Indonesia demands answers from Australia on asylum boat 'payment'

Jun 13, 2015

Indonesia demands answers from Australia on asylum boat 'payment'

Indonesia’s foreign minister Saturday demanded answers from Canberra over claims Australian officials paid thousands of dollars to turn a boat back to Indonesia after Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to deny the allegations. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia would be “really concerned” if ...

May 26, 2015

Japan to urge Indonesia to cut auto tariffs as agreed in FTA

Japan will urge Indonesia to lower its tariffs on Japanese automobiles as agreed under a bilateral free trade pact that entered into force in 2008, trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday. Miyazawa said Japan and Indonesia are expected to hold bilateral discussions on the ...

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

May 22, 2015

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

Malaysian Navy ships have begun searching the seas for stranded boat people in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores. Meanwhile, Myanmar on Friday carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat. Thousands of Bangladeshis and ...

May 21, 2015

Malaysia orders sea search and rescue for migrants

Malaysia’s prime minister said Thursday he has ordered the navy and the coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting for them ...