Key Events Among China-ASEAN Communication
July 19, 1991: Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen is invited to the opening ceremony of the 24th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting, marking the start of formal contact between China and ASEAN.
July 1994: China attends the first meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Thailand as a consultative partner.
April 3-4, 1995: The first Sino-ASEAN consultation at vice foreign ministerial level is held in Hangzhou, China.
July 25, 1996: The ASEAN Standing Committee elevates the status of China from consultative partnership to full dialogue partnership.
December 15, 1997: Chinese President Jiang Zemin attends the First "10+3" Informal Summit attended by leaders of ASEAN, China, Japan and South Korea.
November 5, 2001: At the Fifth China-ASEAN Summit in Brunei, the two sides agree on the establishment of a free trade area in the next 10 years.
November 4, 2002: Leaders of China and ASEAN sign the Framework Agreement on China-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Cooperation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, kicking off the free trade area process, which is scheduled to be established by 2010.
April 29, 2003: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends the China-ASEAN leaders' special meeting on SARS in Bangkok.
October 8, 2003: At the Ninth ASEAN Summit in Bali, Indonesia, China accedes to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and signs a joint declaration on strategic partnership for peace and prosperity.
November 6, 2004: The First China-ASEAN Expo is held in Nanning, China, which shows the enthusiasm and determination of China to forge and further improve ties with ASEAN members.
November 29, 2004: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attends the Eighth China-ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, capital of the Laos.
December 12, 2005: At the Ninth China-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao puts forward initiatives to ensure more vigorous and fruitful growth of relations between China and ASEAN.
October 30, 2006: The Commemorative Summit marking the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN Dialogue Relations is convened in China's southern city of Nanning.
January 14, 2007: China and ASEAN countries sign the Agreement on Trade in Services of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area in Cebu, the Philippines. Under the agreement, China will allow auto maintenance companies from ASEAN countries to set up wholly owned subsidiaries in China.