Published: Sat, November 02, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

ASEAN leaders meet in Thailand

ASEAN leaders meet in Thailand

The prime minister in Thailand on a three-day visit to attend the 16th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, the 14th East Asia Summit, and the third Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit.

Asean leaders approved the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Concept this June in Bangkok.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is chairing the meeting, emphasized ASEAN's stance to further strengthen ties among its members as well as relationships with non-member states.

The prime minister will attend India-ASEAN summit, East Asia Summit and the RCEP Summit during his stay here from November 2-4.

The FAT chief added that Infantino will also sign a memorandum of understanding with Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam - the five Southeast Asian nations who are spearheading a potential joint bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2034.

PM Modi addressed the Indian community after reaching Bangkok today.

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David Stilwell, the State Department's assistant secretary for East Asia and the Pacific, will also be in Bangkok, but the USA delegation will be significantly outranked by other regional players including, Japan, India and China.

Asian diplomats told Reuters agency that the lack of top-level U.S. representation in Bangkok would be a significant, if not unexpected, disappointment in a region increasingly concerned about China's fast-expanding influence.

"We recognise the high ambitions of our partners on goods".

The objective of launching RCEP negotiations is to achieve a modern, comprehensive, high-quality, and mutually beneficial economic partnership agreement among the ASEAN member states and the bloc's free trade area partners.

Matthew Goodman, senior adviser for Asian economics at Washington's Centre for Strategic and International Studies think tank, called U.S. attendance plans for Bangkok "a real issue". "And in the Indo-Pacific, that's definitely true", he told a news briefing previewing the summits. Apart from leaders of 10 Asean countries head of Eight dialogue partner countries including India, USA China, Japan, republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand are also participating in the summit.

A joint statement is expected to be released after the leaders' scheduled summit on Monday.

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