Resources for China-ASEAN relations.
Wu Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS, SEPTEMBER 2012 TO DECEMBER 2012: CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS Compiled by WU Dan SEPTEMBER 2012 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 ceremony. 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. OCTOBER 2012 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 sustainability. 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 operations. NOVEMBER 2012 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. DECEMBER 2012 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 investment. 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>. CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS, SEPTEMBER 2012 TO DECEMBER 2012: IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS Compiled by WU Dan 4th September 2012 Communique of the ASEAN Special Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/the-asean- special-ministerial-meeting-on-drug- matters-30-august-2012-bangkok- thailand?category_id=26> 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 (DGICM) <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/joint-press- statement-of-the-sixteenth-meeting-of-the- asean-directors-general-of-immigration- departments-and-heads-of-consular-affairs- divisions-of-ministries-of-foreign-affairs- dgicm?category_id=26> 12th September 2012 Joint Ministerial Statement of the Ninth ASEAN+3 (China, Japan and Korea) Ministers on Energy Meeting <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/joint- ministerial-statement-the-9th-asean3-china- japan-and-korea-ministers-on-energy- meeting?category_id=26> 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) <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/the-twelfth- meeting-of-the-asean-ministers-of- agriculture-and-forestry-and-the-ministers- of-agriculture-of-the-people-s-republic-of- china-japan-and-the-republic-of-korea-12th- amaf-plus-three?category_id=26> 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 <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/chairman-s- statement-of-the-informal-asean- ministerial-meeting-iamm-new-york-27- september-2012?category_id=26> 1st October 2012 Chairman's Statement of the Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (IAMM) <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/chairman-s- statement-of-the-informal-asean- ministerial-meeting-iamm?category_id=26> 9th October 2012 Chairman's Statement of the Third ASEAN Maritime Forum <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/chairman-s- statement-3rd-asean-maritime-forum? category_id=26> 9th October 2012 Chairman's Statement of the First Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum <http://www.asean.org/news/asean- statement-communiques/item/1st-expanded- asean-maritime-forum-manila?category_id=26> 9th November 2012 Joint Media Statement of the 12th ASEAN Telecommunications and IT Ministers Meeting and its Related Meetings with Dialogue Partners <http://www.asean.org/news/asean-statement- communiques/item/joint-media-statement-of- the-12th-asean-telecommunications-and-it- ministers-meeting-and-its-related-meetings- with-dialogue-partners?category_id=26> 19th November 2012 Communique of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration <http://www.asean.org/news/asean-statement- communiques/item/asean-human-rights- declaration?category_id=26> 19th November 2012 Communique of the Mactan Cebu Declaration Connected ASEAN: Enabling Aspirations <http://www.asean.org/news/asean-statement- communiques/item/mactan-cebu-declaration- connected-asean-enabling-aspirations? category_id=26>
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