Flags of the Asean member countries. Photo: AFP
Flags of the Asean member countries. Photo: AFP

Xi-Asean summit boosts China’s plan to upgrade Southeast Asia ties to comprehensive strategic partnership

  • The Chinese president will meet Asean leaders in November; Singapore and Malaysia have signalled their readiness to elevate the bloc’s ties with China
  • Meanwhile, Asean agreed to upgrade ties with Australia, which gave assurances the AUKUS pact was no threat to the region

Flags of the Asean member countries. Photo: AFP
Flags of the Asean member countries. Photo: AFP
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