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China-ASEAN relations, May 2013 to August 2013: chronology of events.

MAY 2013 TO AUGUST 2013:

MAY 2013

30th April-5th May   China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi pays official
                     visits to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and
                     Brunei. Wang's choice of Southeast Asia as his
                     first overseas destination since his appointment
                     signals Beijing's renewed desire for closer ties
                     with its neighbours.

2nd                  China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with
                     ASEAN Secretary- General Le Luong Minh in
                     Jarkata, Indonesia. Wang says China's new
                     government will continue to encourage ASEAN to
                     develop and grow stronger, firmly support ASEAN
                     in its construction of the ASEAN Community and
                     integration process, and firmly support ASEAN in
                     continuing to play a leading role in regional

6th-8th              Senior officials from China, Laos, Myanmar,
                     Thailand, Vietnam and the United Nations Office
                     of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) meet in Yangon,
                     Myanmar to discuss drug control. A ministerial
                     meeting is also held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
                     Deputy Police Chief Zaw Win is elected as
                     chairman of the Mekong Region's Transborder Drug
                     Elimination Team.

6th-9th              Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan pays a
                     four-day official visit to Brunei and attends
                     the 7th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM).
                     The purpose of this visit is to further promote
                     China-Brunei defence exchanges and coopera- tion
                     and to further expand consensus in the security
                     field with ASEAN countries in a bid to jointly
                     maintain regional peace and stability.

9th-14th             China and 15 Asia-Pacific nations start the
                     first round of talks to create one of the
                     world's largest trading blocs, namely, the
                     Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
                     (RCEP). The RCEP has been regarded as a rival
                     pact to the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership
                     (TPP), a free trade initiative involving a dozen
                     countries but excluding China.

28th May-3rd June    Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman
                     Shanmugaratnam visits Beijing and Shanghai. He
                     meets China's Politburo Standing Committee
                     member and Executive Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli
                     and Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei. Tharman also
                     jointly officiates the opening of the Monetary
                     Authority of Singapore Repre-sentative Office in
                     Beijing with the People's Bank of China Governor
                     Zhou Xiaochuan.

JUNE 2013

3rd-4th              The China-Southeast Asia High-Level
                     People-to-People Dialogue Conference convenes in
                     Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang
                     Autonomous Region. The conference, themed
                     "Boosting Development through a Peace Deal and
                     Achieving Positive Out- comes through
                     Cooperation", aims to address issues of common
                     concern in China and Southeast Asia, and push
                     for strengthened cooperation among the

19th-21st            Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang visits
                     China. This is his first-ever visit made as head
                     of state and the first state-level visit by a
                     high-ranking Vietnamese leader to China since
                     its change of leadership. The visit aims to
                     affirm Vietnam's resolve to reinforce and
                     develop a comprehensive strategic cooperative
                     partnership with China, enhance political trust
                     and maintain regular exchanges between the two
                     countries' high-ranking leaders.

24th                 Myanmar President U Thein Sein meets with
                     visiting Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi in
                     Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Yang stresses that the two
                     countries should continuously expand their
                     common interests and deepen the China-Myanmar
                     Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Partnership.

30th June-2nd July   At the invitation of Prince Mohamed Bolkiah,
                     Brunei Darussalam's Minister of Foreign Affairs
                     and Trade and ASEAN's rotating chair, Foreign
                     Minister Wang Yi attends the ASEAN-China (10+1)
                     Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the ASEAN-China,
                     Japan, and Republic of Korea (10+3) Foreign
                     Ministers' Meeting, the East Asia Summit (EAS)
                     Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the ASEAN
                     Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

JULY 2013

16th                 China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua
                     Chunying comments on the Philippines' statement
                     on the South China Sea, saying that China is
                     dissatisfied with the Philippines' refusal to
                     participate in diplomatic negotiation and the
                     closure of the door to dialogue. She reiterates
                     that China is firmly opposed to the Philippines'
                     indifference to China's lawful rights, interests
                     and legitimate concerns as well as the
                     Philippines' wilful act of pushing for
                     international arbitration.

18th-21st            The 3rd China-ASEAN (Thailand) Commodity Fair
                     (CACF 2013) opens in Bangkok. The event is
                     intended to affirm Thailand's readiness as a
                     gateway for Chinese exports to the ASEAN region,
                     particularly after the formation of the ASEAN
                     Economic Com- munity in 2015. It is also aimed
                     at attracting Thai and regional investors to
                     penetrate the Chinese market.

19th-21st            Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
                     Commerce Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan attends
                     the Eco-Forum Global 2013 held in China's
                     Guiyang City in Guizhou Province. The Eco-Forum
                     Global is the only major eco-themed state-level
                     forum held in China. The theme of this year's
                     annual conference is "Building Eco-civilization:
                     Green Transformation and Transition: Green
                     Industry, Green Urbanization and Green
                     Consumption- led Sustainable Development". More
                     than 4,000 guests from China and abroad were
                     invited to attend the conference.


1st-6th              China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the
                     ASEAN-China High- Level Forum held in Thailand
                     and pays official visits to Malaysia, Laos and
                     Vietnam. At the opening ceremony of the
                     High-Level Forum on the 10th Anniversary of
                     China-ASEAN Strategic Partner- ship, Wang calls
                     on ASEAN countries to join hands with China to
                     further deepen and enrich their cooperation.
                     Wang assures that China will not let territorial
                     issues with several ASEAN members hinder overall
                     relations and cooperation between China and

21st                 Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with
                     Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Phnom Penh,
                     capital of Cambodia. The year 2013 marks the
                     55th anniversary of the establishment of
                     diplomatic relationship between Cambodia and
                     China and the "Cambodia-China Year of
                     Friendship". The two sides are seen to take this
                     opportunity to cooperate more closely with each
                     other to deepen the bilateral comprehensive
                     strategic partnership.

25th-31st            Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pays
                     an official visit to China. He meets with
                     Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li
                     Keqiang. President Xi speaks positively about
                     the achievements of China-Singapore cooperation,
                     stressing that China attaches importance to
                     developing friendly cooperative relations with
                     Singapore. Lee adds that Singapore and China
                     share extensive common interests and have
                     conducted sound exchanges and cooperation in
                     many fields. Singapore firmly adheres to a
                     friendly policy towards China and is willing to
                     further leverage the role of the Singapore-China
                     Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation, to tap
                     potential to the full and focus on expanding
                     cooperation in the fields of finance,
                     sustainable development and economic
                     transformation. Premier Li says the development
                     of bilateral relations and cooperation has
                     brought about important benefits for both
                     countries since the establish- ment of
                     diplomatic ties.

                     Besides Beijing, Lee also visits the Xinjiang
                     Uyghur Auto- nomous Region and Liaoning
                     Province. He seeks to understand and explore new
                     areas of bilateral collaboration with China's
                     western Xinjiang autonomous region and the
                     less-developed areas of China. Lee says
                     bilateral economic cooperation between Singapore
                     and Liaoning Province has been making progress
                     with Singapore companies expanding businesses
                     there. Singapore is now Liaoning's fifth-largest
                     trade partner.

29th                 The Special China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers'
                     Meeting is held in Beijing. Chinese Foreign
                     Minister Wang Yi and Thai Deputy Prime Minister
                     and Foreign Minister Suraporn Tovichakchaikul
                     co-chair the meeting. Comprehensive and in-depth
                     views on deepening China-ASEAN relations are
                     exchanged and important consensus are reached.

This chronology of events in ASEAN.China relations was sourced mainly
from the ASEAN Secretariat website <>; The
Straits Times; Bangkok Post; Bernama (Barisan National News Agency);
Comparative Connections: An E.Journal on East Asian Bilateral
Relations <>; Chinese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs <>; Peoples' Daily; South China
Morning Post; Manila Standard; BBC; The Jakarta Post; Borneo
Bulletin; The Associated Press Newswire and Xinhuanet <http://www.>.

Wu Dan ( is Research Assistant at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. She holds a Masters in International and European Relations from Linkoping University, Sweden. Her research interests include Chinese foreign policy, EU-China relations and China's relations with the Nordic countries.
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Title Annotation:Resources for China-ASEAN relations; Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Author:Wu, Dan
Publication:China: An International Journal
Article Type:Chronology
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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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