China-Southeast Asia Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications for the United States [December 7, 2004] [open pdf - 202KB]
"In November 2004, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN includes Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) agreed to gradually remove tariffs and create the world's largest free trade area by 2010. China is also beginning to develop bilateral and multilateral security relationships with Southeast Asian states. This report explores what is behind this shift in China - ASEAN relations and how it may affect American interests in the region. The key policy issue for Congress to assess how the United States should view China's expanding posture in Southeast Asia and decide what is the best way to react to this phenomenon. This report also may be of assistance to Congressional decision-makers as they review legislation such as S. 3016 (108th Congress), a bill to promote freedom, economic growth, and security in Asia. This report will be updated as required."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32688