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EU and ASEAN strengthen cooperation at first summit meeting

The European Union has held its first joint summit with the heads of state and government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The two organizations agreed on a joint final declaration on Wednesday, which emphasizes closer economic cooperation. The EU relies on ASEAN nations such as Vietnam and Indonesia, not least to make its supply chains less dependent on China. Brussels also wants the ASEAN states to take a foreign policy stance against China and Beijing’s positions, but with less success. An overview:

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