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20 MAY 2013 CARI CAPTURES • ISSUE 126 CARI CAPTURES ASEAN REGIONAL COOPERATION 01 ASEAN ON THE RISE ASEAN N I N S DIA C HI TH K EAN LAND AREA GDP (US$ TRILLION) 25,928,067 POPULATION POPULATION DENSITY LIFE EXPECTANCY (YEARS) WORKFORCE (BILLION) ASEAN is stepping up cooperation in different aspects, including the creation of an economic partnership with its six major free trade partners, simplifying visa procedures and bidding to host the World Cup. The five-day Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting involving ASEAN and its six free trade agreement partners, namely Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, concluded on 13 May 2013 The 16-nation initiative aims to create, by 2015, a free trade deal encompassing 3.4 billion people with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$ 20 billion Members have agreed on scopes and programmes for further talk in the trade of goods and services, as well as investment ASEAN is also working towards a common tourist visa for non-ASEAN 19.84 UNEMPLOYMENT 3.38 6.56% POPULATION POVERTY 70.44 BELOW LINE 1.72 19.84% (PERCENTAGE) (BILLION) (INDIVIDUALS PER SQ KM) 130.65 ZEA JAPAN NA AS (SQ KM) OU EW RE A A LI A O S TR LA AU ND THE REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP (LIVING ON LESS THAN US$ 1.25 PER DAY) visitors intending to visit multiple ASEAN countries and an ‘ASEAN business traveller card’ which would allow ASEAN business travellers to travel between member states without a visa On 17 May, ASEAN and European Union (EU) senior officials met in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to discuss disputes in the South China Sea, with EU supporting a peaceful settlement in accordance to international laws including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Meanwhile, ASEAN has expressed interest in working together to host the 2034 World Cup Borneo Bulletin CCTV News Gulf Times Rappler (15 (14 (19 (17 (16 May May May May May 2013) 2013) 2013) 2013) 2013)

CARI Captures Issue 126 (20 MAY 2013)

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