Resources for China-ASEAN Relations

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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

CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS,
OCTOBER 2009 TO MARCH 2010:
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

Compiled by LIM Chee Kia

        OCTOBER 2009

16th    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister
        Nguyen Tan Dung attend the Tenth Western China International
        Economy and Trade Fair and the Second Western China Forum on
        International Cooperation in Chengdu. Chinese Premier Wen
        Jiabao addresses the opening ceremony stressing that China
        will comprehensively raise the development and opening-up of
        the western regions, build up major clusters of modern
        industries, carry out balanced urban and rural reform, and
        make them forerunners of ecological construction and economic
        growth poles of strategic importance to the whole country.

19th    The China-ASEAN summit is held in Nanning. Chinese
        Vice-Premier Li Keqiang meets Myanmar's State Peace and
        Development Council First Secretary Tin Aung Myint Oo,
        Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung
        and Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh. They vow to deepen
        mutual cooperation in various aspects and safeguard stability
        on the border areas. China and members of ASEAN also pledge to
        enhance agricultural cooperation to help improve economic
        development and prevent food crises.

20th    Sixth China-ASEAN Expo opens in Nanning.

        Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region pledges tens of billions of
        dollars for the upgrading of roads, ports, airports and
        railways in preparation for the launch of the China-ASEAN Free
        Trade Area (CAFTA). Huang Huakuan, head of Guangxi's
        Communication and Transport Department says, "Guangxi aims to
        become the most convenient, efficient transport channel
        linking south China with the ASEAN countries by 2020."

        NOVEMBER 2009

3rd     The Fourth China-Singapore Forum opens in Beijing.

6th     The First Conference of the ASEAN + 3 Ministers Responsible
        for Information opens in Vientiane. Mounkeo Oraboun, Minister
        of Information and Culture of Lao, chairs the Conference. The
        Ministers explore ways in which ASEAN + 3 can collaborate in
        the information sector, including digital broadcasting,
        co-productions in digital content and media exchanges.

11th    Chinese President Hu Jintao meets Malaysian Prime Minister
        Najib Tun Razak and witnesses the signing of five agreements
        on expanding cooperation in trade and investment.

        The Ninth Meeting of the ASEAN + 3 Ministers on Agriculture
        and Forestry opens in Bandar Seri Begawan. H.E Pehin Dato
        Yahya, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei
        Darussalam chairs the meeting.

12th    Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Singapore and meets
        Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. President Hu
        issues a statement saying he is ready to work towards new
        progress in bilateral relations.

14th    APEC Leaders' Meeting commences.

17th    The Federation of Thai Industries voices concern over an
        influx of Chinese electrical devices following the CAFTA
        and calls on the government to devise measures to assist
        Thai manufacturers.

18th    The First ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting on
        Transnational Crime (AMMTC + China) opens in Siem Reap.
        It aims to further strengthen the cooperation btween
        China and ASEAN. China promises to train 1,000 law
        enforcement officers for ASEAN countries over the next
        five years. …