China Proposing to Host ASEAN Ministers Next Month

China Proposing to Host ASEAN Ministers Next Month

Leaders from Chinese and ASEAN defense ministries and official from the ASEAN Secretariat pose for a group photo on October 16, 2015 [Image: China Defense Ministry]

The proposed meeting follows a flurry of Chinese engagements with Southeast Asia in recent months.

China is proposing to host a foreign ministerial meeting with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next month, a summit that would extend and consolidate a recent Chinese diplomatic offensive in Southeast Asia.

Citing Chinese government sources, Mainichi Japan reported on Friday that the Chinese government is considering hosting a summit with ASEAN foreign ministers in a city other than the capital Beijing.

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