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SBY to attend ASEAN summit in Brunei

After being successful in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) left Indonesia for Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday to attend the Association of South East Asian Counties (ASEAN) summit.

The President, together with First Lady Any Yudhoyono and his entourage, departed from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, at 7 a.m. local time aboard a presidential aircraft Boeing 737-800 belonging to national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, according to the presidential website.

SBY will attend the 23rd ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan. The summit will be attended by the heads of 10 ASEAN member states, together with those from China, Japan and South Korea as well as Russia, the United States and India.

At the two-day meeting the heads of state are expected to discuss key strategic issues on politics and economy, which are expected to promote stability and economic welfare in the ASEAN region.

Held under the theme "Our People, Our Future Together", the summit is expected to help advance cooperation in ASEAN on security, politics, economy and socio-welfare.

The entourage accompanying the President to Brunei included Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan.

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It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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