The 17th ASEAN Summit and related summits, including the East Asia Summit (EAS), which were held in Hanoi from Oct. 28-30, got special interests and applause from the world opinions.

At a recent press briefing in Moscow , Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Borodavkin said that ASEAN was an effective model for linkage and cooperation.

The Russian Deputy FM further said that Russia has always considered relations with ASEAN as an important direction in its foreign policy in Asia-Pacific region and the country would continue participate in regional cooperation and linkage, as well as expand the market for goods, technologies and investment to ASEAN countries.

He said that economic, trade and investment cooperation was one of important fields in cooperative ties between Russia and ASEAN.

In the Republic of Korea (RoK), the Yonhap News Agency and major dailies, including Iongang Ilbo, DongA Ilbo, The Korea Herald and Korea Times on Oct. 29 and 30 carried news on the 17 th ASEAN Summit and related summits, stressing that President Lee Myung-bak’s proposal on setting up a mechanism on organisation of RoK-Mekong foreign ministerial meeting would help narrow the development gap among ASEAN member countries and strengthen economic cooperation between ASEAN and the RoK.

The RoK Presidential Spokeswoman Kim Hee-Jung said that the RoK pledged to increase its scholarships to ASEAN countries and expand the Korean Library project in regional countries in order to boost bilateral cooperation in all fields, especially in culture. This was a part of the new Asian initiative, which was announced by President Lee Myung-bak during his Indonesia visit in 2009.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand radio on Oct. 31 cited Prime Minister John Key as saying that the recent Hanoi EAS was positive meeting with discussions focusing on economy. Participating leaders all expressed wishes to see progress in the establishment of the East Asia FTA.

The Indonesia ’s Jakarta Post has also published an article by Awidya Santikajaya, an expert in international relations at the Johns Hopkins University of the US , said that together with ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC), EAS has been one of key mechanisms forming the Asia-Pacific structure.

The article said the Hanoi EAS has an important significance as EAS members officially invited Russia and the US to take part in this mechanism.

Awidya Santikajaya said in his article that after founding in 2005, EAS was defined a block led by ASEAN and was linked to ASEAN summits. ASEAN has been considered as one of the most stable structures of regional cooperation of developing countries. With a population of about 600 million people, political, economic and strategic position of the Southeast Asian region have constantly promoted, attracting international interests./.