22 November 2015

The Latest: Malaysian leader hosts East Asia Summit

President Barack Obama speaks at a Civil Society roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea.
Ten Southeast Asian heads of state and nine world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are meeting in Malaysia to discuss trade and economic issues. Terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea are also on the agenda. (All times local.)

12:25 p.m.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country is honored to host an annual gathering of leaders from 18 Asia-Pacific countries including the United States and Russia.
Najib says he's also very encouraged that all members of the East Asia Summit have been actively involved since last year in strengthening the organization.
He says the EAS is a leading organization to promote a "rules-based order" in the region, which feels out-muscled and overwhelmed by China.
President Barack Obama speaks at a Civil Society roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. President Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea.

He adds that the group will encourage deeper dialogue on political and strategic issues to promote trust, saying "this could not come at a more critical time."
The prime minister commented Sunday as he opened the summit in Kuala Lumpur.
10:50 a.m.
The leaders of 10 Southeast Asian nations have formally created the ASEAN Economic Community at a summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Eight years in the making, the AEC, as it is known, seeks to make the diverse region economically and politically better integrated with hopes of competing with the Asian powerhouses China and India.
President Barack Obama speaks at a Civil Society roundtable discussion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea.

Still, there is a long way to go before the AEC becomes fully functional after becoming a legal entity on Dec. 31. It falls short in more politically sensitive areas such as opening up agriculture, steel, auto production and other protected sectors.
There are also other hurdles, such as corruption, uneven infrastructure and unequal costs of transportation and shipping. 
(AP) 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to the opening speech during the 13th India-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi listens to the opening speech during the 13th India-ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.   
President Barack Obama waits for the media to leave affter he spoke at a US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea.
President Barack Obama waits for the media to leave affter he spoke at a US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea. 
President Barack Obama, center, arrives with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, second left, to speak at a US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea.
President Barack Obama, center, arrives with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, second left, to speak at a US-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Obama is in Malaysia where he joins leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss trade and economic issues, and terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea.  
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the East Asia Summit (EAS) gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the East Asia Summit (EAS) gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.   
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, second from left, shake hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, seated, looks on during the 10th East Asia Summit at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, second from left, shake hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, seated, looks on during the 10th East Asia Summit at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.   
Leaders, from top left to right, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to each other while U.S. President Barack Obama walks past during the 10th East Asia Summit at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
Leaders, from top left to right, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to each other while U.S. President Barack Obama walks past during the 10th East Asia Summit at the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. 

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