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Asean is key to region, says PM Lee as S'pore takes chair

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) handing Mr Lee a symbolic gavel to mark the handover of the chairmanship. Mr Lee said that as Asean chairman in 2018, Singapore will seek to ensure the group promotes and upholds a rules-based regional order.

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ASEAN is a lifeboat for all 10 countries in South-east Asia to come together, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday, on the cusp of Singapore's helming the group.

Asean, which turned 50 this year, is a vehicle "to have our voice heard on the world stage and to be

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