Annual talks of top diplomats from Southeast Asian countries have begun. Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) closed on Wednesday (9 September) with a month-long video link due to the coronovirus epidemic. The conference highlights the coronovirus epidemic and rising tensions between China and the United States over the South China Sea. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
Vietnam is the host country of the ASEAN summit this year. Foreign ministers from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand also attended. Foreign ministers of many countries in Asia and the West are also participating.
In his opening speech, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said: “As Kovid-19 continues to unravel in a complex way and our people and businesses are suffering, regional geopolitics and geopolitics, including the South China Sea, are growing mistrust. Seeing that threatens peace and stability. ” The Vietnamese Prime Minister commented on the activities held in the South China Sea amid a deadlock between the United States, China and several Southeast Asian countries.
The South East Asian diplomat said that ASEAN is ready to set up a fund to fight the coronovirus. Thailand has pledged the fund to 100,000, which was established to help purchase medical equipment and safety equipment. ASEAN partners including China, Japan and South Korea are also expected to announce their grants.