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
OCTOBER 2009 TO MARCH 2010:
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
Compiled by LIM Chee Kia
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."
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
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. …