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ASEAN-China Young Leaders Scholarship 2020 launched

The ASEAN-China Young Leaders Scholarship (ACYLS) 2020 was launched at a virtual ceremony on October 20. 

The ceremony was attended by ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Kung Phoak, Philippine Secretary of Education Leonor Magtolis Briones and Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Luo said the ACYLS has become "one of the innovative flagship projects" of the China-ASEAN cooperation in less than two years.

It has played an important role in consolidating the people-to-people pillar of the cooperation, he said.

ASEAN's Deputy Secretary-General for the Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak commended the programme for providing opportunities for ASEAN nationals to undertake training and graduate study in China.

According to Chinese Ambassador to ASEAN Deng Xijun, nearly 100 young people from ASEAN countries have undertaken graduate courses as well as short-term exchange and training courses in China since the scholarship was first launched.

The ACYLS was initiated by Chinese premier Li Keqiang and adopted by ASEAN leaders at the 21st ASEAN-China summit in 2018 in Singapore./.