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Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of ASEAN, dies

In his last interview, Surin calls on regional bloc to choose friends wisely, be more self-reliant

Surin Pitsuwan gives an exclusive interview to the Nikkei Asian Review on Nov. 30, just hours before his death. (Photo by Yukako Ono)

BANGKOK -- Surin Pitsuwan, the former secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), died in Bangkok on Thursday of a heart attack. He was 68.

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