May 9, 2015

China reserves right to create air zone over South China Sea

China says it reserves the right to establish an air defense identification zone over the South China Sea, a move that would raise tensions in a region racked by territorial disputes. “China is entitled to set up ADIZs,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said ...

May 4, 2015

ASEAN Plus Three pledge further structural reforms

Financial chiefs from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China and South Korea have agreed on the need to promote structural reforms in a bid to promote economic growth, and to be vigilant against risks arising from large capital outflows. Meeting on ...

Apr 27, 2015

ASEAN warns Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in South China Sea

Chinese island-building efforts in the disputed South China Sea, where airstrips are being built on coral reefs, risk undermining “peace, security and stability” in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned at a regional summit on Monday. Beijing’s assertion to almost the entire strategic body ...

Mar 13, 2015

Stronger ties with ASEAN vital to Japan's security: ODA paper

Japan called for stronger ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in an annual report on foreign aid Friday, saying they were vital to ensuring its national security at a time when China’s influence in the region is growing. Seeing the 10-member regional ...

Feb 20, 2015

Japanese support for the AEC

Japan should throw its support behind the regional plan to establish the ASEAN Economic Community by yearend, thus creating a single market and production base of more than 600 million people.

Jan 29, 2015

ASEAN ministers condemn Islamic State actions in hostage crisis

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations condemned the violence perpetrated by militants in Iraq and Syria, including the seizure of two Japanese hostages and the apparent execution of one of them. “We denounce all unlawful acts of destruction, violence and terror ...