Last week, Singapore hosted the ASEAN summit at the good ol’ Shangri-la Hotel. At the summit, top leaders discussed details of the preliminary phase of the ASEAN smart cities network, and looked at a statement on the network and on cyber-security cooperation. Another important focus were regional and international developments, including maritime cooperation and security in the South China Sea, and the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Although most leaders were expected to show up, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were absent (there’s speculation that you’re determined to keep your silence on the immigrant’s crisis, Madam Aung). Meanwhile, Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc was one of the first to arrive, attending a business forum on April 25  to mark 45 years of diplomatic ties, and 5 years of strategic partnership between Vietnam and Singapore. Economic cooperation was Mr Phuc’s top agenda, especially after trade between both countries hit a record of $21.6 billion last year.

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