Southeast Asian States Form Strategic Pact With Australia

Southeast Asian States Form Strategic Pact With Australia

Andrew H. Sweet

China has also sought an agreement on the same strategic level with ASEAN. Premier Li Keqiang met ASEAN leaders on Tuesday. The bloc's leaders will meet China's President Xi Jinping in November at a special summit held virtually, two diplomatic sources told.

Australia already has bilateral strategic partnerships with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

As chair of ASEAN, Brunei said the agreement "marked a new chapter in relations" and would be "meaningful, substantive and mutually beneficial."

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