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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

MAY 2012

7th         Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Fu Ying, calls a meeting
            with Alex Chua, Charge d'Affaires of the Philippine
            Embassy in China, to make a serious representation over
            the incident at Huangyan Island. Fu Ying says that though
            it has been almost a month since the incident, it has not
            yet been resolved. He stresses the Chinese view that
            Huangyan Island belongs to China and hopes that the
            Philippine side will not escalate tensions without
            considering the consequences. He states that the Chinese
            side will maintain its position and advocate diplomatic
            solutions to the situation.

25th        A senior officials' meeting between the ASEAN Plus 3
            convenes in Phnom Penh. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister,
            Fu Ying, leads a delegation to the meeting.
            The participating senior officials have an in-depth
            exchange of views, mainly on implementing the outcomes
            of the 14th ASEAN Plus 3 Summit and cooperation for the
            next phase and on the preparation for the foreign
            ministers' meeting and leaders'
            meeting later in the year.

26th        Chinese Culture Minister, Cai Wu, and Singapore's
            Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts,
            Yaacob Ibrahim, sign the Sixth Executive Programme on
            Cultural Cooperation in the Arts, Heritage and Library in
            Singapore. Cai says China is willing to work with the
            ASEAN countries to expand cultural cooperation
            and bring it to a higher level.

28th        Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, meets with
            visiting Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi.
            Lee says that Singapore attaches great importance to
            developing its relations with China and that he is happy
            with the constant progress achieved by both countries in
            cooperation in various fields. The Chinese side invites
            Lee to visit China at a convenient time. Singapore's
            Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National
            Security and Minister for Home Affairs, Teo Chee Hean,
            also has a meeting with Yang.

JUNE 2012

13th        Chinese Vice Premier, Li Keqiang, meets with visiting
            Myanmar Foreign Minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin,
            in Beijing. Li says that China and Myanmar are important
            neighbours and both share a profound traditional
            friendship that is worth cherishing. U Wunna Maung Lwin
            says his government highly values its friendly
            cooperative relations with China and cherishes the
            "Paukphaw" friendship between both peoples. He adds that
            Myanmar will continue its support for China on issues
            pertaining to China's core interests.

16th        Due to bad weather, the Philippines pull back two vessels
            from Scarborough Shoal, a group of rock formations about
            124 nautical miles west of the Philippines' main island
            of Luzon, to which the two countries lay claim.
            This ends a two-month standoff between the two sides.
            Lightly-armed Philippine coastguard ships had since April
            taken turns escorting a civilian fisheries boat guarding
            the mouth of Scarborough Shoal.

21st        Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Zhang Zhijun, summons
            Vietnamese Ambassador to China, Nguyen Van Tho, to lodge
            a solemn representation to Vietnam concerning the
            passing of the Maritime Law of Vietnam. China contends
            that it infringes upon China's territorial sovereignty:
            China believes it has indisputable sovereignty over
            Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands and
            their adjacent waters.

27th        Vietnam calls plans by China to invite foreign oil firms
            to tender for exploration rights in a disputed area in
            the South China Sea "illegal" and a serious "violation
            of Vietnam's sovereignty". The China National Offshore
            Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announces that a new batch of
            nine offshore exploration blocks, "in waters under
            jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China", are open
            to foreign bids. Vietnam's foreign ministry says in a
            statement that the blocks in question lay "deep inside
            Vietnam's exclusive economic zone", while its state-owned
            oil firm, Petro Vietnam, calls on foreign companies to
            boycott the invitation to tender. Hanoi says the
            territory being offered by China includes blocks that it
            has already licensed to US firm ExxonMobil
            and Russia's Gazprom.

JULY 2012

4th         Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping, meets with visiting
            Thai Foreign Minister, Surapong Tovichakchaikul,
            in Beijing. He honours the mutual respect, trust,
            cooperation and common development that have made the two
            states examples of friendly coexistence between
            countries with different social systems.

5th         Chinese State Councillor, Dai Bingguo, meets at the
            Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with visiting Singapore Deputy
            Prime Minister, Teo Chee Hean, who chairs a series of
            meetings on China-Singapore cooperation. Both sides
            exchange in-depth views on bilateral ties as well as
            international and regional issues of common concern.

12th        Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, speaks to the
            press after the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign
            Ministers' Meeting, in response to remarks made by some
            countries on the Huangyan Island incident. Yang outlines
            the Chinese view that Huangyan Island has always been
            part of the Chinese territory and is not a disputed
            island. He says that what the Philippine side did has
            caused wide concern and strong indignation among the
            Chinese people. He urges the Philippine side to
            not create trouble.

12th        At the conclusion of the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers'
            Meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Chinese Vice
            Foreign Minister, Fu Ying, briefs the press about the
            meeting. He says that Foreign Ministers from China and
            the ASEAN have reviewed the progress in implementing the
            Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China
            Sea (DOC). They have agreed to continue the
            implementation of the DOC and cooperation projects under
            its framework, and through this process, promote mutual
            understanding and trust. She adds that China would start
            talks on a legally binding code of conduct in the
            South China Sea when conditions are ripe.

17th        Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, lauds the
            recently concluded ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting
            despite its failure to issue a communique on handling
            disputes in the South China Sea. He mentions that China
            will maintain its support for the building of the ASEAN
            community and comprehensively push forward pragmatic
            cooperation in all areas for mutual benefits.

27th        China's new ambassador to the ASEAN, Yang Xiuping,
            arrives in Jakarta to assume her official duties.
            The first Chinese resident ambassador to the ASEAN, she
            says she will work with friends and colleagues from all
            circles to forge a strategic partnership between China
            and the ASEAN. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announces the
            plan to establish a Chinese Mission to the ASEAN at the
            14th China-ASEAN Summit which commemorated the 20th
            anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations
            in November last year.


9th-13th    Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi embarks on an
            official visit to Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. Apart
            from the South China Sea issue, Yang focuses on fostering
            stronger bilateral relations with these countries.
            Yang meets Indonesia President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
            They agree on the need for stronger bilateral relations
            and strategic cooperation. Yang also co-chairs the second
            meeting of the Joint Committee for Bilateral Cooperation
            with Indonesian Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa.
            During his visit to Brunei, Yang meets Brunei's Crown
            Prince, Al-Muhtadee Billah, to discuss the strengthening
            of bilateral ties. Yang also meets Malaysian Foreign
            Minister Anifah Aman in Kuala Lumpur.

14th        Construction workers lay the last piece of a railway
            linking China's Yunnan Province with the ASEAN countries.
            The Yuxi-Mengzi Railway is 141 kilometres and has a
            designed maximum speed of 120 kilometres per hour. It
            passes through 35 tunnels and crosses 61 bridges, which
            together account for 54.95 per cent of the line's total
            length. The railway is part of the eastern line of the
            planned Pan-Asia Railway network, an international
            railway project that will also consist of
            central and western lines.

16th        The 7th Conference on ASEAN-China People-to-People
            Friendship Organisations opens in Hanoi. Addressing the
            event, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Thien
            Nhan, states that the forum is one of the most effective
            and dynamic events for the ASEAN and its partners. Madam
            Gu Xiulian, president of the China-ASEAN Association and
            head of the Chinese delegation to the conference,
            stresses that in its external policies, China attaches
            importance to developing relations with neighbouring
            countries, including the ASEAN nations.

25th        Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, meets his
            Philippine counterpart, Albert del Rosario, in Beijing.
            The two sides exchange views on bilateral ties and
            issues of common concern.

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


3rd May 2012        Joint Media Statement of the 15th ASEAN+3 Finance
                    Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting,

10th May 2012       Joint Communique of the 22nd ASEAN Labour
                    Ministers Meeting (22nd ALMM), Phnom Penh

11th May 2012       Joint Statement of the Seventh ASEAN Plus Three
                    Labour Ministers Meeting (7th ALMM+3)

17th August 2012    Statement of ASEAN Foreign Ministers on the
                    Recent Developments in the Rakhine State, Myanmar

26th August 2012    Joint Media Statement of the Fourth Cambodia-Lao
                    PDR-Myanmar-Viet Nam (CLMV) Economic Ministers'
                    Meeting <

29th August 2012    Joint Media Statement of the 14th Ministerial
                    Meeting of the ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development
                    Cooperation (AMBDC) <

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.
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