International Views on China joining ASEAN Watch
((forgive me if that's not the way stuff is done around here. I've never been in MUN before ))
China is situated in the South East of Asia, and therefore India sees no reason why she should not be admitted to join this organisation.
China, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, etc = East Asia
Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, etc = South East Asia
India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc = South Asia (arguably Central Asia?)
There is a thin dividing line.
We do not have that radically a different focus, we are in tune with the rest of the region signified by the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.
We want to see a commitment from China - significant contributions to the region, before we agree.
Next thing you know Japan will want to join us, then South Korea, then North Korea.
The entire purpose of ASEAN would be nullified.
China feels we are more affiliated with countries such as Malaysia than Japan. Afterall, it was Chinese Tin Prospectors who founded Kuala Lumpur, now Malaysia's capital, it was the Chinese who resided in Singapore before anybody, reports as early as the 3rd century vouch for that. China and South East Asia are inextricably bound, more than China and Japan ever could be. As the Singaporean Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said to the ASEAN, "China's growth is a great oppertunity at all".
More ties between China and the ASEAN can only be a good thing, last year "China's total trade volume reached 1.42 trillion U.S. dollars, and more than half of the trade was with Asia." (Source - news.xinhuanet.com)
We do not deny that China's growth is anything but beneficial to the region, but that does not automatically deem China suitable for membership in ASEAN.
We are willing to consider giving China observer status in ASEAN, but by no means will we concede to the immediate granting of membership in this exclusive organisation.
I'm not suggesting that you should only contribute without money. But indications are that China's interest in the region has only been ignited in recent times.
Demonstrate an interest by taking up observer status. By sending expert teams to assist in avian influenza research. By promoting trade and investment in south-east asia. By forming strong defence links with individual member countries. etc.
Anyhow to the Malaysian delegate, why haven't we discussed this internally (amongst ASEAN member countries) first!