Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

National / Politics Jul 31, 2013

Solid ASEAN ties key to Abe strategy

by Daisuke Yamamoto

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visits to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines last week underscores his government's eagerness to forge closer ties with the fast-growing Southeast Asia region as part of efforts to revive Japan's economy. Deepening cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is ...

Abe finds an ally on Chinese claims

National / Politics Jul 26, 2013

Abe finds an ally on Chinese claims

Japan and Malaysia have agreed on the importance of abiding by international law in addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China is claiming islands in direct competition with Southeast Asian countries. During a summit Thursday in Putrajaya, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...

Asia Pacific | ANALYSIS Jul 3, 2013

China turns on charm at ASEAN talks

China turned on the charm at a regional security meeting this week, signaling a change in tone as President Xi Jinping seeks to counter a U.S. push for more influence in Asia. China agreed during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations-hosted forum in Brunei to ...

National / Politics Jul 3, 2013

Japan mum on North envoy chat in Brunei

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he had a short conversation with North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun Monday afternoon as they gathered for ASEAN-related meetings in Brunei. "We exchanged words but I will not go into details," Kishida told reporters after trilateral talks at ...

World / Politics Jun 24, 2013

Abe looking to visit 'strategic' ASEAN members in July

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting certain members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations next month, probably after the July 21 Upper House election, a government source said Sunday. Abe is apparently aiming to strengthen ties with countries involved in territorial disputes with ...

ASEAN, East Asia knit closer financial ties

National / Politics May 5, 2013

ASEAN, East Asia knit closer financial ties

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China and South Korea have agreed to enhance the region's financial cooperation, despite the absence of the Chinese and South Korean finance ministers. At the so-called ASEAN Plus Three meeting involving East Asia's three largest economies, the ...