US President Joe Biden to host ASEAN summit

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US President Joe Biden will host leaders and top officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Washington DC.

  • Washington has focused on the Russo-Ukraine war as well as battling Chinese influence in the Indo Pacific.

  • The ASEAN "special summit" was postponed from late March just days before Biden's first visit to Asia as president.

  • ASEAN member state Myanmar, whose government was toppled on 1 February last year, will not participate in the summit.

  • The US wanted an 'apolitical' representative from Myanmar to attend the meeting.

  • ASEAN's 'five-point Consensus' to end the turmoil in Myanmar has not progressed since its release in April last year.

  • About ASEAN

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN is an international organisation formed in Bangkok,Thailand in 1967.

  • It promotes economic development, peace, security, social progress and cultural development in the Southeast Asian region.

  • ASEAN Secretariat – Indonesia, Jakarta.

  • General Secretary of ASEAN - Lim Jock Hoi, Brunei

  • Official Languages - Burmese, Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese

  • Working Language -  English

  • ASEAN Summit is the supreme policy making body of ASEAN. 

  • ASEAN is third largest market in the world 

  • It is the sixth largest economy in the world, third in Asia.

  • ASEAN has Free-trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

  • ASEAN Member Countries

  • Indonesia

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Singapore

  • Thailand

  • Brunei

  • Vietnam

  • Laos

  • Myanmar

  • Cambodia

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