By The Nation
Today marks the first time in history that the leaders of all 10 Asean members and the grouping’s three partners, namely China, Japan and South Korea, will hold a summit via video.
Today will also see them reaffirm their shared commitment to cooperate in a concrete manner and coordinate an effective and timely response to the spread of Covid-19.
This includes mitigating the far-reaching socio-economic impact caused by the pandemic, and preparing for a post-Covid recovery to restore confidence and return normalcy to the region.
The summits will also focus on areas of cooperation such as the exchange of information and best practices, strengthening national and regional capacity in responding to public health emergencies, providing assistance to nationals of Asean Plus Three Countries, promoting effective public communication and countering fake news and misinformation, and preserving the regional supply chain, especially the flow of essential goods and services. Also shared will be measures undertaken to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the virus outbreak. The summits are expected to emphasise the need to provide sufficient resources for Covid-19 response.