- Title: LAOS: WORLD LEADERS ARRIVE FOR THE TENTH ASEAN SUMMIT
- Date: 28th November 2004
- Summary: (W3)VIENTIANE, LAOS (NOVEMBER 28, 2004) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV CHINESE PREMIER WEN JIABAO'S JUMBO JET LANDING 0.05 2. SV WELCOMING COMMITTEE WITH CHINESE FLAGS (2 SHOTS) 0.14 3. SLV WEN COMING DOWN STEPS/ CROWD WAVING LAOS AND CHINESE FLAGS 0.20 4. SV/LV/CU WEN GETS INTO LIMOUSINE/DRIVES AWAY (6 SHOTS) 1.11 5. SV/SLV PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO WALKS DOWN STEPS OF PLANE/GREETING (3 SHOTS) 1.50 6. SV/MCU INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO WALKS DOWN STEPS OF PLANE WHERE HE IS GREETED BY WELCOMING COMMITTEE (2 SHOTS) 2.27 7. SLV/SV EXTERIOR OF CONVENTION CENTRE/LAGS/SECURITY (2 SHOTS) 2.40 8. SV LEADERS OF CAMBODIA, MYANMAR, LAOS AND VIETNAM WALKING IN TO MEETING 2.50 9. SLV OF LEADERS ON PODIUM FOR PHOTO OP 3.14 10. SLV/MCU/SV/LV OF LEADERS SIGNING DECLARATION ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION (4 SHOTS) 3.46 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 13th December 2004 12:00
- Location: VIENTIANE,LAOS
- Country: Laos
- Reuters ID: LVABZVG40XPEZR50L89YFFDW96NV
- Story Text: Normally sleepy Vientiane airport in Laos woken up
by the roar of jumbo jets bringing world leaders to the
tenth ASEAN summit.
Wattay Airport in the Lao capital Vientiane normally
handles only a handful of regional flights every week.
But on Sunday (November 28) the airport, whose runway
was specially extended to handle jumbo jets, welcomed world
leaders ahead of the 10th ASEAN (The Association of South
East Asian Nations ) summit.
The most enthusiastic welcome was reserved for Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao, who is expected to sign a free trade
agreement with ASEAN countries during the meeting.
A crowd of onlookers waved Lao and Chinese flags as Wen
walked down the aircraft steps.
Welcomes for Indonesian President Yudhoyono and
Philippine President for Arroyo were much more low-key.
Earlier in the day, leaders from some of ASEAN's
poorest economies signed a trade and economic cooperation
agreement - the first of a raft of such agreements that
ASEAN leaders will sign during their upcoming summit in
Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam are the only ASEAN
members who are not also members of APEC (Asia pacific
economic cooperation) - which hosted its own summit in
Chile earlier this month.
They share the waters of the Mekong River - as well as
many of the same economic and developmental problems which
the declaration goes some way to addressing.
The declaration is the first of a series of agreements
that leaders from ASEAN countries are expected to sign
between themselves and with their dialogue partners from
Japan, South Korea, China,India, Australia and New Zealand.
Among them, the ASEAN-China free trade agreement is
the most significant--it would effectively create the
world's largest free trade area. Under the agreement, the
two sides would start cutting tariffs on July 1, 2005
making it easier for the ASEAN nations to export goods into
China and import Chinese products. Cooperation on fighting
terror is also high on the agenda.
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and
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