23rd ASEAN Summit closes with agreement on solidarity and cooperation The 23rd ASEAN Summit has come to an end in Brunei. Leaders of the ten ASEAN member states and eight Dialogue Partners, as well as UN representatives agreed to strengthen existing bonds of solidarity and cooperation. The ASEAN bloc has reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining regional peace, security and prosperity. The summit also issued a call for more work toward a future development plan for ASEAN, as the current one expires in 2015. China and ASEAN are vowing to achieve closer ties through the next decade. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says China views ASEAN as a priority and that both sides should seize opportunities to cooperate. Li put forth a seven-point proposal on promoting cooperation in various fields, stressing the importance of consolidating political trust. Myanmar has been appointed Chairman of ASEAN and will take up its duties on January 1st next year.