SINGAPORE, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The 5th Conference on ASEAN- China People-to-People Friendship Organizations (CACPPFO) opened here on Thursday.
More than 300 government officials, political leaders and business delegates from ASEAN member countries and China gathered to discuss opportunities to further strengthen efforts in the five pillars of cooperation in economy, culture, education, health and sports.
Themed "ASEAN-China Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges", the conference aims to reinforce strategic partnerships and friendly relations between China and ASEAN countries by promoting multilateral exchanges and dialogues.
Addressing the conference, President of the China-ASEAN Association Gu Xiulian said: "We are happy to see that, with the joint efforts by all the participants, the China-ASEAN (10+1) people-to-people mechanism for friendship and cooperation becomes more and more mature, with more practical friendly cooperation and more colorful activities under the conference."
Gu said that from the dialogue relations to good neighborly partnership of mutual trust, and to the strategic partnership, relations between China and ASEAN enjoy its development step by step. China can not prosper without ASEAN and ASEAN's development also needs China.
The Chinese delegation is led by Gu and Singapore delegation is headed by Phua Kok Khoo, president of the Singapore China Friendship Association.
Participants said the event is of great significance as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and China.
There will also be an exhibition titled "Rich Culture and Green Technology" featuring technological products, culture, education materials and software.
The two-day conference is organized by the Singapore China Friendship Association.