“[Prapat Thepchatree, Southeast Asean Studies Programme]: "In the long term, ASEAN countries need to cooperate among themselves in order to develop their economy, to develop their abilities to compete with other countries, to strengthen their financial management, and then we will be able help ourselves.”
“Asean finance ministers vow to avoid overheating, but remain mute on yuan ASEAN finance ministers have vowed to co-ordinate policies to avoid economic overheating in the fast-growing region, following a semi-annual gathering dominated political tension in Thailand and the avoidance of any criticism of China's currency management.”
“Taiwan argues that Taiwan is in the imminent risk of marginalization in the world trading system because China and ASEAN will form a free trade area （hereinafter referred to as 「ASEAN plus China」）in 2010, and also because Taiwan has failed to establish any free trade agreement（hereinafter referred to as 「FTA」）with major trading nations like the United States and Japan.”
“Thepchatree, Southeast Asean Studies Programme]: "In the long term, ASEAN countries need to cooperate among themselves in order to develop their economy, to develop their abilities to compete with other countries, to strengthen their financial management, and then we will be able help ourselves.”
“So I think there has to be a lot more work needed to be done on trade and also some regional activities like setting up the regional rice reserve, which ADB (Asian Development Bank) is working on within ASEAN+3 countries at the moment.”
“Indonesia's partners in ASEAN, can accelerate the on-going dialogue under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, and give it some impetus and real substance.”
“The official language of ASEAN is English, and business skills and languages are critical to the region's future.”
“Chak writes that “[i] t seems that ASEAN is simply irrelevant when it comes to member states’ security … [and that continued lack of action will mean] ASEAN cannot continue to be considered a crucial regional body.””
“While I can't pre-judge the outcome of that election, we have expressed concerns about it in ASEAN.”
“The ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan told journalists the leaders of ASEAN and the three countries emphasized the growing importance of their group, known as the ASEAN plus three.”
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