This is the first time the annual event held online, attracting the participation of hundreds of experts, scholars and reporters from countries in the Southeast Asian region and the world.

Passengers wear face masks to prevent SARS-CoV-2 at an airport in Thailand. (Photo for illustration)

In his opening remarks, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute Director Choi Shing Kwok said that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused difficulties, changes, and uncertainties to all people.

Themed “Power, Policy and Politics in a Post-COVID World,” the forum examined key dynamics at the regional and national levels, informed by two far-reaching global events – the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.

Participants are also expected to discuss the new normal outlook in the U.S.-China relations after the election, as well as its impact on the Southeast Asian region, and analyze political and economic development trends in the five ASEAN countries of Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia.

Source: VNA