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ASEAN summit to kick off, with aim to complete RCEP talks soon

US-China trade war spurs members to embrace freer trade in Bangkok meetings

The ASEAN logo has been widely seen during June 2019 to promote the ASEAN summit meeting due to be held during June 22-23 in Bangkok, Thailand.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will kick off in Bangkok on Saturday as the 10 member-states focus on pushing forward the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with the aim of reaching an agreement by the end of this year.

The Asian leaders will also focus discussions on the trade war and find areas of cooperation in the digital realm.

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