China-ASEAN Sub-Regional Cooperation: Progress, Problems, by Mingjiang Li, Chong Guan Kwa

By Mingjiang Li, Chong Guan Kwa

This ebook is an edited quantity approximately China-ASEAN kinfolk with contributions from specialists dependent in China and Singapore. The ebook features a few first-class papers that have been provided at a convention the editor prepared in October 2009 and likewise different study papers. They research China-ASEAN kinfolk from a sub-regional cooperation point of view. The ebook discusses and analyzes China-ASEAN cooperation within the better Mekong River Sub-region (GMS), the rising Pan-Beibu financial area, ASEAN's development triangles, and the hydraulic energy region, in addition to China-ASEAN fiscal family within the wake of the monetary situation. They rigorously evaluate the progresses which were completed, learn new coverage proposals which have been placed forth, and discover difficulties that exist in a majority of these sub-regional cooperation schemes among China and ASEAN.

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In addition, a large number of Chinese citizens have migrated to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand illegally, which has led to social problems for these countries. The problems are mainly that the Chinese people do not comply with local laws and customs, compete for profits with local people and even commit crimes. Third, the long-existing armed ethnic conflict along the China-Myanmar border and ethnic movement in Laos have a certain impact on cross-border ethnic populations in China. Moreover, the Chinese government is very discontented with the unsolved drug problem in Myanmar as well as the resurgence of casinos in northern Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

This does not mean that the East-West Economic Corridor is not important but that the behavior of Japan has broken the spirit and rule of GMS Cooperation. In late July 2009, Hillary Clinton held an informal consultation with the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam after the ASEAN Regional Forum. The US tried to build a new framework for US-Mekong cooperation with the four countries. This caused a new imbalance since the framework did not include Myanmar. The Gap between Ambitions and Actions GMS countries have organized a number of forums, conferences and seminars since 1992, but most of them have not been very helpful.

Yunnan’s participation in GMS Cooperation has become an effective carrier of CAFTA. It has played a major role in deepening the economic and trade relations between China and other GMS countries and promoted the construction of a series of major infrastructure projects and cooperation in the ecological environment, social development and other fields. It also made useful attempts to eliminate the institutional obstacles in regional economic cooperation and made great contributions furthering the development of friendship between China and its GMS neighbors.

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