Singapore's Asem 'baby' grows up

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives in Brussels today to sign the European Union-Singapore free trade agreement (FTA) and to take part in the biennial Asia-Europe meeting, known as Asem.

Singapore, along with France, was the prime mover in launching Asem two decades ago. Apart from the United Nations General Assembly, Asem will be the biggest gathering of world leaders this year, with its 53 members representing two-thirds of the world's population, trade and gross domestic product.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2018, with the headline 'Singapore's Asem 'baby' grows up'. Print Edition | Subscribe