Relations with China Relations with China China has all the members of ASEAN to establish diplomatic relations, and in 1996 became a full dialogue partner of ASEAN. In recent years, the smooth development of relations between China and ASEAN, frequent high-level exchanges, political ties are growing. December 1997, President Jiang Zemin to attend the ASEAN - China, Japan, South Korea summit informal meetings with the ASEAN leaders had separate meetings. The two sides issued the &quot;China - ASEAN Summit Joint Statement,&quot; established in China - Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the 21st century good-neighborly partnership of mutual trust direction and guiding principles. December 1998, Vice President Hu Jintao attended the second meeting, held in Hanoi in China - an informal meeting of ASEAN leaders. November 1999, in November 2000 and November 2001, Premier Zhu Rongji attended the third meeting held in the Philippines, held in Singapore in fourth and the fifth held in Brunei China - ASEAN Summit. At the Fifth China-ASEAN summit, the two sides agreed to set up 10 years of China - ASEAN Free Trade Area, and authorized the national economic ministers and senior officials to begin negotiations as soon as possible. Premier Zhu also proposed that agriculture, information industry, human resources development and the Mekong River Basin development, etc. for the new century to determine the focus of China-ASEAN cooperation in the field, endorsed by ASEAN leaders. To support the ASEAN integration process, ASEAN members will be Premier Zhu announced that the three least developed countries, namely Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, to provide special preferential tariff treatment. China and the ASEAN foreign ministers held annual meetings and senior officials discuss the economy and other senior officials. Both sides are brewing Minister of Transport will set up mechanisms. In addition, the two sides of China - ASEAN Economic and Trade Joint Committee, China - ASEAN Science and Technology Board, the China - ASEAN Joint Cooperation Committee and the ASEAN dialogue framework of the Commission, Beijing, and in November 2001 set up the China-ASEAN Business Council. Between China and ASEAN frequent high-level political contacts. 2001 dignitaries visiting ASEAN countries are: Malaysia&#39;s Supreme Head of State Sudansala Hu D (April 24-29), Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (February 26-27, October 20-21), Thai The princess (in February, August), Prime Minister Thaksin (August 27-29), Cambodian Senate President Chea Sim (March), Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (October 29-31), the Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Song Lengsavad (April 16-24 days), Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (May 15), Singapore President SR Nathan (September 12-21 days), Mentor Lee Kuan Yew (June 7-12), CPV General Secretary Nong Duc Manh (Nov. 30-12 4 months), National Assembly Deputy Meishu Lin, Vu Dinh Cu (July, August), the Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Cong Tan, Nguyen Manh Cam (October, November). In 2001, the Chinese leaders to visit ASEAN are: Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited Myanmar (December 12-15), Li Peng to visit Cambodia (May 18-27 days), Brunei (May 21-23 Japan), Vietnam (September 7-10), Premier Zhu Rongji&#39;s visit to Thailand (May 18-22), Indonesia (November 7-11), CPPCC Chairman Li to visit Singapore (November 18-23), Vice President Hu Jintao&#39;s visit to Vietnam (April 19-22). Furthermore, President Jiang Zemin met with China to attend the APEC meeting, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, the leaders of six countries. In 2001, bilateral trade between China and ASEAN amounted to 41.62 billion U.S. dollars, up 5.3%. Which I exported 18.39 billion U.S. dollars, up 6.9%; imports 23.23 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 4.7%. Trade deficit of 4.8 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 0.1%. ASEAN and China are each other&#39;s No. 5 and 6 of the largest trading partner. Association of Southeast Asian Nations Association of Southeast Asian Nations referred to as &quot;ASEAN.&quot; It is a regional economic organization, is a development of regional cooperation to share resources and premises. Southeast drought, floods frequently, the forest was extensive damage, resources and more serious environmental problems. Therefore, the ASEAN countries attach great importance to the region&#39;s environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources, take it as their own and Southeast Asia, long-term economic development. Densely populated Chinese community Southeast Asia is the world&#39;s densely populated areas. Population distribution in the plains and river delta areas. Southeast Asia&#39;s race to the yellow race-based. Southeast Asia is the world&#39;s highest concentration of overseas Chinese and overseas Chinese in the world. Currently, about 2,000 million Chinese in Southeast Asia, overseas Chinese and overseas Chinese of the world total more than 80%. Chinese in Southeast Asia Late 19th early 20th century, large numbers of poor Chinese from Guangdong, Fujian and other places from their homes &quot;to Southeast Asia&quot; (Southeast Asia) to make a living. They wasteland, digging mines. Development in Southeast Asia have made great contributions. Now, they have considerable number of people living in the country of nationality has been made, there are some people still retain the nationality of China. ?