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Cooperation between ASEAN and China was elevated to a higher level with the signing of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation by the leaders at the 6th ASEAN-China Summit in November 2002. The Agreement entered into force on 1 July 2003.

The Framework Agreement provided the legal basis for ASEAN and China to negotiate enabling agreements that have led to the creation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) on 1 January 2010 with special and differential treatment and flexibility for the newer ASEAN Member States of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (“the newer ASEAN Member States”)

The Framework Agreement comprises among others the provisions to establish ACFTA within 10 years, Trade in Goods, Early Harvest Programme, Trade in Services, Trade in Investment, Dispute Settlement Mechanism and Economic Co-operation.  

The ACFTA, implemented on 1 January 2010, provided the required platform for deepening economic engagement. The economic relations became more intense after the signing of the Framework Agreement and subsequently the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement in 2004 which provide a sound basis for increasing trade and investments flows between ASEAN and China. Between 2002 and 2014, over 10 key economic agreements and protocols were concluded. Agreements signed between ASEAN and China includes:

Agreement Date of Signing
The Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation  4 November 2002
First Protocol to Amend ASEAN-China Framework Agreement 6 October 2003
ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) in Goods 29 November 2004
ASEAN-China Trade Dispute Settlement Agreement 29 November 2004
Second Protocol to Amend ASEAN-China Framework Agreement 8 December 2006
First Protocol to Amend ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement in Goods 8 December 2006
ASEAN-China Trade in Services Agreement 14 January 2007
ASEAN-China Investment Agreement 15 August 2009
Second Protocol to Amend ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement in Goods 29 October 2010
Protocol to Implement the Second Package of Specific Commitments under the Agreement on Trade in Services 16 November 2011
Third Protocol to Amend ASEAN-China Framework Agreement 2 December 2006 19 November 2012
Protocol to Incorporate Technical Barriers to Trade and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures into the Agreement on Trade in Goods 19 November 2012
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