Category Archives: ASEAN

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/britain-plans-send-warship-south-china-sea-move-likely-irk-beijing

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 MAY 2017

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s weapon systems cause jitters at Asean over South China Sea dispute

Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapon systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to ­prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2072741/chinas-weapon-systems-cause-jitters-asean-over-south-china-sea
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-21/asean-unsettled-by-china-weapon-systems-tension-in-south-china-sea.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-blocking-asean/2981110.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-to-receive-600-aid-from-china/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/china-cambodia-aid-deal/

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up
http://www.dw.com/en/are-south-china-sea-tensions-triggering-an-arms-race/a-18927467

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

The successful Asean we all want to see built and that we all aspire to is still a work in progress. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/648732/eight-challenges-asean-must-overcome

29 MAY 2015

Southeast Asia nations agree on anti-trafficking task force

Countries affected by the Asian migrant crisis issue have agreed to establish an anti-trafficking task force, but the Rohingya migrants still face an uncertain future
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asia-nations/1880868.html https://sg.news.yahoo.com/no-miracle-solution-asian-migrant-crisis-meeting-183515970.html

20 MAY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia agree to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants

Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday they would offer shelter to 7,000 « boat people » adrift at sea in rickety boats but made clear their assistance was temporary and they would take no more
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/490534/news/world/malaysia-indonesia-to-let-boat-people-come-ashore-temporarily
http://www.asianewsnet.net/REFUGEE-CRISIS-Malaysia-Indonesia-agree-to-offer-t-75333.html

14 MAY 2015

Understanding Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis

About 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in the first three months of 2015, according to a United Nations estimate
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/14/world/asia/Understanding-Southeast-Asias-Migrant-Crisis.html?ref=asia