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  • China-ASEAN Relations, May 2012 to August 2012:Chronology of Events
  • Wu Dan (bio)

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.

— the Editors

May 2012

7th Chinese Vice Foreign Minister, Fu Ying, calls a meeting with Alex Chua, Chargé 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. [End Page 149]
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.

June 2012

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. China contends that it infringes upon China's territorial sovereignty: China believes it has indisputable sovereignty over Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters.
27th Vietnam calls plans by China to invite foreign oil firms to tender for exploration rights in a disputed area in the South China Sea "illegal" and a serious "violation of Vietnam's sovereignty". The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announces that a new batch of nine offshore exploration blocks, "in waters under jurisdiction of the People's Republic of China", are open to foreign bids. Vietnam's foreign ministry says in a statement that the blocks in question lay "deep inside Vietnam's exclusive economic zone", while its state-owned oil firm, Petro Vietnam, calls on foreign companies to boycott the invitation to tender. Hanoi says the territory being offered by China includes blocks that it...

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ISSN
0219-8614
Print ISSN
0219-7472
Pages
pp. 149-152
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-12
Open Access
No
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