Academic journal article China: An International Journal

Resources for China-ASEAN Relations

Academic journal article China: An International Journal

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 (none in this particular period).

--the Editors

CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS, APRIL TO SEPTEMBER 2005: CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

 
             APRIL 
 
1st          The China-ASEAN Expo secretariat announces that the 
             second China-ASEAN Expo will beheld in October in 
             Nanning, Guangxi. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce 
             decided to advance the date to 19-22 October to avoid 
             overlapping with the Festival of Fast-Breaking. (The 
             first China-ASEAN Expo took place 3-6 November 2004). 
 
             Defence Secretary Avelino Cruz says that the Philippines 
             would like to increase defence cooperation with China and 
             send young military officers to military schools there. 
             He also reveals that Manila is negotiating agreements 
             with its ASEAN allies on joint military exercises 
 
             Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew says that he 
             believes the situation across the Taiwan Strait has 
             stabilised as recent steps by China and the US have 
             removed ambiguity as to where they stand. With the 
             measures each has now taken (China's passage of an 
             anti-secession law last month and a joint declaration 
             by the US and Japan in February that Taiwan was a mutual 
             security concern), he thinks it is in the interests of 
             Beijing, Washington and Tokyo for Taiwan to remain as it 
             is. Lee also comments on Singapore's ongoing negotiations 
             with China regarding the establishment of a FTA ahead of 
             the China-ASEAN FTA, saying that the island state needs 
             to accelerate its efforts in the talks but should not 
             place all its bets on China. 
 
5th          The latest customs data shows that for the first time 
             ASEAN has become China's 4th largest trade partner. Over 
             the first two months of 2005, trade volume between the 
             two sides reached USD16.63 billion, a year-on-year rise 
             of 23.6 per cent. 
 
8th          The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry announces it 
             will organise a fact-finding trip to China from 28 April 
             to 2 May for local enterprises. The trip is aimed at 
             helping Vietnamese enterprises study the Chinese market 
             in order to boost their production and exports to the huge 
             market. In 2004, Vietnam earned USD2.73 billion from 
             exports to China, over double that of the previous year. 
 
             After a five-day meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, Laos and 
             China agree on the intersection point of the three 
             countries' borders. The three parties plan to physically 
             define the point at the specific site by late April, and 
             to sign an accord towards the end of 2005. 
 
             The Philippines' Agriculture Undersecretary Segfredo R. 
             Serrano, Jr. says that the Philippines' proposed Early 
             Harvest Programme with China is not likely to be finalized 
             in time for Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit later in 
             April. The Philippines has held off participation in the 
             programme, which began between China and other ASEAN 
             members in 2004, over disagreements on what products will 
             be excluded from the accelerated tariff reduction scheme. 
10th         Seven Asian economies, namely Japan, Thailand, the 
             Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia 
             discuss how to promote industrial goods trade as part 
             of trade liberalisation talks under the WTO, i. … 
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