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Diplomacy, Economics

World powers converge on Bangkok as ASEAN presents opportunities, challenges

A Foreign Ministers meeting in Bangkok has drawn in all the major players.
At first glance, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting taking place in Bangkok this week does seem to have a familiar agenda.
Issues like regional economic integration, member-states’ diplomatic concerns and combating climate change are being thrashed out behind closed doors as per usual.
What is unusual about the meeting, though, is the number of foreign dignitaries attending – seats that traditionally were empty or filled with aids and assistants are being occupied by heavy hitters from Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, the US and beyond.
US-China Trade War
Among those attending the meetings and holding closed-door bilaterals with the region’s ministers is Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
With Beijing involved in a long drawn-out economic wa

By Cod Satrusayang

August 1, 2019


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