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China appoints senior diplomat as ASEAN envoy

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Beijing (VNA) – China has appointed Xue Hanqin, a senior female diplomat and international law expert, as its first envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

“Ambassador Xue’s appointment as the Chinese ambassador to ASEAN will play an important role in promoting friendly exchanges and cooperation in extensive fields,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang was quoted as saying on December 30.

Xue was formerly ambassador to the Netherlands and she had also served as the international law director-general in the Foreign Ministry.

Ties between China and ASEAN had grown rapidly in recent years. The two way trade between them had been reach 199.1 billion USD in the year’s first ten months, up 21.8 percent as compared with the same period of last year.

ASEAN comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-

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