Most leaders of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ignored the US summit on Monday. Only three of the 10 leaders participated in the meeting, sending their representatives.
In particular, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Och, who is the chairman of the organization this year, as well as Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Suan Fook and Laos Thonglong Sisulit, arrived at the summit. As Philippine Finance Minister Carlos Dominguez said in an interview with reporters, “this decision was made in connection with the appropriate level of the US delegation.” This time, at ASEAN events, Washington significantly lowered its representation by sending Assistant President for National Security Robert O’Brien and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to Bangkok.
Meanwhile, a State Department press release on Sunday evening said the United States aims to uphold the sovereignty of ASEAN member states.
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