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“Asean Charter for Asean Peoples”

Key Moves

-Putting the Asean charter into force as a legally binding agreement that brings new bodies into being, including a human rights commission

-Signing Cha-am Hua Hin Declaration on a roadmap for an Asean Community by 2015 that will establish a rules-based market economy, adherence to multilateral trade rules and gradual elimination of all barriers to regional economic integration


The biggest Outcome
-Signing a free trade agreement between Asean, Australia and New Zealand that could

The Weakest Point
Myanmar Premier Thein Sein and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen wanted only government-endorsed activists to be present, and threatened to boycott the

Source: Asean Secretariat, AseanAffairs archives

The Asean Statement

(issued March 1, 2009)
Leaders of the ten Asean countries …
*Agreed to stand firm against protectionism and refrain from introducing or raising new trade barriers
*Called for bold reform of the international financial system, taking into consideration the interests of developing countries
*Urged coordinated action by developed and developing countries to restore financial stability


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