Virtual ASEAN summit opens with pandemic high on agenda

ASEAN logo. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

HANOI, Nov 12, 2020, Kyodo. The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations kicked off their annual summit Thursday, gathering virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo News reported.

Discussions are expected to focus on how the region should deal with the global public health crisis and revive member economies badly affected by it.

The summit of the 10-member grouping is the first in a series of related gatherings to be held via videoconference through Sunday, including a meeting during which 15 Asia-Pacific countries are expected to sign a long-awaited economic deal.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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