Mr. Zhang Xuegang is an Associate Professor in China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). He specializes in Southeast Asian security studies and China-U.S.-ASEAN trilateral relations. His recent publications and papers are Sea-lane Security and International Cooperation (co-edited, CICIR Publishing House, January 2005); Southeast Asia: Gateway to Stability (China Security, World Security Institute, Vol 3 No. 2, Spring 2007); Retrospect and Prospect for China-ASEAN Relations (Contemporary International Relations,CICIR,No.1,2007).
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Southeast Asia is represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a bloc of 10 countries in the region, which covers the most strategically important area for China’s energy