ASEAN Calls for Unity Amidst US-Sino Rivalry

Singapore urged regional leaders gathering Wednesday for a regional summit to unify and warned against threats to multilateral cooperation and international norms. “The existing free, open and rules-based multilateral system, which has underpinned ASEAN’s growth and stability, has come under stress,” said Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at the opening ceremony of 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and other related gatherings. "It is unclear if the world will settle into new rules and norms of international engagement or whether the international order will break up into rival blocs," he warned. Lee urged the ten member countries of ASEAN to remain united and said that given challenges such as trade uncertainties and technological disruptions, multilateral cooperation is now “more urgent than ever.” ASEAN Centrality ASEAN is facing increasing external pressures including the escalating U.S. – Sino rivalry in the region. Its members are concerned trade tensions between... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, ASEAN Calls for Unity Amidst US-Sino Rivalry, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'VOA NEWS'. Thank you ASEAN Calls for Unity Amidst US-Sino Rivalry


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