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Resources for China-ASEAN relations.

As a research institute based in Singapore, the EAI monitors developments in relations and interactions between China and the individual countries of Southeast Asia as well as the ASEAN grouping as a whole. This material is presented in the form of (1) a chronology of events, and (2) important documents.

--the Editors

Wu Dan ( is a Research Assistant at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. She holds a Master of 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.

Compiled by WU Dan


21st-25th           China and ASEAN sign investment
                    programmes worth more than USD6
                    billion at the 9th China-ASEAN expo
                    held in Nanning, capital of Guangxi
                    Zhuang Autonomous Region. Chinese Vice
                    President Xi Jinping attends the opening

24th                On the sidelines of the 67th session of
                    the United Nations General Assembly,
                    Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets
                    Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty
                    Natalegawa, Laos Deputy Prime Minister
                    and Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith,
                    and Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung
                    Lwin, exchanging views on bilateral relations
                    and international and regional issues of
                    common concern.

26th                Chairman of the Standing Committee of China's
                    National People's Congress, Wu Bangguo, meets
                    with the President of the Thai National
                    Assembly and Speaker of the House of
                    Representatives Somsak Kitasuranont, who
                    attends the 13th Western China International
                    Fair held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Wu
                    says that China is promoting the development
                    of China's western region, which has brought
                    new opportunities to deepen practical
                    cooperation between China and Thailand.

27th                The mission of the People's Republic of China
                    to ASEAN, which will serve to promote and
                    strengthen the strategic relationship between
                    China and ASEAN, is inaugurated in Jakarta.
                    Chinese Ambassador to the mission Yang Xiuping
                    and Secretary General of ASEAN Surin Pitsuwan
                    attend the ceremony.


18th                At the Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN plus Three
                    Committee on Women (ACW+3) held in Vientiane,
                    Laos, Vice President of the All-China Women's
                    Federation (ACWF) Meng Xiaosi says that
                    Chinese women would be more than happy to
                    join hands with women of East Asian countries
                    to promote gender equality and environmental

23rd                China opens a new consulate general in Khon
                    Kaen in northeastern Thailand. The
                    jurisdiction of the new consulate general,
                    which was established under an agreement
                    between the two countries in April 2012,
                    covers 20 northeastern provinces of Thailand.
                    It is the third Chinese consulate general in
                    the country following those in Chiang Mai in
                    the north and Songkla in the south of Thailand.

29th                An agreement is forged between Thailand's
                    Kasikorn Bank and 19 Chinese partner banks,
                    which include China Minsheng Banking, Shanghai
                    Pudong Development Bank, China Merchants Bank,
                    etc., to create the largest Sino-Thai factoring
                    service network. It is expected that the
                    overall factoring transactions under the
                    agreement will reach about USD957 million.
                    Under this cooperation, Kasikorn Bank and the
                    Chinese banks agree to purchase trade
                    receivables from each other, as well as offer
                    the service of debt collection from each
                    others' trade receivables. Meanwhile, business
                    loans will be offered to reduce international
                    trade risks and assure importers and
                    exporters of smooth and flexible business


4th-8th             The 16th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting of
                    the heads of national defence universities and
                    colleges held in Beijing aims to strengthen
                    communication among members of the ARF in
                    defence and security areas, and promote the
                    exchange of military education between China
                    and other countries. The meeting, themed
                    "Education on National Security Strategy in a
                    Changing World", is co-chaired by the National
                    Defence University, the Chinese People's
                    Liberation Army (CPLA), and the Sultan Haji
                    Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and
                    Strategic Studies of Brunei Darussalam.
                    Participants from defence universities and
                    colleges see the need to adapt their
                    programmes to keep up with the evolving
                    security environment, as well as the growing
                    needs of the military, in terms of its
                    expanding roles, keeping up with technological
                    advancements and in managing the mindsets of
                    different generations.

6th                 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends the second
                    session of the Ninth Asia-Europe Meeting
                    (ASEM) Summit in Vientiane, Laos and delivers
                    a keynote speech titled "Sharing the Task of
                    Promoting the Steady Economic Growth of the
                    World". Wen raises a four-point initiative on
                    deepening Asia-Europe cooperation: to organise
                    seminars to study the future direction of the
                    ASEM; to establish an Asia-Europe network for
                    water resources science and technology
                    cooperation and innovation; to carry out
                    Asia-Europe forestry cooperation demonstration
                    projects; and to leverage the Asia-Europe Fund
                    in a better way.

8th                 The first meeting of the China-ASEAN
                    Interconnection Cooperation Council, whose main
                    objective is to realise the consensus
                    previously reached by both sides, is held in
                    Jakarta. The two sides review progress in
                    bilateral cooperation and agree that
                    interconnection and cooperation play a vital
                    role in narrowing gaps in development,
                    enhancing regional competitiveness and
                    economic growth.

16th                About 150 participants from the public and
                    private sectors of China and ASEAN related to
                    tourism convene at the Second China Responsible
                    Tourism and ASEAN-China Tourism Development
                    Forum held in Shanghai. Themed "Sustainable
                    Innovation, Sustainable Travel, Sustainable
                    Business Model", the forum calls on the
                    governments, private sectors and individuals
                    to take actions together to work out
                    responsible tourism practises through
                    protecting the ecosystems of travel
                    destinations, and respecting the uniqueness of
                    local customs and cultures, while promoting
                    the tourist resources of China and ASEAN
                    member states. Participants share the most
                    up-to-date trade information and best practices,
                    and further exchange views on common challenges
                    and opportunities.

19th-21st           Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends a series of
                    meetings with East Asian leaders in his four-day
                    tour during the East Asian Summit held in Phnom
                    Penh. Premier Wen points out in his speech that
                    the international community as a whole is
                    concerned over the slowdown in the recovery of
                    the world economy and increased instability and
                    uncertainties. The aim of the summit is to
                    promote unity and cooperation among the
                    countries to perpetuate confidence and hope in
                    the region. Premier Wen proposes that new
                    vitality be injected into cooperation and
                    development; new opportunities in the process
                    of regional integration be made best use of,
                    creating a collaborative atmosphere that
                    facilitates dialogue and negotiation; and
                    making great efforts to tackle the domestic
                    affairs of all states.

19th-25th           Sixty-five delegations from China, Vietnam,
                    Cambodia, the Republic of Korea and Thailand
                    convene at the 2012 China and Vietnam Border
                    Trade & Tourism Expo held in the border city
                    of Dongxing, China's Guangxi Zhuang
                    Autonomous Region. The expo, which features
                    the promotion of investment and border
                    tourism, and an exhibition of real estate
                    projects, aims to boost bilateral trade
                    and tourism between China and Vietnam.

28th-1st December   The 9th China Import and Export Commodities
                    Exhibition (CIEM)--the only large-scale
                    exhibition organised by the Chinese government
                    annually abroad--begins in Malaysia.
                    Malaysia's deputy international trade and
                    industry minister Jacob Dungau Sagan says
                    at the opening ceremony that Malaysia can
                    help bring China and ASEAN closer.


5th                 The Second Meeting of the Joint Council
                    of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) is held in
                    Beijing, attended by officials from the
                    ASEAN member countries, China and
                    representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat.
                    The meeting is co-chaired by Mr Kan Pharidh,
                    Permanent Representative of the Royal
                    Embassy of Cambodia and the permanent
                    mission of Cambodia to ASEAN, and Mdm Yang
                    Xiuping, Ambassador of the People's
                    Republic of China to ASEAN. Mdm Yang, in
                    her opening remarks, speaks highly of the
                    important role that the ACC plays as a
                    one-stop information centre and activity
                    centre to promote substantial cooperation
                    in the fields of trade, investment,
                    education, culture and tourism.

7th                 Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen meets
                    with visiting Chinese State Councillor Liu
                    Yandong in Phnom Penh. As 2013 will mark
                    the 55th anniversary of Cambodia-China
                    diplomatic relations, Liu says it will be
                    a good opportunity for both sides to
                    further promote cooperation to a new
                    level and make new contributions to the
                    well-being of the two peoples and Asia's
                    peace and development.

21st-23rd           The China-ASEAN Finance Expo, part of the
                    9th China-ASEAN Business and Investment
                    Summit, is held in Nanning. Intended to
                    be a showcase of Guangxi's achievements
                    in finance reforms and policies, the
                    Expo displays about 500 projects worth
                    100 billion yuan (USD16.5 billion) in

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 <>.


Compiled by WU Dan

4th September 2012       Communique of the ASEAN Special Ministerial
                         Meeting on Drug Matters
5th-6th September 2012   Joint Press Statement of the 16th Meeting of
                         the ASEAN Directors-General of Immigration
                         Departments and Heads of Consular Affairs
                         Divisions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs
12th September 2012      Joint Ministerial Statement of the Ninth
                         ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and Korea) Ministers
                         on Energy Meeting
28th September 2012      Communique of the 12th Meeting of the ASEAN
                         Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry and
                         the Ministers ofAgriculture of the People's
                         Republic of China, Japan and the Republic of
                         Korea (12th AMAF Plus Three)
28th September 2012      Communique of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers'
                         Meeting with the Secretary-General of the
                         United Nations and the President of the 67th
                         Session of the UN General Assembly
1st October 2012         Chairman's Statement of the Informal ASEAN
                         Ministerial Meeting (IAMM)
9th October 2012         Chairman's Statement of the Third ASEAN
                         Maritime Forum
9th October 2012         Chairman's Statement of the First Expanded
                         ASEAN Maritime Forum
9th November 2012        Joint Media Statement of the 12th ASEAN
                         Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting
                         and its Related Meetings with Dialogue
19th November 2012       Communique of the ASEAN Human Rights
19th November 2012       Communique of the Mactan Cebu Declaration
                         Connected ASEAN: Enabling Aspirations
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