Tag - asean



May 28, 2015
Militaries play nice in the South China Sea
Southeast Asian militaries are talking and sharing more as they seek to prevent accidents in the South China Sea, despite inertia from governments over territorial disputes with China.
May 24, 2015
Rohingya refugees deserve better
More must be done to solve the Rohingya refugee crisis, which has drawn a woefully meager response from the governments of Southeast Asia.
May 22, 2015
'Boat people' likely posing as Rohingya for aid, says Myanmar general
Myanmar's military commander has said some "boat people" landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are likely pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to receive U.N. aid and that many had fled neighboring Bangladesh, state media reported on Friday.
May 21, 2015
Rohingya refugee crisis shames Southeast Asia
ASEAN members are failing to adequately address the humanitarian crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim boat people.
May 18, 2015
Tensions rising in South China Sea
Beijing should exercise self-restraint to help dispel concerns over its perceived attempts to secure its interests in the South China Sea at the expense of other states in the region.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 15, 2015
Asia eyes Japan defense option
Since Japan has taken a major step toward defending other countries, nations in Southeast Asia are paying attention to the move as a potential way to rein in China's recent muscle-flexing.
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.
JAPAN / Politics
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.
Apr 28, 2015
Beijing 'extremely concerned' by ASEAN statement on South China Sea disputes
China's foreign ministry said Tuesday that it was "extremely concerned" after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worries about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea.
Apr 6, 2015
ASEAN leaders aim to narrow economic gap in region: draft declaration
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will push for more engagement with the private sector to narrow the gap among their countries as the bloc strives toward a common market by the end of this year, according to a draft declaration set to be adopted by the leaders at a summit later...
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2015
In bid to 'split ASEAN,' China pours money, arms into Cambodian military
When Defense Minister Tea Banh addressed graduates last month at Cambodia's prestigious Army Institute, he directed his thanks to the guests who made it all possible: a group of crisply dressed officers from China's People's Liberation Army.
Mar 16, 2015
How to succeed in business on the frontiers after China
So how should investors conduct business in Asia's frontier markets beyond China — in countries with limited rule of law and transparency?
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.
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.
Feb 12, 2015
Japan and ASEAN to start dialogue on transnational crime and terrorism
Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plan to launch a high-level dialogue to explore ways to deal with with transnational organized crime and terrorism.
Japan Times
Feb 6, 2015
ASEAN integration a boon for TPP nations
The proposed ASEAN Economic Community could offer new market opportunities for nations such as Japan that are currently in talks to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Malaysian minister has said.
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.
Jan 25, 2015
ASEAN captain Malaysia prepares to set sail into maritime disputes, 'democratic recession'
As Malaysia takes over the ASEAN chairmanship for 2015, it faces the challenges of intractable territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the 'democratic recession' in the region.
Dec 26, 2014
Unlocking ASEAN's true economic potential
Some critics insist that ASEAN members vary too widely in terms of economic development to create a smoothly functioning manufacturing entity. But ASEAN, unlike the European Union, is not trying to form a monetary union.
Dec 18, 2014
Japan, three ASEAN nations to survey Strait of Malacca
Japan and three Southeast Asian nations will jointly survey the Strait of Malacca for hazards to shipping next year.


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