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Macron sets sights on France-ASEAN dialogue partnership

President condemned Ukraine war, but keeps distance from Myanmar violence

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks in an interview in Bangkok on Nov. 17. (Photo by Yohei Muramatsu)

BANGKOK -- French President Emmanuel Macron stepped up his Southeast Asian diplomatic push on Thursday, meeting in Bangkok with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ahead of his attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders forum.

In an interview with Nikkei and the Financial Times, Macron highlighted France's ambition to expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region, flagging Paris's interest in becoming a dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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