ASEAN – China Partnership in Traditional Medicine and Health
“The 2013 ASEAN-China Summit Forum on Traditional Medicine and the theme of ‘Multi-Promotion of Traditional Medicine and Development and Cooperation’ are testaments to the partnership of ASEAN Health Cooperation with China on Traditional and Complementary Alternative Medicine,” said H.E. Alicia Dela Rosa Bala Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. DSG Bala joined the Deputy Minister Wan Guoqiang, Health Ministry, and Deputy Chairwoman Li Kang, Government of Guangxi Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China, in the Opening Ceremony of the Forum.
China and ASEAN countries are close neighbors and share similar cultures. In the process of political, economic, and cultural communication, traditional medicines in China and ASEAN countries interact by mutual supplement and promotion. Due to the establishment of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, and the successful China-ASEAN Expo and the Business and Investment Summit, exchanges and cooperation between China-ASEAN countries have been greatly promoted in the fields of economy, trade, transportation, culture and health. With a well acceptance by the people, and as an important component to the national healthcare system in China and ASEAN countries, traditional medicine is playing a more and more effective role in maintaining health of the people.
This year’s Forum on Traditional Medicine was conducted recently in Yulin City, Guangxi. Totaling over 400 delegates, participants represented China, ASEAN Member States, private sector, academe, and development partners from the health and pharmaceutical sector, including those engaged in the promotion of Traditional and Complementary Alternative Medicine (TM/CAM).