The big fuss of the ASEAN Summits in KL this year. And in other news, Chong Wei won Hong Kong Open 2015 title.
Malaysia is the chair of the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) this year, and so my country play host to the annual ASEAN Summit and the other related summits in Kuala Lumpur which will end today. The summits are attended by all the leaders of countries in South East Asia as well as leaders from countries involved in dialogue partners; United States, Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan and South Korea. Our country seldom see the gathering of so many country leaders and so this is a big event accompanied with very tight security in the time of multiple violent attacks by IS across the world.
The VVIPs, like President Barack Obama of USA, China’s Premier Li Keqiang, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and many others were all welcomed to the capital city for the busy schedules during the summits which are collectively opened officially by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. It’s certainly a past busy week for most of them as they had just finished the G20 Summit in Turkey early this week, and then headed to Philippines for APEC Summit, and now the last stop, ASEAN Summit in KL.
The highlight is of course the arrival of Barack Obama again after he had just came to Malaysia last year. It is very uncommon for a US president to visit our country and Obama did that so often. Well, many knew that his main aim coming to Malaysia again this year is to witness and put pressure on the signing of their TPPA economy deal that will benefit the US mostly while also giving pressure to China on the disputes over the territory on the South China Sea with many other ASEAN nations. Before the summit, Obama attended a talk in Taylor’s University (how lucky the students there are) and a college student had the gut to ask Obama to raise the question to PM Najib on his recent scandals (2.6 billion fund and others). Obama replied that he will definitely ask. However, in the end, nothing would be resolved as he answered ‘no comment’ to the controversies plaguing our government. Too bad US couldn’t help much as it is still our internal affair.
While my city is currently busy and almost in a lockdown due to that on-going summits, I’m sitting relaxed in my home watching the final live of the Hong Kong Open 2015 badminton championship. Lee Chong Wei is in the final again after just last weekend’s win in China Open. In this Hong Kong Open, he also defeated China’s current greatest, Chen Long while Lin Dan lost out in early round to other people surprisingly. And the final appeared to be quite easy for Chong Wei as he took down China’s Tian Houwen in two straight games to win the Hong Kong Open for the fourth time. This is also his 41st Superseries title win. Congratulation to him! On the other hand, I’m surprised that many audiences were actually shouting and supporting Chong Wei instead of for China. Well, I do knew that most Hong Kongers don’t like China that much too. Anyway, great for you, Chong Wei! Let’s keep going like this and win us an Olympic gold medal finally on next year at Rio 2016! Full support to you as always…
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)