Upon the ASEAN-China Special Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, it is worth recalling the achievements of bilateral cooperation in the maritime field.
First, the multi-layered maritime cooperation mechanism is becoming complete.
The signing of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in 2002 and the establishment of the China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation Fund are two landmark bilateral maritime cooperation feats. They advanced the build-up of the multi-layered and multifaceted maritime cooperation mechanism. Notably, the Senior Officials’ Meeting and the Joint Working Group Meeting were established to implement the declaration.
Second, maritime economic cooperation, represented by fisheries and tourism, has developed rapidly.
Maritime economic cooperation between China and ASEAN has expanded from traditional industries such as fisheries and shipments to new ones, including tourism, technology and higher…