About The Project

China is rapidly pumping investments into Southeast Asia on the back of their expanding trade volume. Chinese investments in the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) total about U.S.$12 billion, according to figures cited by the ASEAN secretariat on Oct. 21, 2011.

Bilateral trade is close to U.S.$300 billion, ASEAN says. China is ASEAN's largest trading partner and second largest export market, and ASEAN is China's third largest trading partner. Their free trade agreement, the world's largest by population, took effect on Jan. 1, 2010.