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Vietnam warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit
The immediate focus for the 10-member bloc is the crippling cost of the coronavirus, which has ravaged the economies of tourism and export-reliant countries such as Thailand and Vietnam
Chinese aggression, pandemic likely to delay sea code – analysts
Still, experts agree that pursuing the code of conduct is a worthwhile investment to show that Southeast Asian nations and China can cooperate to solve disputes
West PH Sea turning into a wasteland – analyst
Reclaiming coral reefs, harvesting giant clams, and overfishing – mostly by China – have reduced the contested sea into a 'boneyard,' says Asia maritime expert Gregory Poling
ASEAN should rally behind Hague ruling to counter Chinese intimidation, experts say
Maritime experts say China will have no choice but to adjust if its Southeast Asian neighbors put up a united front in the strategic waterway
Little hope ASEAN can rein in China in sea dispute – analyst
The long-delayed, highly anticipated code of conduct in the coveted waterway will unlikely restrain China’s assertive actions, says US-based Asia maritime expert Greg Poling
U.S. calls on ASEAN to close markets selling illegal wildlife
The call comes as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic believed to have originated at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China
PH pushes for stronger cooperation in ASEAN amid coronavirus pandemic
During the region's first videoconference summit between heads of state, President Rodrigo Duterte calls for closer collaboration in strengthening health systems and ensuring food security during the coronavirus crisis
Duterte rejects Trump's invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit
President Rodrigo Duterte harks back to his rocky relationship with former US president Barack Obama, who criticized Duterte's drug war in a 2016 speech
ASEAN foreign ministers agree to hold summit with Trump
But Southeast Asian leaders will have the final say on whether or not they will attend the meeting scheduled to take place in March 2020
5 PH-South Korea deals signed, but no free trade agreement yet
Only a statement on an 'early achievement package' on the much-awaited FTA is signed during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Busan, South Korea
Duterte leaves for ASEAN-Korea summit in Busan
President Rodrigo Duterte will also meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit
Southeast Asian leaders snub U.S. meeting after Trump skips ASEAN Summit
The sparsely attended address from National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien stood in contrast to earlier ASEAN meetings, which had all been attended by most heads of state
Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules
(UPDATED) China's premier Li Keqiang says the first reading of the code of conduct – a chance for all members to comment on the draft terms – is 'a very important landmark'
Del Rosario: South China Sea code must incorporate Hague ruling
'Our region cannot promote the rule of law while ignoring the law as it stands,' says former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario
Carpio offers 5 ways ASEAN can counter Chinese intimidation in South China Sea
(UPDATED) Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio also warns against China declaring it wanted the South China Sea code signed before 2022, saying this would likely happen after Beijing reclaims Scarborough Shoal
Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN meeting
Thai authorities say there were 9 successful or attempted bomb blasts throughout Bangkok which left 4 wounded as the city hosted the ASEAN ministerial meeting
Pompeo to ASEAN: We're not asking to 'choose between' U.S., China
In his opening remarks during the ASEAN ministerial meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, our 'engagement in this region has not been and will not be a zero-sum exercise'
In ASEAN, Duterte vents 'disappointment' over sea code delays
Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks at the ASEAN Summit show he is 'not beholden to or afraid of any foreign country'
Oops! Duterte can't reach Singapore PM in ASEAN handshake
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong share an awkward moment during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok
Philippines calls for 'upgrade of worker skills' in ASEAN
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asks other Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders for support in enhancing human development in the workforce
Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a 'Bangkok Declaration' on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to 'prevent and significantly reduce marine debris'
Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country
'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok
ASEAN economies affected by US-China trade war – Lopez
'ASEAN should be prepared and have better trading performance with other countries not involved in the US-China trade issue,' says Philippine trade chief Ramon Lopez
Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash
The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen
[OPINION] The world according to Rodolfo Severino
Severino will be remembered as a great Filipino statesman in the tradition of those who served their homeland well by serving the world of nations
Signing of ASEAN-Japan trade Protocol: What this means for Filipinos
Japan has been a close ally and strong trade partner to the Philippines. Trade relations are about to get better with the First Protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement
[OPINION] Thailand puts its spice in ASEAN 2019
Thailand has been cooking up a set of major 'dishes' it plans to serve at this year’s ASEAN 'party'
China: Dominant, distrusted in ASEAN
While its dominance is acknowledged, China is not seen as an altruistic presence by most respondents in Southeast Asia, according to a report of the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Center
[OPINION] In seeking solutions to Rohingya crisis, ASEAN must learn from the past
The displacement of Rohingya is a regional crisis that needs regional solutions. The largest refugee camp in the world sits at the doorstep of ASEAN.
U.S. urges sustained sanctions pressure on North Korea
In remarks at the opening of a meeting with Southeast Asian leaders, Vice President Mike Pence says America's regional 'partnership also includes our pressure campaign regarding' the North
Singapore deploys 'robocop' for ASEAN summit 2018
The white, four-wheeled buggy, measuring about 5-feet high, patrolled around the perimeter of a convention center, providing additional security
China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo
'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
[ANALYSIS] Why is Philippine inflation now the highest in ASEAN?
Inflation expectations matter because they change how people behave. It’s in government’s interest to manage these expectations from time to time.
Asian countries denounce 'real threat' of global trade war
Some ministers have called for the early conclusion of talks for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation pact poised to become the world's largest free-trade agreement
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China wants military drills with ASEAN in disputed sea, excluding U.S.
Beijing's suggestions are part of efforts to expand its influence in the South China Sea, which it claims almost entirely, and push back at Washington which has backed countries with overlapping claims to the waters
ASEAN to hit China reclamation, hail Trump-Kim talks
In a draft statement, ASEAN foreign ministers say land reclamations in the South China Sea 'have eroded trust and confidence' and 'increased tensions'
U.S. to urge pressure against North Korea at Asia talks
A US official says Washington is 'concerned' by North Korean violations of UN-approved sanctions, including illegal shipments of oil by sea
Where Duterte, Mahathir stand on pressing ASEAN issues
(UPDATED) One embraces China investments with open arms, the other shows more caution. One sees US President Donald Trump as a 'friend,' the other calls him an 'international bully.'
[OPINION] Why is the Philippine peso the weakest in ASEAN?
A weakening peso is symptomatic of other things happening in the economy. Most importantly, it suggests we are increasingly becoming a net borrower from the rest of the world, owing to our colossal import bill boosted by Duterte’s 'Build, Build, Build'.
North Korea's Kim Jong-Un now Duterte's 'idol'
President Rodrigo Duterte hails Kim Jong-Un for showing North Korea's commitment to pursue denuclearization, and for its bid to end its decades-long rift with South Korea
LOOK: ASEAN leaders' 'family photo' at 32nd Summit in Singapore
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations pose for their annual family photo
Southeast Asia faces threats from ISIS, cyberattacks – ASEAN chair
At the opening of the 32nd ASEAN Summit, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tells fellow leaders that ISIS continues to threaten the region
Duterte taking 8-seater private plane to Singapore
The Philippine president also intends to take a smaller delegation to Singapore for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit
Duterte off to Singapore for ASEAN Summit in late April
President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to meet with the Filipino community during his Singapore trip
ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm
While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya
ASEAN military chiefs push for peace in South China Sea
ASEAN military chiefs also stress the need for 'a peaceful resolution' of the South China Sea dispute
Duterte not attending ASEAN-Australia Summit
(UPDATED) Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte prefers to be in the country to attend the Philippine Military Academy graduation and address other national concerns
Ex-envoy says OFWs should consider ASEAN for jobs
Former envoy to the ASEAN Orlando Mercado says that member-states within the region have vibrant arrangements with the Philippines in terms of workers' protection
China activity on reclaimed reef has eroded trust – ASEAN
The ministers from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) did not mention China by name in their statement after a one-day meeting in Singapore