Edited by Lucyna Czechowska, Andriy Tyushka, Agata Domachowska, Karolina Gawron-Tabor and Joanna Piechowiak-Lamparska
Chapter 11: Doomed to cooperate? The ASEAN–China partnership
ASEAN’s strategic partners network features ten Dialogue Partners that represent the developed as well as developing countries. China became ASEAN’s full Dialogue Partner in 1996, and only seven years after it succeeded in upgrading the relationship to the strategic partnership level. Remarkably, the cooperation between the partners is truly multidimensional, involving political dialogue, economic integration agenda, socio-cultural relations and consultations on regional and international security. Still, economics has remained the cornerstone of this partnership, with China being currently the largest trading partner of ASEAN and ASEAN, in turn, ranking as the third most important partner of China. At the same time, the China–ASEAN partnership features some unresolved issues. The main challenge to the partnership proves to be maritime security, especially with regard to the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
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