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Biden to host two days ASEAN special summit to talk about the Russia- Ukraine War

US President Joe Biden will host a two-day special summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) on Thursday and Friday. The special summit was postponed from the end of March and came days before Mr. Biden’s trips to Asia as President.

During a brief call with reporters, the Biden administration wanted a non-political representative of Myanmar to attend the meeting. The country has witnessed a military coup since February 1 last year and hence will not participate in the summit. The summit will have an empty chair to reflect the leader’s dissatisfaction with Myanmar’s Junta rule.

The step is taken concerning ASEAN’s Five Point Consensus, which was initiated in April to end the turmoil in Myanmar but has not successfully worked. Officials close to the summit said apart from the Ukraine- Russia War, the Biden administration’s economic plan for the Indo Pacific Economic Framework, among others. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework will work towards strengthening cooperation across the seven pillars, which range from infrastructure and supply chains to taxation is likely to be unveiled by Joe Biden at the summit.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, during her Washington visit, said, “PM is still considering India’s participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.”

Experts suggest that the US can discuss China’s growing investment in the region as the former president of the US Donald Trump tried to pull away from the country from what was then called the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement, which China is a part.

The US President will travel to South Korea for Bilateral Talks and the constant up-gradation and testing of missiles by North Korea. After that, the president will travel to Japan for a Quad summit with India, Australia, and the US. 

ASEAN countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

 

By TIS Staffer
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