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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Attends the 25th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits

by Duangkamol Buranasomphop

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is attending the 25th ASEAN Summit and related summits in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, after having participated in the 22nd APEC Summit in Beijing, China.

The ASEAN Summit takes place at a critical juncture of ASEAN’s history with just one year to go before the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

During this Summit,  ASEAN leader will also engage with the Heads of State/Government of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States.

According to the ASEAN Secretariat, the Summit will have an in-depth discussion on the future directions of the ASEAN Community beyond 2015. It is expected to adopt the Nay Pyi Taw Declaration for the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision. This document would serve as the basis for the formulation of a comprehensive post-2015 vision for ASEAN next year.

Moreover, the Summit will adopt a Declaration on Strengthening the ASEAN Secretariat and Reviewing the ASEAN Organs, which aims to enhance the capacity, coordination and synergy of ASEAN institutions and mechanisms amidst the growing volume of Community building work and the fast changing regional landscape.

At the Summit, regional and international issues of common interest and concern will be on top of the agenda, especially those that have significant impact on peace and stability in the region, such as the South China Sea issue. The leaders will also adopt the ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change 2014.

Further, an important topic on the table is configuring the best approaches to position ASEAN strategically amidst the shifting regional landscape both in terms of geo-economics and geo-politics. ASEAN leaders are expected to continue the ongoing discourse on enhancing ASEAN’s centrality and credibility in the evolving regional architecture and engagement with external partners.

Myanmar’s theme for its ASEAN Chairmanship this year is "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community.”

In the summits with Dialogue Partners of ASEAN, as well as the ASEAN Plus Three Summit and East Asia Summit, the leaders are expected to discuss ways and means to further strengthen and deepen their respective partnerships. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common concern and interest, such as maritime security, climate change, energy and food security, disaster management, and pandemic diseases.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Prayut will also hold bilateral talks with the Prime Ministers of India, Russia, and Japan.

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Duangkamol Buranasomphop

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