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Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key ASEAN talks

Updated : 2019-08-01 12:18:32

Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region gathered on Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The meetings in Bangkok are hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, chaired this year by Thailand. Thai officials say there will be 27 meetings in all through Saturday, and 31 countries and alliances will participate. The core ASEAN foreign ministers meeting brings together the group's top diplomats, but they are likely to be overshadowed by the big power players attending the adjunct meetings, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Foreign Ministers' Meeting. The heavy-hitters in Bangkok this week include US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Other ASEAN dialogue partners include Australia, India, the European Union, Japan and South Korea.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, right, shakes hands with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, right, shakes hands with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, left shakes hand with Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai at foreign ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, left shakes hand with Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai at foreign ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
An usher carries decorative vases ahead of the of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
An usher carries decorative vases ahead of the of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai share a light moment after a press conference at the foreign ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai share a light moment after a press conference at the foreign ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Police officers assigned to control traffic take a break outside the venue scheduled to hold of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Police officers assigned to control traffic take a break outside the venue scheduled to hold of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Police officers assigned to control traffic take a break at a street-shop outside the venue scheduled to hold of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Police officers assigned to control traffic take a break at a street-shop outside the venue scheduled to hold of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Officials issue media access passes ahead the of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Officials issue media access passes ahead the of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, (ASEAN) annual leaders' summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), from left, Laos' Saleumxay Kommasith, Malaysia's Saifuddin Abdullah, Myanmar Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kyaw Tin, Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Singapore's Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand's Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam's Pham Binh Minh, Brunei Permanent Secretary at Brunei's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Dayang Emaleen binti Abdul Rahman Teo, Cambodia's Prak Sokhonn, Indonesia's Retno Marsudi and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi shake hands during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), from left, Laos' Saleumxay Kommasith, Malaysia's Saifuddin Abdullah, Myanmar Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kyaw Tin, Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Singapore's Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand's Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam's Pham Binh Minh, Brunei Permanent Secretary at Brunei's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Dayang Emaleen binti Abdul Rahman Teo, Cambodia's Prak Sokhonn, Indonesia's Retno Marsudi and ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi shake hands during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, fifth from left, poses for a group photo during the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting Wednesday with a call from host Thailand for deeper integration to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, fifth from left, poses for a group photo during the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting Wednesday with a call from host Thailand for deeper integration to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Vietnam's foreign minister Phạm Binh Minh, left, India's external affairs minister S. Jaishankar, center, and Thailand's foreign minister Don Pramudwinai pose together at the start of the India-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Vietnam's foreign minister Phạm Binh Minh, left, India's external affairs minister S. Jaishankar, center, and Thailand's foreign minister Don Pramudwinai pose together at the start of the India-ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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