- CNTV English - CCTV News

ASEAN commemorates 43rd anniversary

08-09-2010 15:05 BJT

JAKARTA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The 43rd anniversary of Association Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), themed "Bridging Markets, Connecting People", was commemorated in ASEAN Secretariat here on Monday, attended by ambassadors of member countries to ASEAN, dialogue partners and aspiring partners.

The celebration was featured with tree planting jointly conducted by Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. Marty Natalegawa and ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, reminding all ASEAN stakeholders about huge efforts waiting ahead towards the establishment of ASEAN Community by 2015.

Dr. Surin in his remarks said that the efforts towards building an ASEAN Community would be greatly depending on ASEAN people.

"The people need to be made aware of the benefits of ASEAN. They must be inspired by the vision of ASEAN and convinced that the future of their children would be very much depended on the materialization of that vision," Dr. Surin said.

To do so, he added that people in the ten members of ASEAN must be made to have a sense of belonging to ASEAN, be made aware on what they can do for ASEAN.

The ASEAN Community vision will integrate all resources in the Southeast Asian countries through various measures, among others open-sky policy among ASEAN countries, inter-country job employment, the use of English as official communication language among ASEAN people.

ASEAN is now joined by Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program