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ASEAN countries welcome China's initiative for 10+1 cultural ministerial meetings


08:57, October 18, 2011

CHONGQING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China and ASEAN countries will see closer cultural cooperation, as the two sides made a decision to schedule cultural ministerial meetings at the ongoing 12th Asia Arts Festival in southwest China's Chongqing municipality.

The consensus to hold regular ministerial meetings was reached based on China's proposal at the China and ASEAN (10+1) Cultural Ministerial Meeting on Oct. 10.

The future China and ASEAN (10+1) cultural ministerial meetings, in comparison with the existing cultural ministerial meeting of ASEAN and China, Japan and South Korea (10+3), will allow exchanges between China and ASEAN member countries to be more targeted and direct, said Arief Maulana, culture officer of the ASEAN Secretariat.

The previous cultural exchanges between China and the Association of Southwest Asian Nations (ASEAN) were conducted within the 10+3 framework, which had several limitations.

"Previous cooperation relied on individual projects, rather than a stable mechanism," Maulana said. "ASEAN countries want to learn about China's best practices in cultural heritage protection, cultural industry development and cultural policy-making."

"The establishment of the 10+1 mechanism will not only promote cultural protection, but also help spread our culture to regions outside Asia," Maulana said.

The 10+1 cultural ministerial meeting on Oct. 10 is part of a 10-day arts festival that will run from Oct. 10 to 20, marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of dialogues between China and the ASEAN.

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