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Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan expects a very packed and intense week as Singapore hosts its final key event as Asean chairman

Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan expects a very packed and intense week as Singapore hosts its final key event as Asean chairman

Notably absent from this week's meetings is US President Donald Trump, who has said several existing multilateral trade deals are unfair, and has railed against China over intellectual property theft, entry barriers to US businesses and a gaping trade deficit.

According to the ASEAN department which is under Foreign Affairs Ministry, during the ASEAN and APEC meeting, the State Counsellor will speak with global leaders about increased cooperation, trade and investment, defense and security, among other issues.

Singapore's prime minister made an impassioned plea on Monday, November 12, for open markets and warned "political pressures" were driving countries apart, in a swipe at rising protectionism at the start of a gathering of world leaders.

Li is expected to rally support for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact now being negotiated, showcased to be the free trade deal that will encompass more than a third of the world's GDP.

With the USA having pulled out of rival pact the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the RCEP is now the world's biggest trade deal.

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"And the presidential office says it is working on scheduling one-on-one meetings with the U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, as well as with Chinese President Xi Jinping, ... during which the president would likely try and put some speed on what appears to be slowing progress on North Korea-related diplomacy".

His remarks came at a business summit on the sidelines of meetings this week between the 10-member ASEAN and external partners, including the USA and China, which are in a dispute over trade.

The 10 ASEAN leaders are expected to hold its meeting with China in three related summits, namely the ASEAN Plus China Summit, the ASEAN Plus Three Summit also with Japan and South Korea, and the the East Asia Summit also with Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States.

The Rohingya crisis is one of the biggest man-made disasters involving a member since ASEAN was founded in 1967, and it is one of the thorniest issues yet faced by a group that traditionally works by consensus. Taiwan is also a claimant.

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