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ASEAN to devise post-COVID plan for 'long-term immunity'

Vietnam will chair online summit that will also discuss South China Sea dispute

A video conference with ASEAN leaders in April: Friday’s virtual summit will be chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.    © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will discuss plans for a recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday during a virtual summit, as the region focuses on overcoming economic and geopolitical challenges posed by the disease.

The 10-member bloc convenes twice a year, usually in April and November, to discuss a broad range of matters from the regional economy to security to society issues. This year's April summit, meant to be held in the central Vietnamese city of Danang, was postponed due to the pandemic. Friday's meeting will be chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

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