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10 MARCH 2015

South China Sea security architecture to figure in India-ASEAN dialogue

Amid growing concern over China’s territorial assertions in the South China Sea, India and the 10-member ASEAN will discuss the security architecture in the sea as well as connectivity projects with Southeast Asia to give a fillip to India’s Act East policy, a top official said on Tuesday

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Southeast Asia set to become a new EU

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on course to declare its 10-member nations a unified common market as of December 31, 2015, but sceptics say European Union-style economic integration will be difficult to achieve

12 FEBRUARY 2015

ASEAN Eyes Closer Military Ties in 2015

The grouping is mulling new defense initiatives under Malaysia’s chairmanship


Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.


 A new cold war?

With the United States’ renewed affection for Asia provoking suspicion from China, will Southeast Asian nations become pawns as the two superpowers battle for influence?

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea

3 JANUARY 2014

Thai-Cambodian ties ‘warming’

Thailand and Cambodia look set to take a more compromising stance over their dispute on « overlapping » maritime areas, according to a security source. « They have adopted such a stance because they have already reckoned that unsuccessful negotiations mean both sides will lose benefits. If they can’t reach a deal, it will be impossible to use the maritime resources from the overlapping areas, » the source said

27 DECEMBER 2014

ASEAN Way lights path ahead for region

The pursuit of the ASEAN Economic Community – with the goal of forming a single market and production base with a free flow of goods, services, capital and skilled labour – is now in its final stretch

18 DECEMBER 2014

Greater Mekong Subregion likely still a decade away

With the vast Chinese market on its northern doorstep, it is being touted as the next big growth area in Southeast Asia. And it is due to receive a US$51.5 billion boost when Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) leaders meet this week in Bangkok

13 DECEMBER 2014

China, ASEAN should build community of common destiny with strategic mutual trust: Chinese experts 

China and the ASEAN countries should build a community of common destiny with strategic mutual trust to meet the supreme interests of all parties, experts from both sides said at the ASEAN Development Forum 2014 held in Hong Kong on Saturday.

11 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea-Asean Summit marks 25 years of ties

South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have had ties for 25 years, but each of its members continue to have unique values and things to offer each other

10 DECEMBER 2014

Businesses hope for more Korean investments in Singapore, ASEAN companies

The inaugural ASEAN-ROK Business Council Meeting was held in Busan, South Korea on Wednesday (Dec 10) with the aim of boosting co-operation between the private sectors, ASEAN and South Korea.


Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, Southeast Asia at the crossroads: Three paths to prosperity, finds that the region can address its productivity challenges and find new catalysts for growth by pursuing the opportunities associated with three global megatrends

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.

11 NOVEMBER 2014

5 things to watch for at Asean summit

The Asean summit that starts here tomorrow will be the last meeting for ASEAN leaders in 2014 and also the last meeting before the chair rotates from Myanmar to Malaysia. Here are five key issues to look out for:


ASEAN a perennial quiet achiever

On 12 November 2014, ASEAN leaders will gather in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s new capital, for their twice-yearly summit.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Experts: Start work on ASEAN power grid now

A power network that connects the national grids of all ASEAN countries could boost energy security, increase energy supply and, ultimately, make electricity cheaper for people.

23 OCTOBER 2014

ASEAN companies face cybersecurity challenges

As companies in the region go online, they face cybersecurity challenges in an evolving business landscape with new threats and security systems that are often too fragmented and complex

22 OCTOBER 2014

India-ASEAN Trade: Working Toward Greater Manufacturing Integration

By loosening regulations and attracting investors, India hopes to become a global manufacturing hub. Boosting trade ties with ASEAN is an important step in this direction, as India’s exports to ASEAN have increased roughly 10-fold over the past decade, making it a key export market for Indian goods.

10 OCTOBER 2014

Southeast Asia’s Points of Light in a Murky Democratic Dawn

Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, the struggle for democracy in Southeast Asia continues to battle strong headwinds. Sometimes, as in Thailand where the military seized power last May, this has resulted in a complete reversal of course.

10 OCTOBER 2014

Asean+3 upgrades finance body

Asean plus Japan, China and South Korea on Friday signed an agreement to upgrade their Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (Amro) to an international organisation in the future.


Asean issues first joint statement on ISIS crisis

Asean foreign ministers have raised concerns over the situation in Syria and Iraq, issuing their first joint statement on the brewing crisis over militant group ISIS.The 10-nation bloc released a joint statement on the issue yesterday, after an Asean-US ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly


Indonesia ratifies Asean haze pact

The Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which was signed in 2002, went into effect the following year, and Indonesia is the last country to ratify it.


Is bigger better for ASEAN in a mega-regional world?

Big-block trade agreements or ‘mega-regionals’, revolving around one or more major powers, are the latest trend in trade policy negotiations. ASEAN is involved in two: the American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Chinese-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). But are mega-regionals good for trade and economic growth? Will they spur regional and global economic integration? And where does ASEAN stand?


ASEAN: Toward a common voice

A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In a related video, the CEO of GE ASEAN, Stuart Dean, explains the company’s approach to the region.

29 AUGUST 2014

Banking integration in ASEAN gathers pace

The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalise goods, capital and skilled labour flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration still lags behind.

12 AUGUST 2014

Asean calls for progress on Code of Conduct

Expressing serious concern over increased tension in the South China Sea, ASEAN foreign ministers have called for quick progress on a long-delayed Code of Conduct (COC) to manage disputes in the waters where China has rival claims with four ASEAN states

8 AUGUST 2014

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.

5 AUGUST 2014

Southeast Asia Supplying Jihadists to Middle East?

Southeast Asian governments with large Muslim populations are concerned that the nascent Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, or its Islamic rival the al-Nusrah Front, are recruiting young followers for battle and also raising funds throughout the region.

2 AUGUST 2014

Asean to look into boosting security ties ahead of AEC

Asean will explore the ways and means of strengthening cooperation in order to tackle new, non-traditional security threats at the annual ministerial meeting in Nay Pyi Taw next week, an official said

21 JULY 2014

Asean calls for MH17 probe

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has condemned the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and called for an independent investigation into the catastrophe

1 JULY 2014

China and ASEAN’s Economic Integration: Developments & Opportunities

A collection of articles published by China Briefing on this topic

3 JUNE 2014

China-ASEAN Wage Comparisons and the 70 Percent Production Capacity Benchmark

As wage increases in China continue to rise – along with the comparatively high national welfare costs – increasing comment is being made as to the legitimacy of the “China Plus One” scenario. Coined some years ago, this theory – in reality, more of a shrewd observation – suggests that future manufacturing capacity will be placed both in China and externally in another location by the same manufacturer.

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.

24 MAY 2014

Asean’s neutrality is its strength

12 MAY 2014

Asean fires warning shot across China’s bows

Southeast Asian leaders have expressed « serious concern » over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing.

11 MAY 2014

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

Surging maritime tensions dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders Sunday, with Vietnam calling on its regional neighbours for support in its worsening territorial dispute with China

10 MAY 2014

ASEAN FMs Urge Restraint in East China Sea Disputes

Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed concern over escalating tensions in the South China Sea, where China has been involved in maritime disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines

5 MAY 2014

Asean centrality rests on peoples not leaders

As the global strategic landscape has undergone dramatic shifted, the much heralded Asean centrality is being challenged to the core. The most frequently asked questions these days are: Is there such thing as the Asean centrality? If so has Asean earned it?

25 APRIL 2014

Wake-up call for Asean nations

After almost 47 years of Asean’s existence, there are many who are inclined to believe that the region’s present peace and prosperity are the natural order of things. Delivering the 34th Singapore Lecture this week, Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah noted that the region’s strategic landscape would be influenced by changes in the relationship between emergent major and middle powers. Asean’s challenge would be to find its place in the new configuration

21 APRIL 2014

14 nations look to resolve regional boat people issue

In a two-day international workshop titled Special Conference on the Irregular Movement of People, at the Foreign Ministry on Monday and Tuesday, representatives are expected to establish measures to protect asylum seekers and prevent human trafficking and people smuggling in the region

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Asean winning Japan investments

More Japanese companies are choosing the Asean region over China as an investment destination as rising costs and concerns about the environment make Asia’s biggest economy less attractive, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.

24 JANUARY 2014

Asian countries talk up ASEAN at Davos meeting

The strength of ASEAN is at its greatest when members work together, Southeast Asian countries said on Friday at a panel discussing the future of the regional bloc amid ongoing territorial spats with China

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997

15 JANUARY 2014

Will an Integrated ASEAN Region Challenge China?

China’s status as the global darling for foreign investment and trade is facing some competition these days from Southeast Asian nations that, while small, are forming an increasingly important economic bloc. Though the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, comprises a market of 610 million people — less than half the size of China’s — the bloc’s more affluent consumers are looking increasingly attractive, especially to Japanese companies wary of risks stemming from escalating territorial disputes with Beijing

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so.

14 DECEMBER 2013

Japan, ASEAN Pledge Cooperation in Ensuring Freedom of Navigation

Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries have wrapped up a summit in Tokyo with a pledge to cooperate to ensure freedom of air and sea navigation.

13 DECEMBER 2013

Japan ‘to pledge $20 bn aid to Asean’

In a summit of Japan and 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) in loans and grants over five years, public broadcaster NHK and business daily Nikkei reported.

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Building ASEAN as a learning community

In October 2003, member states endorsed the ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II), which established a vision for economic integration through the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). At the 2007 ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the deadline to establish the AEC was shortened from 2020 to 2015, underscoring the determination of ASEAN leaders to achieve this ambitious goal.

22 NOVEMBER 2013

ASEAN as pawn in great power game

Without a cohesive identity and clear future vision, ASEAN will risk strategic irrelevance and remain at the mercy of great power rivalry between China and the USA for regional influence

24 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing Unveils New Strategy for ASEAN–China Relations

ASEAN–China relations have improved dramatically over the past decade since the inking of their strategic partnership on August 29, 2003. Two-way trade increased more than six-fold over the last ten years to top $400 billion last year, while investments exceeded $100 billion during the same period

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

Joining ASEAN had crucial social, political, economic and security implications for Vietnam. Vietnam’s membership of the grouping integrated its security with the whole of Southeast Asia and created a favourable environment for economic development. This, in turn, raised Vietnam’s global image, leading to increased cooperation with multiple players in the region and greater bargaining clout with super powers like the United States and China.

11 OCTOBER 2013

Wrap-up of the 23rd ASEAN Summit

The major achievements of the 23rd ASEAN Summit held this week in Brunei can be linked to what did and did not happen.

10 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature.

9 OCTOBER 2013

ASEAN summit gets under way in Brunei

Asian leaders are gathering in Brunei against a backdrop of divisive territorial disputes and flagging free trade efforts, with China taking expected to take on a prominent role in the absence of US President Barack Obama.


Asean is not yet ready for integration, Mahathir says

Singapore is the onlymember that will be completely ready for economic integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, and some of the group’s poorer members should be allowed to retain their economic protections, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday


Diamond decade’ ahead for China, Asean

Trade and investment between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to more than double by 2020, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.These goals are part of what the premier calls a « diamond decade » of relations the two must strive to achieve. Trade is expected to reach US$1 trillion in 2020, compared with $400 billion last year, Li said at the 10th China-Asean Expo, which opened on Tuesday in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region

20 AUGUST 2013

US firms doubt AEC single market goal

Two leading American business groups Tuesday said US firms operating in Asean countries are sceptical the regional bloc can meet a 2015 deadline to establish a single market.

14 AUGUST 2013

ASEAN vows unity on South China Sea: Thai official

Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday vowed unity in pressing China to accept a binding code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea, the Thai foreign ministry said.

12 JULY 2013

ASEAN: between China and America

Where is ASEAN going right now? Cambodia had a difficult year as ASEAN Chair in 2012,  struggling with unfortunate regional tension on the issue of South China Sea, which resulted in ASEAN’s disunity for the first time in 45 years.                                                             

4 JULY 2013

China Agrees to Discuss ‘Code of Conduct’ Rules

This week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations appeared to make progress on addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Following meetings in Brunei, the group announced that China had agreed to discuss a set of rules known as the “code of conduct” to avoid conflict in the disputed waters                                                                                           

2 JULY 2013

China and its Neighbors

In recent years China’s claims in the South China Sea have provoked much regional tension with the Philippines and Vietnam, although while the Philippines and Vietnam also have conflicting claims between each other over most of the Spratly Islands, there has not been much tension between these two nations. Malaysia and Brunei, despite being also parties to the Spratlys dispute, have been keeping a low profile.

24 JUNE 2013

Southeast Asia : The next crisis ?

Southeast Asia, so long a byway of the world economy, has become a well-worn path for foreign investors seeking refuge from the continuing after-effects of the global financial crisis. They have come because the region has been surging ahead over the last few years, even as the West slumped, China readjusted and India stuttered.                                                                            

14 JUNE 2013

US investment shifts to ASEAN

As China and India begin to lose luster, private investors are increasingly setting their gaze on the diverse and rapidly growing countries of ASEAN. For US businesses, the shift has become especially palpable.

2 JUNE 2013

How indigenous people are turned off their lands

Hundreds of thousands in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand are said to have been displaced

23 MAY 2013

China and its Southeast Asian neighbours need more strategic capital

Early this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding and strategic trust, and show support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan also visited Brunei and held a consultative meeting with the 10 ASEAN Defence Ministers on the sideline of the seventh ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting to exchange views on regional security issues and discuss measures to reduce tensions in the region, particularly in the South China Sea. Yet there is still a long way to go before a true partnership between ASEAN and China can take hold, with greater investments in strategic trust required.

29 APRIL 2013

Wrap-up of the 22nd ASEAN Summit

Last week the ASEAN Summit and its associated preparatory meetings took place in Brunei. Here are a few developments related to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)                                                                                                                                      

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

While Julia Gillard was preparing for her high-profile visit to China, less noticed by the Australian media was a visit to the United States from 1 to 4 April by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee took a senior delegation of ministers and officials and was afforded excellent access: a meeting with President Obama, and calls with the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury among others. As Obama put it in his remarks to the media during Lee’s call, the US has an ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Singapore: ‘We have extremely close military cooperation. And I want to thank Singapore for all the facilities that they provide that allow us to maintain our effective Pacific presence.’

26 MARCH 2013

Religion, race and politics: ASEAN’s Gordian knot

It’s time for ASEAN to play a constructive role in tackling religious and racial tensions across the region.

22 MACH 2013

On the fast track to a Singapore–Malaysia economic union?

The recent announcement of a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a commute of only 90 minutes, has raised the prospect of closer economic integration between the two cities.                                                             

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

Suffice it to say that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building good neighbourly ties between the nations that they are leading.

13 MARCH 2013

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

Japan on Wednesday 13 March called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China                                                      

10 MARCH 2013

Funding tertiary education in Southeast Asia and beyond

In recent decades Southeast Asian countries have simultaneously enjoyed rapid economic growth and a significant expansion of the higher education sector. But many countries in the region are finding it difficult to pay for this expansion of their universities.

5 MARCH 2013

Countering Maritime Piracy and Robbery in Southeast Asia: The Role of the ReCAAP Agreement (see PDF)

22 FEBRUARY 2013

ASEAN’s great power dilemma

Since the end of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has engaged the outside world to play an active security role within greater East Asia. In 1994, ASEAN created the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), at which regional powers such as the United States, Japan, and China meet annually to discuss security issues in the region and beyond                          

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia-Singapore Political Obstacle Removed, but Still No Full Implementation of the AFAGIT

Yesterday Singapore’s and Malaysia’s prime ministers announced plans to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This is just the latest progress in improving cross-straits relations. Hopefully, this will help lead to ending the long delay in full implementation of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Goods in Transit (AFAGIT), a key but low-profile aspect of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).


Sombath Case a ‘Blow’ to ASEAN

The “forced disappearance” of Lao activist Sombath Somphone is a blow to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), rights groups said Tuesday, as members of parliament across Asia and Europe urged the Laotian Prime minister to order an “urgent” investigation into his case                                                                                                                                                                   

18 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN dogged by rights concerns

As senior diplomat Le Luong Minh officially assumed the post of ASEAN Secretary-General about a week ago, a court in his home country Vietnam was sending more than a dozen peaceful activists to jail in the largest trial of its kind in the one-party communist state.

13 JANURY 2013

Challenging ASEAN: the American pivot in Southeast Asia

As much as China is front and centre for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN.                                                                                             

9 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes

This is the aim of the organisation’s new secretary general, Vietnam’s Le Luong Minh, who wants a new round of discussions to reach a global code of conduct. Rules on navigation and borders are not only a regional issue, but something vital for everyone

7 JANURY 2013

Brunei to hasten Asean integration

« Brunei’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2013 will be very important in ensuring the ASEAN Community meets its 2015 deadline, and I am confident that Brunei is capable of taking the role as chair », said executive director of the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail Hj Duraman.                                                                                                                                                                                  

20 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed

17 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s Time to Invest in Timor-Leste

As Brunei assumes ASEAN’s chairmanship for 2013, one major question it faces is Timor-Leste’s bid for membership in the group. Despite some ASEAN members’ previous resistance to Timor-Leste’s entrance, the country’s sustained political and economic development over the last year and a half reflect a maturing nation poised for ascension to ASEAN. Brunei has a genuine opportunity to build ASEAN’s inclusiveness and invest in a nation that will pay dividends in the future.



Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

Vietnam nominated Minh to succeed former Thailand foreign minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to be the next secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the term 2013-2017. The secretary general role holds ministerial rank, and rotates among ASEAN countries in alphabetical order.

23 NOVEMBER 2012

US and China vie for influence in SE Asia

When Air Force One touched down in Cambodia this week, Barack Obama became the first US president to visit the country. But during his trip, part of a US attempt to “rebalance” towards Asia, Mr Obama bumped up against a rival power

20 NOVEMBER 2012

No Asean unity in sea row with China

Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) decided on Sunday to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) aimed at preventing violence over disputed territories,-no-agreement-between-the-U.S.-and-Cina-regarding-the-South-China-Sea-26402.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

Leaders at ASEAN summit sign human rights declaration

Southeast Asian leaders endorsed a controversial human rights pact on Sunday during an annual summit in which they also focused on bruising territorial rows and deadly unrest in Myanmar. Heads of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hailed their declaration on human rights as a landmark agreement that would help protect the region’s 600 million people

17 NOVEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s democracy deficit and the protection of human rights

The first-of-its-kind ‘ASEAN Human Rights Declaration’ will be adopted at the ASEAN Summit in November this year.

24 OCTOBER 2012

Free Speech and the Battle for ASEAN

In the last decade, several of ASEAN’s member countries recognized the need for greater regional integration to confront the challenges of the 21st century. They convinced their fellow members to go along, resulting in the 2007 ASEAN Charter and the announcement of the ASEAN Political-Security Community to be established in 2015. The goal of both is the promotion of greater political integration based upon shared values of human rights, rule of law, and democracy. Unfortunately, diverging trends in freedom of expression within ASEAN signal trouble for the fast-approaching 2015 deadline.

17 OCTOBER 1012

The defence of narrow seas in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian states are trying to build up toward an unprecedented level of naval modernisation as tensions in the South China Sea test their abilities to find diplomatic solutions to their territorial disputes.

12 OCTOBER 2012

ASEAN: regional stabiliser in Southeast and East Asia?

On 8 August 2012 ASEAN celebrated its 45th year. As a mature regional economic organisation, ASEAN can act as a potential stabiliser in Southeast and East Asia. ASEAN’s internal developments affect developments in the East Asian region, so the association stands to consolidate this influence by promoting the resolution of the South China Sea issue and supporting Myanmar’s transition to democracy and economic development.


China Mends Fences in Sea Dispute

Following much prodding and diplomacy, China appears to be showing some flexibility in its approach towards drawing up a code of conduct with the Southeast Asian nations aimed at avoiding clashes over competing territorial claims in the vast sea, diplomats in the region told RFA


Experts paint gloomy picture on South China Sea conflict

As China’s military power grows, the potential for conflicts between members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) may increase, and finding solutions within the grouping could become more difficult, experts have said


Clinton calls for ASEAN unity on S China Sea

28 AUGUST 2012

ASEAN ministers vow to narrow gap among nations

ASEAN’s economic meeting pledged on Tuesday 28 to support the association’s new members in order to narrow development gaps between the member countries.

8 AUGUST 2012

The end of ASEAN centrality?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) suffered a major loss of face, at least in the perceptions of some international media and academic experts, owing to its failure to issue its customary joint communique at its last ministerial meeting (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, or the AMM) in Cambodia held during July 9-13.

18 JULY 2012

Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute

Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China.

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011

17 JULY 2012

Why there’s no Asean joint communiqué

I am sharing this article with the Filipino people to inform them of the real state of the discussions during the 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh on July 9. I was present during the discussions in the different sessions.
13 JULY 2012

ASEAN talks fail over South China Sea dispute

Days of heated diplomacy at Southeast Asian talks have ended in failure, as deep splits over China prevented the ASEAN grouping from issuing its customary joint statement for the first time.

1 JUNE 2012

Experts make strong case for Asean integration

Despite the painful lessons from Europe, Asean nations are moving towards integration as a way to boost regional resilience against external shocks

5 MAY 2012

Asean seen as economic growth force by 2015

The Southeast Asian region, with an estimated population of 600 million, is anticipated to join the ranks of China and India as a major economic growth force in Asia should its constituent countries succeed in integrating their economies by 2015

3 APRIL 2012

ASEAN strengthens regional cooperation against human trafficking

Senior officials from the ASEAN member states came together yesterday  April 3  to strengthen ties in the fight against regional human trafficking

3 APRIL 2012

Asean calls for Burma sanctions to be lifted

Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), meeting in Cambodia, have called for economic sanctions against Burma to be lifted


2 Responses to Asean

  1. Jim Placzek says:

    This is a fine and useful set of articles covering the past few years.  Well done.

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