The leaders of five non-communist countries in South East Asia have arrived in Kuala Lumpur to prepare for a top level meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations....
The leaders of five non-communist countries in South East Asia have arrived in Kuala Lumpur to prepare for a top level meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations....Asean. The leaders of Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia will discuss ways of improving economic and social relations.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur is the second such conference to be held since the Asean organisation was formed ten years ago. As well as aiming to increase co-operation between their own governments the Asian leaders will also formulate moves for a joint approach to establish better trade and economic links with Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
First to fly in to Kuala Lumpur airport was the Indonesian leader, President Suharto. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Hussein Onn, was there to greet him and lead the president past the guard of honour. President Suharto is understood to be one of the main movers behind the scheme to establish greater contact with industrial countries such as Japan.
The arrival of President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines signalled the end of a long standing dispute with his Malaysian host involving a Filipino claim to the east.
Malaysian state of Sabah. The issue had been a constant source of friction between the two countries. The dispute at one time threatened the unity of the regional grouping.
The Singapore Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan yew, will keynote one of the main themes of the meeting by calling for friendly bi-lateral relations between the new communist governments of South East Asia and Asean. Mr. Lee had formerly been one of the most hard line anti-communist leaders in the region. Mr. Lee will also push for closer relations with China.
One of the leaders most affected by the question of relations with the communist countries in Asia is the Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Thanin. His government security forces have been fighting a running battle with more than 6,000 communist backed insurgents in the Thai-Burma border region. Thai troops have also recently clashed with Khmer Rouge regular units along the Thai-Cambodian border. The five leaders are due to meet Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda of Japan, mr. Malcolm Fraser of Australia and Mr. Robert Muldoon of New Zealand after the summit conference.