SINGAPORE: A photo exhibition was launched at the National Library on Tuesday (Dec 13), to mark 25 years of ties between ASEAN and China.
The exhibition - a collaboration between Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Library of Singapore - showcases notable milestones in ASEAN-China ties, and aims to increase public awareness of the comprehensive relationship.
At the opening of the exhibition, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said both sides have built a strong partnership based on mutual respect.
Mr Gan said that just as ASEAN has benefitted from China's growth, it has also contributed to China's development by enabling a peaceful and open regional architecture where major powers can engage one another.
At the ASEAN-China Commemorative Summit held in Vientiane in September, leaders had renewed their commitment to further cooperation in areas like disaster management, education and connectivity.
Mr Gan noted, however, that the next phase of relations will play out in an increasingly uncertain global environment, with sluggish economic growth, transnational challenges like health pandemics and terrorism.
But against this backdrop, Mr Gan said: "We can still be optimistic as ASEAN and China remain two very bright spots in the world today,” he said. “The pictures on display allow us to look back and take stock of our achievements over the last 25 years and we can be proud of how far we have come and how much we have achieved together.”
“I am confident that with political will, hard work and a sense of history, the best days of ASEAN-China relations are still ahead of us."
The photo exhibition will be held at the National Library untill Dec 21.