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Thai govt to move venue from Bangkok to Chiang Mai


October 26, 2008

Asean summit
Thai govt to move venue from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Thai government has reportedly decided to change the venue of the December Asean summits to Chiang Mai in order to avoid possible security problems from the political strife centered in Bangkok, Thai officials were quoted as telling their Asean counterparts during the Asem meeting in Beijing, China.

Diplomatic sources on the sidelines of the two-day Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Beijing said Chiang Mai now is the official site for the series of annual summits involving Asean and its major trading partners.

For this year's summit meetings, scheduled for December 15-18, Thailand has invited UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the heads of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to join a special session to discuss how to mitigate the global financial crisis.

The annual Asean summit meetings involve the 10 Asean members - Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - and major trading partners including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

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