Asean foreign ministers kick off Covid revival talks
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai joined the annual Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Wednesday, as four days of talks kicked off on an economic plan to guide the 10 member countries through the Covid-19 crisis.
The 10 Asean foreign ministers began their online meeting with urgent talks on the spread of Covid-19, the dimensions of the economic recovery plan, the relief fund for Asean countries hit hard by the pandemic, dispute in the South China Sea, and Rohingya immigrants.
The meeting and related meetings are being held via video link until Saturday, with Vietnam acting as Asean chair this year.
Also to be discussed by foreign ministers at the meeting are territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Tensions there rose in July after the United States rejected China's claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea as unlawful. Several Asean member countries have territorial claims that overlap with China’s claim.