ASEAN SUMMIT BEGINS ONLINE MEETINGS WITH REGIONAL LEADERS
12 nov 2020
On thursday vietnam president highlited the challenges faced by the southeast asian nations due to this covid pandemic he reported on a online held up. China, South Korea, and India were also included in the thursday's summit. ASEAN leaders had their first summit with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The summit included the topics regarding South China Sea disputes, the coronavirus and trade. The spread of the virus was apparent with Cambodia being represented by its deputy prime minister rather than long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. “This year, peace and security have been facing greater threat as the result of compounding risk rising from the unpredictable conduct of states, major power rivalry and frictions that challenged the international multilateral system, increasingly non-traditional security issues and the rise of extremist tendency,” said Phuc in front of some 200 Vietnamese officials.Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was called for the benefif of their people during this pandemic. He also said that “More than ever, nations all over the world need peace, stability and development. Its people need to be cared for and protected to overcome this difficult time,”. On sunday a seperate part of meeting was to be conducted with china completion of free trade economy. India backed out the plan last year and it does not include the United States, despite America's USD 2 trillion in trade with the region.