On Nov. 6, 2008, the ASEAN Secretariat and the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China signed a Minutes of Meeting on Strengthening of Trade and Economic Cooperation. The Minutes of Meeting affirmed the two parties’ commitment to implement the Memorandum on Cooperation, which was signed by the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the Governor of Hubei earlier this year. Under this memorandum, both parties will promote trade and economic cooperation, and the parties will explore the possibility of holding an ASEAN-Hubei Forum on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Wuhan City. Hubei was the first Chinese province to sign a Memorandum on Cooperation with the ASEAN Secretariat, with the objective of strengthening ASEAN-China relations.
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