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The Outcomes of the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Brunei 2013


(Photo: ASEAN Secretariat)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established in 1967. ASEAN is comprising of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. The ASEAN Summit is attended by the Heads of State/Government of the Member States and it is the supreme policy-making body of ASEAN, according to the ASEAN Charter. Under Brunei’s Chairmanship, the 23rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits were successfully convened on 9-10 Oct 2013, in Bendar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

On the first day , five Summits were held namely
the 23rd ASEAN Summit,
[Chairmans Statement – 23rd ASEAN Summit – FINAL]
the 16th ASEAN-Japan Summit,
[Chairmans Statement – 16th ASEAN-Japan Summit – FINAL]
the 16th ASEAN-Republic of Korea,
[Chairmans Statement – 16th ASEAN-ROK Summit – FINAL]
the 16th ASEAN-China Summit,
[Chairmans Statement – 16th ASEAN-China Summit – FINAL] and [Joint Statement of the 16th ASEAN-China Summit- Final]
the 16th ASEAN Plus Three Summit.
[Chairmans Statement – 16th ASEAN Plus Three Summit – FINAL ]

And the second day, four Summits were held namely
– the 11th ASEAN-India Summit,
[Chairmans Statement – 11th ASEAN-India Summit – FINAL]
– the 1st ASEAN-United States Summit,
[Chairmans Statement – 1st ASEAN-US Summit – FINAL]
the 8th East Asia Summit,
[Chairmans Statement – 8th East Asia Summit – FINAL]
the 5th ASEAN-United Nations Summit
[Chairmans Statement – 5th ASEAN-UN Summit – FINAL]

During these days several agreements and declarations were adopted by the leaders of ASEAN Member States.
– BSB Declaration on the ASEAN Communitys Post 2015 Vision – FINAL
– BSB Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases in ASEAN- Final
– BSB Declaration on Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment_Final
– ASEAN Declaration on Enhancing Cooperation in Disaster Management_Final
– ASEAN Declaration on Social Protection_Final
– Declaration of 8th East Asia Summit on Food Security
– Declaration on EVAWC in ASEAN – FINAL

At the closing of the 23rd ASEAN Summit, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah handed over the gavel to President Thein Sein of Myanmar. Therefore, on 1 January 2014, Myanmar will assume Chairmanship of ASEAN for the first time. Myanmar’s theme for its Chairmanship of ASEAN for 2014 is “Moving Forward in Unity, to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community.”

In the Obama’s administration, we have seen U.S. foreign policy shifted toward East Asia so that the U.S. has engaged itself to this regional grouping known as ASEAN by attending as a dialogue partner of ASEAN. The strategic relationship between ASEAN and the U.S. this year was expected to deepen and broaden both economically and politically as it was reflected through the changing from the ASEAN-US Leaders’ Meeting (the latest meeting, the 4th ASEAN-US Leaders’ Meeting was held in Phnom Penh 2012) to the 1st ASEAN-US Summit, was convened the first time ever in Brunei on 10 Oct 2013.  But what should be noted is that Obama has canceled his Asia trip to deal with the fiscal mess in Washington as the president has to address domestic priorities first.  Therefore,  Secretary of State John Kerry presented at the meeting, but not Obama. Whatsoever, the 1st ASEAN-US Summit was still successfully convened under the chairmanship of Brunei in 2013.


(Photo: ASEAN Secretariat)

Further reading for ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, please go to: 22nd ASEAN Summit and Some Awareness

Phnom Penh, 11 Oct 2013

Khov Ea Hai


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