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Dino Patti Djalal

Former Deputy Foreign minister of Indonesia and chairman of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia


Out of the five major hot-spot tensions in the world, the South China Sea is a rare place where all the claimants are talking routinely in an official and structured format. This is because the talks linked to a clear pathway [for South China Sea peace and stability], which is called the Code of Conduct (COC), are going way too slow, but at the very least, the guns are silent and have been silent for quite some time. Exercising self-restraint is critically important. All claimants need to avoid actions that will provoke responses from others. This is important because once an incident starts between two or more claimants, there's really no mechanism to stop it. So self-restraint is a form of preventive diplomacy, and it is essential for all claimants to practice it.  We also need greater efforts focused on confidence-building. The South China Sea situation is evolving in a larger context of intensifying rivalries, low trust, rising insecurity and tension. And there is the possibility that brinkmanship will come forward. Unfortunately, the South China Sea at the moment is suffering from a noticeable lack of confidence-building measures, which explains the low trust that exists now among some of the claimants.  The ability of China and ASEAN to manage the South China Sea disputes peacefully will serve as a powerful example to a troubled world, demonstrating that the relationship between the two sides is also a robust problem-solving partnership and that Asians have the craft, skill and political will to transform conflict into cooperation. Source: Global Times

 H.E. Hou Yanqi

Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN


Being committed to deepening political mutual trust and advancing practical cooperation, China and ASEAN countries have become an important force in maintaining regional stability and prosperity. The youth is the future of China-ASEAN relations and the most dynamic, creative and communicative group in China-ASEAN cooperation. Young people are encouraged to take an active part in the development of China-ASEAN relations, help to strengthen the bond among the two billion Chinese and ASEAN people with the spark of youth exchanges and interactions, and in their own way make unremitting contributions and provide inexhaustible impetus for the continuous development of China-ASEAN relations. Source: Mission of the People's Republic of China to ASEAN

Benjamin Sukhanjanajit

Chargé d'Affaires ad interim of the Royal Thai Embassy in China


Thailand has always been committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is striving to achieve carbon neutrality. The BCG (Bio-Circular-Green) economic model is seen as a pathway to building a healthier, greener, and more inclusive economy. By readjusting Thailand’s national energy plan and shifting its focus to improving energy efficiency, a gradual green transformation is being pushed forward.

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