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Foreign Ministry Launches China-AALCO Exchange and Research Program on International Law

Release Time: 2016-08-15

 

On July 13, 2015, the Foreign Ministry launched at the Xiamen University the Exchange and Research Program on International Law between China and the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), which was first announced by Premier Li Keqiang at the opening ceremony of the 54th AALCO annual session in Beijing on April 13 and then also announced by President Xi Jinping as a specific measure to enhance cooperation between China and other Asian and African countries at the Asian-African Summit in Indonesia. The program, which was funded by China, aims to support the work of the AALCO and shoulders the important mission to boost exchanges and cooperation among AALCO member states and improve their capacity building in international law.

 

Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Foreign Ministry Xu Hong, AALCO Secretary-General Rahmat Mohamad, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Stephen Mathias, President of the Xiamen University Zhu Chongshi, Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Fujian Provincial People's Government Li Hong, Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Xiamen Municipal People's Government Huang Feng as well as 22 trainees from 14 Asian and African countries, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Macao Special Administrative Region and the AALCO Secretariat attended the launching ceremony.

 

Director-General Xu Hong read out the congratulatory letter to the launching ceremony from Liu Zhenmin, Chairman of the 54th AALCO annual session and Vice Foreign Minister. Liu Zhenmin stressed in his congratulatory letter that the setup of the China-AALCO Exchange and Research Program on International Law is a big event for the friendly cooperation between China and the AALCO. Asian and African countries are still facing numerous difficulties and challenges in safeguarding international and regional peace and security, promoting common development, pushing international rule of law and other aspects, and their voice and influence in international law still have much room to increase. The running of the program will surely make its due contribution to better playing the role of the AALCO in international rule of law and deepening solidarity and cooperation among Asian and African nations in international law.

 

The participating guests warmly congratulated on the launch of the program, and expressed their willingness to offer active support for its complete success. The representatives of the trainees thanked China for setting up the program and said that they will take an active part in relevant activities thus contribute to solidarity and cooperation among Asian and African countries.

 

The AALCO, an international intergovernmental organization established in 1956 in line with the spirit of Asian-African Conference held in Bandung in 1955, aims to push exchanges and consultations among Asian and African countries in international law and reflect their appeals in the development of international law. Headquartered in New Delhi of India, the AALCO consists of 47 member states and 2 observer states. China joined the AALCO in 1983 and successfully held the 54th AALCO annual session in Beijing this April, and this was the second AALCO annual session held by China since the 29th annual session in 1990.