China - Southeast Asia

Chronology from Jul 2005 to Oct 2005

: Chinese Huawei Technologies, a leading telecom equipment supplier, signs commercial contract amounting to $30 million with Cambodia’s mobile operator AZ Communication Company Ltd.

: China and Vietnam agree to boost economic and trade cooperation, and fulfill the two-way trade target of $15 billion by 2010 at a meeting of the China-Vietnam Joint Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation.

: Chinese Embassy in Jakarta expresses dissatisfaction over Indonesian navy ship’s shooting on a Chinese fishing boat allegedly poaching in the Arafura Sea off Papua Island. The shooting killed one and wounded two crew members. On the 26th, China sends a working group to Indonesia to deal with the shoot-out.

: Wang Yingfan, vice chairman of the foreign affairs committee of China’s National People’s Congress, meets with ASEAN legislators at the 26th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO) General Assembly, held in Laos.

: Vice Premier Wu Yi takes a three-state trip to Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei and meets Singapore President S.R. Nathan, Thai PM Thaksin in Bangkok, and pays an official visit to Brunei.

: Ambassador to Indonesia Lan Lijun donates $1.5 million on behalf of the Chinese Government to the Aceh and Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency.

: Trade volume between China and ASEAN grew 25 percent in the first half of this year to $59.76 billion, making ASEAN the 4th largest trade partner of China.

: Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China’s Central Ministry Commission says that China will work with Thailand to promote development of relations between the two armed forces.

: Pacific Rim finance ministers meet and call for greater exchange rate flexibility in the region to address global current-account imbalances and increased policy coordination between oil producers and consumers to rein in crude oil prices.

: China and ASEAN hold in Beijing an intellectual property symposium.

: China and Malaysia sign MOU on defense cooperation, covering training agreements, information exchanges and framework for bilateral defense activities.

: Chinese Minister of National Defense Cao Gangchuan says Chinese armed forces hope to advance strategic cooperation with Malaysia, at a meeting with Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak.

: Vietnamese ambassador to China Tran Van Luat plays down South China Sea disputes between Vietnam and China.

: Participants at the China-ASEAN forum on legal cooperation and development adopt the “Nanning Declaration.”

: Chinese government donates six patrol vessels to Cambodia to help it strengthen marine security.

: Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla leaves for China and Japan in an effort to get new investment for Indonesia.

: China begins cooperation with the Philippines and Vietnam in a joint marine seismic undertaking in the South China Sea.

: An ASEAN Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies will be established as part of the group’s long-term strategy of promoting ties with China and increasing the region’s role in the international arena.

: The Chinese government provides Cambodia with goods and materials worth more than RMB 81.8 million (about $10.1 million) to improve infrastructure.

: Singapore PM Lee Hsien-loong reiterates his country’s adherence to the one-China policy.

: First meeting of China-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group ends in Qingdao. Participants including Chinese former FM Qian Qichen and other eminent persons from ASEAN countries, look at progress in China-ASEAN dialogue, confer on the situation and future prospects of Sino-ASEAN relations.

: Workshop on Policing Exchange and Cooperation begins in Beijing. More than 80 police officers from 10 ASEAN countries, China, Japan, and South Korea discuss enhancement of exchanges and cooperation, as well as security measures for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

: China and Myanmar sign agreement on nickel mineral exploration and feasibility study.

: China and Singapore start a cooperation program to build Asia’s largest desalination plant in north China’s port city Tianjin.

: Hainan Natural Rubber Industry Corporation, China’s No.1 rubber producer, signs framework cooperation agreement with Vietnam General Rubber Corp.

: Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni Cambodian pays a state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Hu. It is Sihamoni’s first state visit abroad and his visit to China as a king. He also meets Premier Wen.

: Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo calls for claimants to territories in the South China Sea should adopt a formal Code of Conduct.

: China loans money and technology to Cambodia for a CDMA2000 (Code Division Multiple Access) phone system.

: Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Jia Qinglin says China is ready to work with Vietnam to promote bilateral ties, in a meeting with Do Duy Thuong, vice chairman of Presidium of Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

: In a speech read by representative Liu Yongxing, Chinese ambassador to Laos, at the 12th ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting, Chinese FM Li urges Asia-Pacific countries to hold to the goal of common security.

: Chinese Science and Technology Minister Xu Guanhua signs agreement with Thai counterpart Korn Dabbaransi to push cooperation in science and technology.

: Presidents Hu Jintao and SBY oversee signing of five agreements, ranging from defense cooperation to Chinese language teaching, on the 55th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

: Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council Senior Gen. Than Shwe and Prime Minister Gen. Soe Win meet with visiting Chinese FM Li. Both sides express wishes to further develop friendship, and economic and trade ties.

: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) arrives in Beijing for a four-day state visit. Accompanied by a 100-member delegation, he will also visit Shenzhen in Guangdong Province.

: ASEAN foreign ministers endorse establishment of ASEAN-China Joint Working Group to study and recommend measures to translate provisions of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea into cooperative activities.

: Philippines government and business leaders say China’s move to let market forces determine the value of its currency strengthen the peso against the U.S. dollar, which will have positive effects on the Philippine economy.

: Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing visits Vientiane for the ASEAN+3 (A+3) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference, and the 12th Regional Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. On July 27, he leaves Vientiane for a state visit to Myanmar, which is initially scheduled to start only after the ARF ends.

: Delegation of CCP Central Committee Office, led by Mao Linkun, visits Vietnam and Laos.

: Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo meets delegation from China Shenyang International Economic and Technical Cooperation Corp (CSIETCC) at the Malacanang presidential palace. CSIETCC plans to construct and develop a $100 million freeport zone in Ilocos Sur Province in the northern Philippines.

: Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie says China’s revaluation of the yuan will have a minor impact on the Indonesian economy.

: Taiwanese Cabinet-level Council for Economic Planning and Development Chairman Hu Sheng-cheng, accompanied by Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission Vice Minister Liao Sheng-hsiung, heads to Bangkok for 15th annual meeting of a federation of Taiwanese associations in Asia July 22-25.

: After China moves to a managed floating exchange rate regime, Monetary Authority of Singapore says it will not have a major impact on the Singapore dollar or the country’s exchange rate regime; Malaysia scraps ringgit peg to U.S. dollar and opts for a managed float system; Bank of Thailand says China’s decision will help the global economy and reduce pressure on the baht.

: An 11-member delegation from Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, led by Legislative Deputy Speaker David J.C. Chung, heads for Southeast Asia to step up parliamentary exchanges with several countries in the region.

: China and ASEAN grant each other most favored nation status and start operation of the planned ASEAN-China Free Trade Area.

: Indonesian government expands number of product categories in the Sensitive Product and Highly Sensitive Product in the China and ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement.

: Chinese and Vietnamese businessmen sign 14 deals totaling $1.071 billion at a Beijing business forum during President Tran Duc Luong’s visit to China.

: Vietnam President Tran Duc Luong pays five-day official visit to China.

: CCP delegation led by Hu Jiayan, deputy secretary of the CCP Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Regional Committee, visits Singapore. Afterward, Hu attends a conference of the United Malays National Organization in Malaysia and visits Thailand.

: Malaysian government bans Falun Gong related publication Epoch Times for carrying negative reports about China and affecting bilateral relations.

: Wang Zhaoguo, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, meets Philippine youth delegation visiting China July 11-18, and says will further enhance exchanges between youths of China and the Philippines.

: Second ASEAN, China, Japan, and South Korea Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) held in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

: Officials from ASEAN, China, Japan, and South Korea meet in Vientiane to discuss national anti-poverty programs.

: Taiwan donates 100 doses of vaccine to Vietnam to help fight avian flu.

: Delegation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) led by Xi Jinping, member of the Central Committee of the CCP and secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Committee of the CCP, visits Laos, DPRK, and ROK.

: ASEAN+3 agree to increase rice reserves to 200,000 metric tons from 87,000 MT to establish food security in the region.

: Beijing-backed Citic Resources says it is no longer pursuing a stake in Thai Petrochemical Industry, citing delays and unexpected complications.

: Chinese Minister of National Defense Cao Gangchuan says Chinese armed forces are ready to join with the Thai army for bilateral friendly military cooperation.

: About 200 business people and trade officials convene at China-ASEAN Business Forum in Beihai; Siva Yam, president of the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce says ASEAN will benefit much more from the Free Trade Area arrangement than China.

: Thailand’s Minister of Defense Oud Buangbon holds talks with deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in Beijing.

: Cheng Siwei, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, meets delegation of young Philippine political leaders in Beijing.

: At the second summit of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation, China continued its support of the region with infrastructure, development, and energy projects.

: Myanmar and China sign $290 million worth of contracts and memoranda in Kunming.

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