ASEAN-China dialogue relations started when H.E. Qian Qichen, the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China attended the opening session of the 24th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in July 1991 in Kuala Lumpur as a guest of the Malaysian Government. China expressed its keen interest to cooperate with ASEAN for mutual benefit. China was accorded full Dialogue Partner status at the 29th AMM in July 1996 in Jakarta.
At the 7th ASEAN-China Summit in October 2003 in Bali, the Joint Declaration of the Heads of State/Government on Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity was signed. A five-year (2005-2010) Plan of Action was adopted in 2004 to implement the Joint Declaration. The Plan of Action has served as the master plan to broaden and deepen ASEAN-China dialogue relations in a comprehensive and mutually beneficial manner with the view of strengthening the strategic partnership for regional peace, development and prosperity. A new five year Plan of Action (2011-2015) was adopted at the 13th ASEAN-China Summit in October 2010 in Ha Noi.
ASEAN and China had agreed to cooperate on eleven priority areas of cooperation, namely agriculture, information and communication technology, human resource development, Mekong Basin Development, investment, energy, transport, culture, public health, tourism and environment.
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