China-ASEAN relations, May 2013 to August 2013: chronology of events.
CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS, MAY 2013 TO AUGUST 2013: CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS 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 cooperation. 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 countries. 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. AUGUST 2013 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 ASEAN. 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 <http://www.ASEANsec.org/>; The Straits Times; Bangkok Post; Bernama (Barisan National News Agency); Comparative Connections: An E.Journal on East Asian Bilateral Relations <http:..csis.org.pacfor.cc.>; Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/>; Peoples' Daily; South China Morning Post; Manila Standard; BBC; The Jakarta Post; Borneo Bulletin; The Associated Press Newswire and Xinhuanet <http://www. xinhuanet.com>.
Wu Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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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|Publication:||China: An International Journal|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2013|
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