The ministers affirmed their strong commitment to strengthen the ASEAN-EU comprehensive cooperation relationship in the coming time, and continue promoting their "Partners in Integration" relationship. The two sides welcomed the 22nd ASEAN-EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Belgium in January 2019. They shared the view in principle on upgrading ASEAN-EU relations to the level of strategic partnership and agreed to formalise the upgrade soon. The two sides agreed to continue effectively cooperating in areas of mutual interest and strengths, including economy-trade, connectivity, transport, counter-terrorism, fighting transnational crime, cyber security, marine security and health care. Amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two sides agreed to work closely to support capacity building and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and promote recovery. The EU is one of the first partners to coordinate with ASEAN to successfully organise the ASEAN-EU Ministerial … [Read more...] about ASEAN step up cooperation with EU, India
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"I don't want to go back to a world where biodiversity is being put into question, to a world where fossil fuels receive more subsidies than renewables, or to a world in which we see inequalities making societies with less and less cohesion and creating instability, creating anger, creating frustration," he added. … [Read more...] about Cooperate on climate or ‘we will be doomed’: UN chief
It was agreed that after 15 years of establishment, the EAS is now facing new opportunities and challenges in the context of unprecedented complex changes in the regional situation. Thus, countries should work closely, chart orientations to strengthen the EAS in the new phase to positively contribute to maintaining peace, security and prosperity and effectively respond to emerging challenges. … [Read more...] about Leaders of East Asia Summit vow to deepen cooperation
Regarding the situation in the East Sea (South China Sea), they emphasized the importance of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, which is a common interest of all countries. They also expressed concerns about recent developments in the waters that cause harms to peace, security and the rule of the law in the region, especially amid the COVID-19 outbreak. … [Read more...] about ASEAN 2020: 10th Meeting of East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ held
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will open a regional office in Hanoi to increase its public health engagement in Southeast Asia, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced after an online ministerial meeting with the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations hosted by Vietnam on Thursday. … [Read more...] about US CDC to open Southeast Asian office in Hanoi: State Dept.