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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Problems faced by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting attended by Russia, China and the United States

Author: Edwin Shri Bimo , Editor: east

ASEAN flag. ASEAN foreign ministers gathered in Phnom Penh on August 3-5 with top diplomats from the United States, China, Russia and other world powers, overseeing a series of serious problems starting with the war in Ukraine and the Myanmar military junta. Those who were looking for trouble hanging 4 political prisoners (Source: Straits Times)

Phnom Penh, KOMPAS.TV – ASEAN foreign ministers gathered in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh with top diplomats from fellow countries, the United States, China, Russia and other world powers on August 3-5, a series of serious problems triggered by the war in Ukraine supervised. Myanmar’s military government is seeking assurances. Due to the hanging of four political prisoners, as reported Straits TimesTuesday (2/8/2022).

The meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers and partners came amid concerns over the invasion of Ukraine and Beijing’s growing ambitions in the region.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will appear together for the second time last month at the ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting, although it is unclear whether the two will meet.

Early last July, the two did not meet separately while attending a meeting of the G20 foreign ministers group in Bali, Indonesia, but made their first direct contact via a phone call on Friday before Russia invaded Ukraine. when Blinken urged Moscow to accept a deal. Griner and Paul Whelan discuss other issues in order to release American prisoner Brittany.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was also present.

Many urged Beijing to use its partnership with Russia to end the conflict in Ukraine and help promote peace and the return of civilian rule in Myanmar after the February 2021 coup, which largely gave rise to protests and armed resistance.

The meeting is taking place at a time of tension between Washington and Beijing as the US counters China’s growing economic and military influence in the Asia-Pacific.

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Prak Sokhon, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia and Special Envoy to ASEAN. ASEAN foreign ministers gathered in Phnom Penh on August 3-5 with top diplomats from the United States, China, Russia and other world powers, overseeing a series of serious problems starting with the war in Ukraine and the Myanmar military junta. Those who were looking for trouble with hanging 4 political prisoners

(Source: Associated Press Photo/Heng Sinith)

US Congressional President Nancy Pelosi is on a tour of the region and may travel to Taiwan, which will add to the friction.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warned last week that “those who play with fire will be destroyed by it.”

China considers Taiwan its territory and has said it will take back the island by force if necessary.

The US follows a “one China” policy in which it recognizes Beijing as the Chinese government but maintains informal ties and defense ties with Taiwan.

In a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden last week, Chinese leader Xi Jinping objected to the possibility of Taiwan stopping Pelosi in what would be the highest-level US visit to Taiwan in more than 25 years.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine, its impact on global food and energy prices and increasing friction between China and the United States are of high concern to the 10 ASEAN countries, said Susanna Patton, director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute in Australia. .

“This is one of the first regional meetings of foreign ministers to be held in person since 2019, so for the United States, China and even Russia, such a meeting should show their support for ASEAN. And this is a very important occasion to show support. It speaks volumes about their commitment to regional security and prosperity.”

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President Jokowi held a photo session with Joe Biden facing the national monument along with leaders of other ASEAN countries. (Source: Photo: Muklish Jr – President’s Secretariat Press Bureau)

Blinken, Wang and Lavrov have all jockeyed for influence on several recent trips abroad.

After the meeting, Blinken went to the Philippines and then to Africa.

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