Australia engages with ASEAN to develop trade and investment

Malcolm Turnbull will host talks with Southeast Asian leaders including Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Malcolm Turnbull will host talks with Southeast Asian leaders including Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

"I am very pleased to announce that Australia and ASEAN will be working together to develop, adopt and use worldwide standards that promote digital trade".

Australia is hosting the three-day Asean special summit.

Turnbull went further at a closing news conference, saying ASEAN and Australia had affirmed their commitment to respond strongly over the "grave concerns we share about North Korea's reckless and illegal nuclear missile programs".

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed the two countries' desire to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against violent extremism. "This is the goal of a partnership, by using a win-win solution, not a zero-sum game", said President Jokowi at the ASEAN-Australia special summit.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his 10 ASEAN counterparts have re-emphasised to China the importance of freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Seas as they wrapped up a special summit in Sydney.

The New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow initiative provides the opportunity for Australian undergraduates to study and undertake work-based experiences specifically in the ASEAN region.

Canberra today announced a A$30 million (RM90.5 million) investment to help develop cities across Southeast Asia in smart and sustainable ways.

On social issues, Australia expressed its support to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women to realise sustained, inclusive peace and prosperity and economic development.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, whose nation is not an ASEAN member, told reporters outside the meeting that the region's leaders were clear-eyed about their own interests, particularly in relation to China as a crucial trading partner and source of infrastructure funding.

"Asean cities are growing at an extraordinary rate, with more than 90 million people expected to move to urban areas across (the region) by 2030".

Australia now is an existing program which is a "a celebration of Australia delivered annually in a country or region of strategic significance" for the goal of "building relationships for the future".

The heads of ASEAN's member states officially adopted The Sydney Declaration - a document peppered with initiatives that recognise the advance of the digital revolution and its role in the region's future.

"Australia is an increasingly popular choice for ASEAN students seeking a world-class education".

Both events were held at International Convention Centre in Sydney.

The leaders of Australia and Singapore closed a regional summit on Sunday with a stand against against protectionism, arguing in favour of multi-nation trade deals as fears mount that U.S. plans for new tariffs could stoke a global trade war.

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