ASEAN Economic Community

The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) has been around for about 50 years and members include but are not limited Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines.  They originally formed to be stronger economically (such as removing tariffs) and to help resolve disputes between one another, in addition to curbing the Asian economic powerhouses’ economic strength: China and India.

I was copying the article from Japan Times but there was a disclaimer at the bottom saying that I cannot republish their article, so I will briefly summarize it.

After 13 years of not moving forward with ASEAN, the 10 member countries are now in agreement to work together.  They signed it at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the host of this summit, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, expressed this as a “landmark achievement.”

Since ASEAN is a group whose members are so diverse politically (communist, democratic, military dictatorship, authoritarian, monarchy, etc.), religiously (Buddhism, Islam*,  Catholicism, etc.) and linguistically (various verbal and written languages), these variables will be challenging.  These are just a few obstacles they will face before working working on the nitty gritty issues, such as the border dispute between Cambodia and Vietnam and curbing monopolies.  Everyone has expressed that more work will be done.

*FYI: Indonesia is the country with the most Muslims, having about 25% of the world Muslim population.


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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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