Thai PM to attend US-ASEAN summit in California

Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s office has confirmed that the premier will be visiting the United States from February 14 to 18 to attend a two-day summit with leaders from the other nine member nations of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the US on February 15 an 16.

The summit, an annual itinerary since 2013, will this year take place in Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, continuing on the US’ strategic alignment with ASEAN, which according to the White House, has been on President Obama’s agenda since 2009.

Though Human Rights Watch are urging US leaders to press their own agenda at the summit, talks will most likely focus on business and economic laws, agreements policies that benefit the US-ASEAN Business council, namely the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP).

Out of the 10 member nations of ASEAN, so far only  Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei are among the 12 nations listed as negotiating members.

However, Thailand and other ASEAN members are also being pressured to join, and are expected to do so in the near future.

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