U.S. tries to cool sea tensions at Asia security summit

Aug 11, 2014

U.S. tries to cool sea tensions at Asia security summit

The United States on Sunday pressed its case for a freeze on hostile acts in waters contested by China and its Southeast Asian neighbors, but said it did not want to “confront” Beijing over its strategy in the region. U.S. Secretary of State John ...

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Aug 7, 2014

Kishida looking to hold talks with China, North Korea this weekend

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to hold informal talks with his Chinese and North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum this weekend in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw, government sources said. It is not known whether Kishida ...

Aug 7, 2014

Why ASEAN has not condemned Thailand

by Simon Tay

It is not a given that ASEAN won't condemn Thailand's recent military coup. At present, though, most neighbors regard the events as an internal matter while more than two-thirds of Thais surveyed report being happier now than before the intervention.

May 12, 2014

Japan to send 3,000 volunteers to teach language in ASEAN nations

Japan will promote its language in ASEAN member states by sending about 3,000 volunteers to local high schools over a seven-year period starting this year, a government source said Monday. The ¥10 billion project is aimed at strengthening relations with the Association of Southeast ...