Vietnam PM Phuc to attend ASEAN summit in Thailand

By Minh Nga   June 19, 2019 | 04:52 pm PT
Vietnam PM Phuc to attend ASEAN summit in Thailand
The ASEAN summit this weekend will discuss sustainable partnership and is expected to wrap up negotiations for a regional free trade deal. Photo by Reuters/Romeo Gacad.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will join 10 other leaders at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 22-23.

This year’s summit, with the theme "Advancing partnership for sustainability," will seek to promote cooperation and strengthen the consensus process among ASEAN members to address new global challenges.

The leaders of the member countries are expected to express their views on sustainable development and put forward action plans to address maritime pollution and draft a framework related to Indo-Pacific issues.

They also target wrapping up negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a proposed free trade agreement between the 10 ASEAN members -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- and the six Asia-Pacific states with which ASEAN has existing free trade agreements: Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand.

ASEAN holds summits twice a year. The second summit this year will take place in November and see Thailand take over the chair, a position that is rotated among members annually, from Singapore.

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