Commentary: Umesh Pandey
This year is going to be yet another one that will define Asean as it continues on a path of strong economic growth partially driven by the expansion of larger neighbours such as China and India.
Asean is now headed by a new secretary general — Le Luong Minh, who was previously the vice foreign affairs minister in Vietnam. As he takes the helm from Thailand’s Surin Pitsuwan who headed the organisation for five years, Mr Minh will help steer the 10-country group toward long-awaited integration at the end of 2015.
Taking the chairmanship of the 10-country group this year is Brunei, amid hopes that some of the diplomatic embarrassments of 2012 during the chairmanship of Cambodia can be laid to rest.
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