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(January 22, 2019) Asean must make EU a strategic partner - Kavi Chongkittavorn

 Asean can be vicious, as relations with the European Union demonstrate. At the Chiang Mai retreat last week, the official status of the EU as a new strategic dialogue partner was one of the prominent issues taken up by Asean foreign ministers. The press statement issued by the chair simply said that the EU's status, which Asean has agreed in principle, is still subject "to further details and time to be worked out". In a nutshell, it is still in limbo.

 

Deep down, quite a few Asean members are resentful over the EU's condescending attitude toward them, whether it has been over trade or human rights issues. "The EU loves to make Asean furious, if not belittle us," commented one diplomat whose country objected to granting the EU elevated status without a strong commitment to respect "the Asean way" in return.

www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1615446/asean-must-make-eu-a-strategic-partner


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