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.
CHINA-ASEAN RELATIONS, MAY 2012 TO AUGUST 2012: CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
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.
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. …