ASEAN is a regional grouping come into power 8 August 1967 and Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia that promotes economic, political, and security cooperation among its ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore,Thailand, and Vietnam.
ASEAN countries have a total population of 650 million people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.8 trillion.
POINTS TO NOTE
36th ASEAN 2020 theme was “Cohesive and Responsive Asean”.
ASEAN Covid-I9 Response Fund
A high-priority project is the establishment of an ASEAN COVID-I9 response fund which could be used to help member states purchase medical supplies and protective suits.
VIETNAM PRIME MINISTER WARNS OF ECONOMIC CALAMITY AT ASEAN 26th SUMMIT
Association of Southeast Asian Nations General Secretary Lim Jock Hoi confirmed the bleak outlook, warning the region’s economy is expected to contract for the first time in 22 years.
THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
“We punctuate the importance of non-militarisation and self-restraint in the conduct of all campaign by claimants and all other states, which could further complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the South China Sea,” the draft communique read.
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei have pitted against China who has been making territorial claims in the region.
CHINA’S RECENT CLAIMS
China has given names to eighty geographical disputed South China Sea in the latest move to assert its territorial claims in the face of increasing opposition from Vietnam.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders said in the statement that it was important to uphold the international law including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982 Effective in 16 November 1994, Signatories 157 and to resolve disputes peacefully.The statement was passed by the core member nations Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
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