Issue 10

The Overseas Chinese Question in Sino-Burmese Relations Viewed from Declassified Documents of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The overseas Chinese question is an important theme in the relations between China and Southeast Asian countries during the Cold War. Although China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs declassified relevant documents from the 1950s in January 2004 and May 2006, Chinese scholars in the field of overseas Chinese and Southeast Asian studies have not made good use of them. This essay, based on the newly [...]

The Study of Southeast Asian Languages in China: Present Situation and Future Trends

 Kyoto Review for Southeast Asia Issue 10 (August 2008): Southeast Asian Studies in China  Due to their geographical location, China and the ASEAN countries have long maintained close ties, especially since 1991, when the two sides established a dialogue relationship. In November 2002, the leaders of China and the ASEAN counties signed the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic [...]

On the Relationship between Cheng Ho and Islam in Southeast Asia

 From 1405 to 1433, during his seven expeditions overseas, did Cheng Ho participate in spreading Islam? While there is no relevant record in historical archives in China, many records and tales in Southeast Asian countries demonstrate well that Cheng Ho did help the spread of Islam there. However, do these records and tales really match the historical facts? The questions above merit further [...]

Multi-Topic Dialogues and Broader Cooperation within the ASEAN Framework

In recent years, interaction and communication among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is becoming more frequent and close. The development and improvement of ASEAN mechanisms for regional cooperation has led to a growing tendency for more diversified topics to be on the agenda at ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meetings, Summits, and the various specialized symposia and [...]