investment in ASEAN and China, disseminate related information, and provide consulting service to investors and companies;

---to assist government agencies in promoting trade and investment facilitation and awareness of policies of ASEAN-China Free Trade Area;

---to monitor and survey market and investment environment, organize trade and investment fairs and exchange activities, introduce products and assist investors and companies in seeking business partners.

Education, Culture and Tourism Division:

---to undertake studies toward laws and regulations on education, culture and tourism, and provide consulting services;

---to promote setting up scholarships, education cooperation and cultural exchange activities;

---to organize tourism promotion activities in various manners.

Information and Public Relations Division:

--- to liaise with media from ASEAN countries and China;

---to increase public awareness of the Centre and its activities through publications, website, and PR activities;

---to arrange and manage Permanent Exhibition Hall;

---to maintain and update the official website of the Centre.

According to Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing the ASEAN-China Centre between the Governments of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Governments of ASEAN Member States and China agreed as follows:

Establishment and Location

1. The Contracting Parties shall hereby establish a one-stop information and activities centre known as the ASEAN-China Centre (hereinafter referred to as “the Centre”) to promote ASEAN-China cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, education and culture, with active involvement of the private sector. The Centre shall gradually expand to include a more comprehensive array of activities and participants.

2. The Centre shall be a non-profit organisation but be able to raise funds necessary for its operation.

3. The Headquarters of the Centre shall be located in Beijing. Its affiliated centres may be established in ASEAN Member States as well as other parts of China in the future.


The objectives of the Centre are:

a) to support the implementation of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China; and various agreements on trade in goods, services, dispute settlement, investment and other agreements relating to economic cooperation signed under the umbrella of the Framework Agreement;

b) to enhance two-way trade between ASEAN and China and further cultivate trade partnership in order to jointly promote exports to outside markets and achieve market expansion;

c) to promote two-way flows of investment between ASEAN and China;

d) to undertake activities to help investors and businessmen from less developed ASEAN Member States, especially Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, in exploring trade and investment opportunities in China;

e) to promote flows of tourists between ASEAN and China;

f) to enhance interaction among the business communities of ASEAN and China;

g) to increase people-to-people contacts, public awareness, mutual understanding, as well as active participation among the ASEAN and Chinese peoples through cultural and educational exchanges; and

h) to synergise the potentials of ASEAN and China in order to enhance the region’s appeal to external partners and facilitate access to ASEAN and Chinese ventures.

Roles and Activities

1. To achieve its objectives, the Centre shall work closely with the trade, investment, tourism, education and cultural promotion offices/representatives of ASEAN Member States, particularly those based in China, on undertaking activities that contribute to further enhancing trade, investment, tourism, education and cultural promotion between ASEAN and China.

2. The Centre shall have dual roles, acting as an information centre and an activities centre.

a) The Centre shall undertake the following activities:

b) to serve as a central coordinator of information, advice and activities to provide a comprehensive information bank on trade, investment, tourism, culture and education to businesses and peoples of ASEAN and China;

c) to serve as a channel for the meaningful exchange of information relevant to the enhancement of trade, investment, tourism and education of the ASEAN Member States and China, including rules and regulations concerning market access, particularly in supporting the development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);

d) to undertake studies in the areas of trade and investment that highlights the benefits of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area, through comprehensive data and information gathering, analysis, and trends on markets;

e) to promote cultures and education by disseminating information on traditional arts, handicrafts, music, dance, drama, movies and languages of ASEAN and China and educational opportunities in ASEAN and China;

f) to introduce and publicise products, industries and investment opportunities, tourism resources, culture and education of ASEAN and China to their companies, investors, and peoples by providing consultations, educational advisory services, as well as organising trade and investment exhibitions, tourism fairs, food festivals, art exhibitions and educational exhibition fairs;

g) to undertake market survey activities to identify potential markets and areas of cooperation;

h) to manage the permanent ASEAN Trade, Investment and Tourism Exhibition Hall within the framework of the Centre;

i) to serve as a central investment promotion unit creating sectoral linkages and facilitating business opportunities between ASEAN and Chinese ventures, especially assisting investors and companies seeking local business partners;

j) to maintain close cooperation in the fields of trade, investment and tourism with the Governments of ASEAN Member States and China and relevant regional and international organisations;

k) to facilitate trade and investment missions between ASEAN and China;

l) to provide a list of related agencies and Government Officials related to the fields of trade, investment and tourism of both ASEAN and China;

m) to undertake capacity building initiatives to support the promotion of trade, investment and tourism between ASEAN and China;

n) to support the development of small- and medium-sized cultural enterprises (SMCE) in order to promote cultural tourism;

o) to undertake seminars or workshops on topics related to the facilitation of trade, investments and tourism between China and ASEAN Member States;

p) to establish a learning centre on arts, culture and language so as to enhance people-to-people contacts and to improve mutual understanding between the peoples and societies of ASEAN and China;

q) to look into the possibilities of undertaking people-to-people exchange programs related to the fields of trade, investment and tourism;

r) support programmes that are related to narrowing the development gap in ASEAN Countries; and

s) to undertake such other activities as may be deemed necessary to achieve the purpose of the Centre.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations---ASEAN

(Updated as of January 2015)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Brunei Darussalam then joined on 7 January 1984, Viet Nam on 28 July 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999, making up what is today the ten Member States of ASEAN.


As set out in the ASEAN Declaration, the aims and purposes of ASEAN are:

1. To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations;

2. To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter;

3. To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields;

4. To provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres;

5. To collaborate more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communications facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples;

6. To promote Southeast Asian studies; and

7. To maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes, and explore all avenues for even closer cooperation among themselves.


In their relations with one another, the ASEAN Member States have adopted the following fundamental principles, as contained in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) of 1976:

1. Mutual respect for the independence, sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, and national identity of all nations;

2. The right of every State to lead its national existence free from external interference, subversion or coercion;

3. Non-interference in the internal affairs of one another;

4. Settlement of differences or disputes by peaceful manner;

5. Renunciation of the threat or use of force; and

6. Effective cooperation among themselves.


The ASEAN Vision 2020, adopted by the ASEAN Leaders on the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN, agreed on a shared vision of ASEAN as a concert of Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies.

At the 9th ASEAN Summit in 2003, the ASEAN Leaders resolved that an ASEAN Community shall be established.

At the 12th ASEAN Summit in January 2007, the Leaders affirmed their strong commitment to accelerate the establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015 and signed the Cebu Declaration on the Acceleration of the Establishment of an ASEAN Community by 2015.

The ASEAN Community is comprised of three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). Each pillar has its own Blueprint, and, together with the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Strategic Framework and IAI Work Plan Phase II (2009-2015), they form the Roadmap for and ASEAN Community 2009-2015.

At the 25th ASEAN Summit in November 2014, the Leaders adopted Nay Pyi Taw Declaration on the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision, endorsing the consolidated central elements annexed to the Declaration as a basis to develop the Post-2015 Vision of the ASEAN Community. The ASEAN Coordinating Council is tasked to oversee the overall process of developing the Post-2015 Vision and the attendant documents of the three community pillars of 2016-2025 to be submitted together to the 27th ASEAN Summit.


The ASEAN Charter serves as a firm foundation in achieving the ASEAN Community by providing legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN. It also codifies ASEAN norms, rules and values; sets clear targets for ASEAN; and presents accountability and compliance.

The ASEAN Charter entered into force on 15 December 2008. A gathering of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta to mark this very historic occasion for ASEAN.

With the entry into force of the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN will henceforth operate under a new legal framework and establish a number of new organs to boost its community-building process.

In effect, the ASEAN Charter has become a legally binding agreement among the 10 ASEAN Member States.


According to Article 31 of the ASEAN Charter, the Chairmanship of ASEAN shall rotate annually, based on the alphabetical order of the English names of Member States. A Member State assuming the Chairmanship shall chair the ASEAN Summit and related summits, the ASEAN Coordinating Council, the three ASEAN Community Councils, relevant ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies and senior officials, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Myanmar is the Chair of ASEAN for 2014 and the theme of its ASEAN Chairmanship is “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community.”

Malaysia is the Chair of ASEAN for 2015 and the theme of its ASEAN Chairmanship is "Our People, Our Community, Our Vision".


The motto of ASEAN is "One Vision, One Identity, One Community".


8th August is observed as ASEAN Day.


ASEAN Secretary-General (2013-2017) : H.E. Le Luong Minh

Headquarters : Jakarta

Basic Function : To provide for greater efficiency in the coordination of ASEAN organs and for more effective implementation of ASEAN projects and activities

Mission : To initiate, facilitate and coordinate ASEAN stakeholder collaboration in realizing the purposes and principles of ASEAN as reflected in the ASEAN Charter.

(Source: ASEAN Secretariat and relevant official documents)



Land Area
(Thousands square km)
Major Language (S)
Capital City
Nominal GDP
(USD Billion)
Brunei 5.27 417.8 Malay,English Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Dollar 16.21
Cambodia 176.52 15,135.2 Khmer Phnom Penh Riel 15.66
Indonesia 1,811.57 249,865.6 Indonesian Jakarta Rupiah 870.28
Lao PDR 230.80 6,769.7 Lao Vientiane Kip 10.00
Malaysia 328.55 29,717.0 Malay, English,
Chinese, Tamil
Kuala Lumpur Ringgit 321.43
Myanmar 653.29 53,259.0 Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw Kyat 56.41
Philippines 298.17 98,393.6 Filipino,English,
Manila Peso 272.02
Singapore 0.70 5,399.2 English, Malay,
Mandarin, Tamil
Singapore Singapore Dollar 295.74
Thailand 510.89 67,010.5 Thai Bangkok Baht 387.16
Viet Nam 310.07 89,708.9 Vietnamese Ha Noi Dong 170.57

(Source:- Land Area and Population - from World Bank World Development Indicators Database in 2013 Major Language(s), Capital City and Currency - from ASEAN Secretariat Nominal GDP - from World Economic Outlook, April 2014 (IMF)