1. The 21st ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held on 9 September 2020 via videoconference, chaired by His Excellency Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.
Review and Future Direction of ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Cooperation
2. The Ministers reaffirmed the importance of the APT process in promoting peace, stability and cooperation in East Asia towards the long-term goal of building an East Asian community, with ASEAN as the driving force. The Ministers reiterated the commitment to further strengthening and deepening the APT functional cooperation under the APT process. The Ministers further underlined the mutually reinforcing and complementary nature of the APT with other ASEAN-led frameworks. The Ministers also recognized the contribution of the APT to ASEAN’s efforts towards realising the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, the Initiative for ASEAN Integration and deeper regional integration in East Asia.