ASEAN and China to increase their strategic partnership

The 14th ASEAN-China Summit was held Friday in Bali, Indonesia, with the participation of ASEAN leaders, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan.

This event was especially to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the regional association and China.

The ASEAN leaders are determined to maintain relationships of “good neighbor, good friend and good partner” and to bring the relations of strategic partnership to a new height in political, security, economy, culture and society, as well as in regional and international cooperation.

Policy and security: the two sides agreed to enhance mutual understanding and friendship through the exchange of high-level delegations and organizing dialogues and consultations at various levels, to follow fully the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, to respect the independence, sovereignty and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs in accordance with international law.

They agreed to closely cooperate in disarmament and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction through the institutions and regional and international frameworks. China reaffirmed its firm support of the efforts of ASEAN to establish a region free of nuclear weapons, saying be prepared to sign a treaty on nuclear-free zone in Southeast Asia (SEANWFZ). The two sides agreed to exploit the existing bilateral and multilateral cooperation frameworks.

With regard to maritime cooperation and the issue of the East Sea, they noted the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, including the approval of the principles, pledging to follow it fully.

The two sides welcomed the opening of the first discussions on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea and agreed to cooperate to ensure the security and freedom of shipping in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982.

In terms of economic cooperation, the ASEAN member countries welcomed the strong support of China’s integration agenda and the creation of the ASEAN Community. Both parties are committed to fully and effectively execute the agreements within the ASEAN-China Free Trade framework, to achieve the objective of increasing bilateral trade in 2015 to 500 billion, as well as to increase Chinese investment in ASEAN.

The two sides welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN-China in Beijing, hoping that actively contributes to the development and acceleration of trade, investment, tourism and culture between the countries of the ASEAN and China. They agreed on promoting cooperation and the integration and connectivity within ASEAN and between ASEAN and China through the Global Plan of connectivity of ASEAN.

The leaders said they were determined to promote cooperation in the management and sustainable use of water resources to ensure the existence of populations such as food security of the countries concerned.

Regarding the socio-cultural cooperation, ASEAN and China have decided to accelerate and promote exchanges between peoples through cultural exchanges, educational, sports and youth, and to strive to share experiences in reaction against common threats such as climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development, in particular to coordinate the international negotiations on climate change …

With regard to regional and international cooperation, both sides agreed to consult closely to accelerate cooperation in the region of East Asia and within the existing structures on the principle of regional role Central in the ASEAN region, to ensure transparency, openness and harmonization of these structures, including cooperation in East Asia. They stated that the cooperation of the ASEAN +3 remains the primary driver of the continued long-term objective which is the establishment of a Community of East Asia.

ASEAN reaffirmed the one China policy and highly appreciated the active contributions of the latter to the problems of the world. China supported the objectives and principles of relations of mutual interest defined for the Summit of East Asia and the ASEAN Joint Declaration on global issues (Bali Concord III).