12 Jun '11, 11am

ASEAN's ties with regional & international groups gradually developing: PM

ASEAN's ties with regional & international groups gradually developing: PM

JAKARTA: ASEAN's ties with various regional and international groupings are an organic architecture which is gradually developing, says Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was speaking at a plenary session at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta on Sunday. Mr Lee said ASEAN's ties with groupings like the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Plus Three (which involves China, Japan and South Korea) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) have helped to strengthen ties with one another. He said while there's temptation to make things neater, it's wiser to accept the "untidiness" of these arrangements and let the structures evolve. Both Prime Minister Lee and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono shared the stage for a special plenary session during the forum's opening ceremony. Mr Lee explained that while the future is unknown, he believes Asia wi...

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