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ASEAN falls under spotlight in talks on trade and COVID: 5 things to know

RCEP members to sign deal on Sunday without India; South China Sea on agenda

The 10 ASEAN nations will come together digitally for their final summit this year to talk about supply chains, security in the South China Sea and hastening their recoveries from COVID-19.   © EPA/Jiji

SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asian leaders will meet online on Thursday in the first summit since the U.S. presidential election, the outcome of which will have a great effect as a new international order shakes out.

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are playing an increasingly large role on the global stage as they emerge from the pandemic and navigate the economic straits between the U.S. and China, and China increases its presence in the region.

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