Southeast Asian countries must be united in the face of a trade war launched by US President Donald Trump, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said today at a high-level regional business forum, Reuters reported.
The meeting, not far from the Thai capital, is a co-event at the Southeast Asian Nations Association (ASEAN) summit, against the backdrop of tense US-China relations.
US President Donald Trump has announced that a new trade agreement with China will be signed shortly. Where this happens will be announced soon.
Under the plan, the partial trade deal, known as phase one, was due to be signed at the APEC regional summit, which Chile canceled on Wednesday because of a riot in the capital, Santiago.
The death toll rose to at least 44 and left another 19 missing on Nov. 6 from the typhoon that pummeled central and southern Vietnam just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.