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As a research institute based in Singapore, EAI keeps track of developments in relations and interactions between China and the individual countries of Southeast Asia as well as the ASEAN grouping as a whole. Two particular items are presented: (1) chronology of events in China-ASEAN relations, and (2) important documents, such as speeches and agreements.

- the Editors

April

2nd
The Chinese Defence Minister Cao Gangchuan ends his visit to Thailand, thus winding up a tour to three Asian countries (India, Pakistan and Thailand). Both sides exchange views on various international issues and the regional situation at their meeting.

12th
The Chinese Government donates a batch of wushu (Chinese martial arts) equipment to the Indonesian Wushu Association in an effort to promote these arts in Indonesia. Founded only last year, the Indonesian Wushu Association is gearing up for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where it is hoped that wushu will be included as an official medal event. The Association has invited wushu masters from China's Henan province to train its practitioners.

14th
The Chinese and Vietnamese Ministries of Public Securities sign in Hanoi a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on dealing with crime and ensuring security in the shared border areas. Both sides agree to take practical measures to prevent the trafficking of women, children, drugs and counterfeit money, [End Page 174] and crime relating to weapons and explosives. They also reach a consensus on tightening the management of entry-exit activities to prevent illegal immigration, and holding meetings on a regular basis at both central and local levels.

17th
Aiming to introduce Thai language and literature to the Chinese, the CP & ECI Group, a subsidiary of the Charoen Pokphand Group, in cooperation with Thammasat University, establishes "CP & ECI Teaching Awards" for university students and lecturers who contribute to the promotion of Thai language studies in China.

22nd
Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew meets Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong in Beijing and proclaims Suzhou Industrial Park as a model for successful Sino-Singapore cooperation. He said both sides should celebrate the great achievements of the industrial park, which marks its 10th anniversary this year.

23rd
The first ASEAN Plus China, Japan and Korea Health Ministers Meeting in Penang, Malaysia, announces a commitment to enhance cooperation in the health sector and give priority to urgent concerns for emerging infectious diseases. The meeting identified initial areas of focus, including health promotion, primary health care concerns, provision of life-saving drugs, advocacy and special care programmes for vulnerable groups. Other related fields are capacity-building for health professionals, health care financing and development of health care systems.

25th
A convoy of 49 cars carrying 150 Chinese businessmen and journalists from Kunming on a tour of six ASEAN countries arrives in Chiang Rai, Thailand, as part of a plan to promote trade and investment links. It left Kunming on 23 April, passing through Kengtung in Myanmar and was to travel 10,000 kilometres through six ASEAN countries under the China-ASEAN Business Caravan Plan, completing their tour in Singapore on 10 May.

26th
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) says that Singapore will continue its promotion plans in China aimed at wooing tourists despite recent reports of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) cases in China. The Board is offering Chinese tourists special travel offers and simplifying their visa application procedures. As of 28 April they can be granted a social visa to enter Singapore within a day, and the number of Chinese tourist agencies applying for such a visa for the Chinese tourists will rise from 43 to 66.

May

4th
The Complementary Protocol on the China-Vietnam Agreement on Fishery Cooperation (AFC) in Beibu Bay is signed in Beijing. It details the range and [End Page 175] management of waters designated in the AFC as coming under "transitional arrangements". The AFC was signed in December 2000 and was expected to take effect before 30 June 2004.

The two countries began negotiations on the demarcation problems in Beibu Bay existing since 1993. To solve the fishery problems following the demarcation, the two parties began in 2000 to negotiate fishery cooperation.

14th
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei...

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