Thai media highlights 36th ASEAN Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the opening ceremony of the 36th ASEAN Summit (Photo: VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – Major newspapers of Thailand published a number of articles on the 36th ASEAN Summit and other activities hosted by Vietnam as ASEAN Chair 2020. English-language daily newspaper Bangkok Post of Thailand ran an article saying that this year marks the half-way point of the grouping’s 10-year journey toward the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, which envisaged deeper integration after the agreement to establish the ASEAN Community back in 2015. It is the ideal time for the bloc to assess their work in achieving those aspirations, it underlined. “The COVID-19 pandemic as well as the economic slump may force ASEAN leaders to look inwards, focusing on their own crisis, over the grouping’s mission. But at the same time, some optimists believe the pandemic gives ASEAN an opportunity to work as a group to escalate cooperation under the human security framework,” noted the article. Meanwhile, the PBS broadcasting centre highlighted that Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha proposed three paths for actions to advance ASEAN in the post-COVID-19 era at the summit on June 26. The full speech of Vietnamese PM Nguyen… Read full this story

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