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CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS, MAY 2012 TO AUGUST 2012: CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS 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. AUGUST 2012 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 <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, MAY 2012 TO AUGUST 2012: IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS 3rd May 2012 Joint Media Statement of the 15th ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting, <http://www.aseansec.org/Joint%20Media%20 Statement%20of%20the%2015th%20ASEAN+3%20Finance%20 Ministers%20and%20Central%20Bank%20Governors'%20 Meeting.pdf> 10th May 2012 Joint Communique of the 22nd ASEAN Labour Ministers Meeting (22nd ALMM), Phnom Penh <http://www.aseansec.org/Joint%20Communique%20 The%20Twenty%20Second%20ASEAN%20Labour%20 Ministers%20Meeting%2022nd%20ALMM).pdf> 11th May 2012 Joint Statement of the Seventh ASEAN Plus Three Labour Ministers Meeting (7th ALMM+3) <http://www.aseansec.org/Joint%20 Statement_of_7th_ALMM+3_FINAL_11%20May%20 adopted.pdf> 17th August 2012 Statement of ASEAN Foreign Ministers on the Recent Developments in the Rakhine State, Myanmar <http://www.aseansec.org/documents/Statement%20 of%20ASEAN%20FM%20on%20Recent%20Developments%20 in%20the%20Rakhine%20State.pdf> 26th August 2012 Joint Media Statement of the Fourth Cambodia-Lao PDR-Myanmar-Viet Nam (CLMV) Economic Ministers' Meeting <http://www.asean.org/images/archive/ documents/THE%20FOURTH%20CLMV%20ECONOMIC%20 MINISTERS.pdf> 29th August 2012 Joint Media Statement of the 14th Ministerial Meeting of the ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Cooperation (AMBDC) <http://www.aseansec.org/ documents/Joint%20Media%20Statement%2014th%20 AMBDC%20Ministerial%20Meeting%20-%2029%20 August%202012%20(final)%201.pdf>
Wu Dan (email@example.com) 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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|Publication:||China: An International Journal|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2012|
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