22nd ASEAN Summit (April) 2013
The 22nd ASEAN Summit was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on 24th-25th April 2013. It was the first Summit under the chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam, which had designated the theme “Our People, Our Future Together”
The Summit serves as a platform for the ASEAN Leaders to take stock and review their efforts in realizing the ASEAN Community in 2015; to conduct discussions on ASEAN's future direction; and to exchange views on regional and international issues.
In the 2013, the program was arranged for two batches of executives from the public and private sectors and members of civil society organizations. The first batch attended the program from April to May and the second from July to August.
- This Summit provided an efficient platform to solve issues with china over South China Sea Tension. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tried to patch up differences that shook the group last year, but made minimal progress on long-held plans to agree on a dispute-management mechanism. China claims almost the entire South China Sea as its territory; While Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan and Malaysia also claim parts. China insists on resolving sovereignty disputes on a bilateral basis. It had occupied some areas claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines, leading to a rise in tension. Ultimately, China being China is delaying the talks on the code of conduct.
- Leaders insisted on the launch of the AEC with 77 percent of the work now done. They declared that May 9 will be the start date for negotiations on a vast free trade area with key partners China, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
- There was also push towards admitting East Timor as the trading bloc's 11th member, although ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh postponed it for time being.
- The Summit-members had extensive discussions on three clusters of issues:
- Intensifying efforts to realize the ASEAN Community by 2015 and strategizing for a post-2015 ASEAN agenda
- Enhancing ASEAN's central role in the evolving regional architecture
- Exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest and concern.