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(November 23, 2018) Asean summit season ends with more risks - Thitinan Pongsudhirak

 The prominence and utility of Asean as a regional platform for peace and prosperity is demonstrated most vividly in a series of top-level meetings among its leaders and counterparts from other major powers, particularly the United States, China and Japan, among others. That Asean's summit season this year has ended with a whimper and acrimony bodes ill for what lies ahead. As the Asean Chair in 2019, Thailand should feel more pressed and incentivised to get its house in order with an elected government that can function effectively before major Asean meetings get under way next year.

While the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Singapore should have been the headline meeting, as was the case in the past because this grouping of 18 countries include the US, China, Russia, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand apart from the 10 Asean member states, this was not the case. Instead, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, stole the show in a controversial fashion.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1580502/asean-summit-season-ends-with-more-risks


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