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    In Washington, Cabinet Ministers from the five partners of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been meeting officials of the Carter Administration to discuss trade relations.

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    SV U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, greeting delegates.

    MV Delegates taking seats.

    CU & MV Philippines Foreign Minister, Dr. Carlos Romulo speaking. (2 SHOTS)

    CU Singapore's Foreign Minister Mr. S. Rajaratnam speaking. (3 SHOTS)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: ROMULO: "The evil of rampant protectionism threatens the world economic order, but it threatens most of all the developing countries whose development efforts are bound, unless arrested by wise global measures, to slide precipitously into the old morass of incurable poverty. The implications of such a development for world peace and stability stagger the imagination. IT will almost certainly lead to worldwide instabilities resistant to instant remedies, and herald a new era of confrontation, large and small, in every corner of the world. Mr. Chairman, in its eleven years of existence, ASEAN has maintained its integrity without outside help. We have resisted stoutly the blandishments of internal forces which seek to subvert us. Firm in our beliefs, strong in our resolve, we have remained steadfast in our pursuit of the kind of life we want for our peoples."

    SEQ. 4: RAJARATNAM: "That being so, it is natural and inevitable that your priorities at any given moment may shift from one area of the globe to another. Now, if you take the political aspect within the last 20 years, or 30 years, the contest...it's debatable who is winning the contest. When you look upon that map of the world since World War Two, part of Europe has gone to the other side. All of East Asia - except for Japan, Taiwan and South Korea - has gone to the other side. In Southeast Asia, part has gone to the other side. ASEAN is on your side. If that goes, the Pacific Ocean, which is of very strategic interest to you, is I think lost to you."

    ASEAN was formed in 1967 but was largely ignored by the rest of the world initially. Recently it has began dialogues with Japan, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Common Market. The Carter Administration has made some moves to encourage improved human rights in ASEAN countries, and the Foreign Ministers were scheduled to meet President Carter before winding up their conference at the weekend.

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    Background: In Washington, Cabinet Ministers from the five partners of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been meeting officials of the Carter Administration to discuss trade relations. It is the first time in the Association's 11-year history that it has had such high-level discussions with an American Government. Observers see the meeting as a signal of the end of apparent American disinterest in Southeast Asia since the end of the Vietnam War.. The ASEAN partners are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines - and American officials have been stressing the alleged contrast between the co-operation of these five countries and the tension of Asia's Communist nations.

    SYNOPSIS: American Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, welcomed the Foreign Ministers to Washington on Thursday (3 August) and stressed United States support for the Association's goals. In reply, the ASEAN spokesman, Dr Carlos Romulo of the Philippines, welcomed such support but also had???a warning.

    Singapore's Foreign Minister, Mr. S. Rajaratnam, describes the United States as a far-seeing global power.

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