Brunei. According to
Countryaah website, Brunei and other member countries of the ASEAN
partner organization agreed during the July-August summit,
held in the country, to support the United States in the
fight against terrorism. The agreement with the US means,
among other things, stricter border controls and increased
In December, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah visited US President
George W. Bush for talks on counter-terrorism and trade.
ASEAN signed an agreement with China in November to prevent
an extension of the conflict over the Sprat Islands in the
South China Sea, which Brunei claims. The countries also
agreed to move forward in the creation of a free trade zone.
In August, the Sultan replaced the Minister of Development
and the Minister of Health.