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  • China–Asean Relations July 2021 to September 2021:Chronology of Events
  • Chen Juan (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 (i) a chronology of events and (ii) important documents.

—the Editors

JULY 2021

14th The 2021 ASEAN Media Partners Forum, hosted by China Media Group (CMG), convenes in Beijing, China. The forum launches the "ASEAN Media Partners" cooperation mechanism, through which China's CCTV+ rolls out a programme called AgriToday to promote the country's agricultural technology to ASEAN partners. Vietnam News Agency and Vietnam Rural TV of the Voice of Vietnam sign a cooperation agreement with CCTV+. Chinese and ASEAN media representatives also participate in an online panel discussion themed "Media Cooperation & Regional Development" to discuss related topics on fighting against fake news and media bias.
15th Vietnam and China hold diplomatic consultations at the deputy ministerial level. Both sides exchange views on territorial border and maritime affairs, and agree to handle their differences in accordance with the Agreement on the Basic Principles Guiding the Settlement of Searelated Issues between China and Vietnam. They also express willingness to advance maritime cooperation.
Indonesian and Chinese participants virtually convene via video link at the Secretary-General Special Meeting on Anti-Pandemic and Public Health, as part of the China–Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao co-chairs the meeting with Indonesian Deputy Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Deputy Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Odo R.M. Manuhutu. Both sides exchange views on strengthening cooperation on public health and fighting the pandemic. The Indonesian side hopes that China will continue to help the country overcome the pandemic. China reiterates willingness to support Indonesia in building a regional vaccine production centre.
16th New Zealand, the host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Leaders' Retreat for 2021, holds the meeting via videoconference. Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the meeting and makes a four-point proposal. Xi highlights the need to (i) strengthen international cooperation on the COVID-19 response; (ii) deepen regional economic integration; (iii) pursue inclusive and sustainable development; and (iv) seize opportunities for scientific and technological innovation.
19th Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah exchange congratulatory messages on the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of China–ASEAN Dialogue Relations. Both sides commend the achievements of their partnership over the years, including their joint efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
28th The opening ceremony of the Conference on Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN–China Dialogue Relations, hosted by the China Institute of International Studies, is held virtually. State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the event and delivers a speech titled "Build on Past Achievements and Scale New Heights". Wang puts forward a five-point proposal to cultivate a more productive and robust China–ASEAN relationship. First, China will uphold good neighbourliness and enhance strategic mutual trust with ASEAN; second, it will put people first and deepen COVID-19 response cooperation; third, it will focus on development and foster new growth drivers; fourth, it will safeguard peace and stability with ASEAN and is ready to step up dialogue and consultation with the parties concerned on the South China Sea issue; fifth, it will work with ASEAN to safeguard the UN-centred international system and the basic norms governing international relations. Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi highlights in his speech that China's support for ASEAN centrality, ASEAN's community-building and integration process, as well as active participation in the ASEAN-led regional mechanisms are a testament to China's support for regionalism and multilateralism.

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