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Regional security takes centerstage in Abe's ASEAN 2017 trip

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The Japanese prime minister makes repeated calls to put pressure on North Korea to stop its missile and nuclear program

SECURITY CONCERNS. Japan's Shinzo Abe wants the international community to put pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

East Asia Summit: 'Unprecedented sense of crisis' over North Korea

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:44 PM

The Japanese prime minister urges the international community to put the pressure on North Korea and force it to end its nuclear and missile tests

PRESSURE ON PYONGYANG. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is among the many world leaders who want the international community to put the pressure on North Korea. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Japan PM Abe arrives in PH for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 PM

This is Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's second visit to the Philippines with Duterte as president

PH, JAPAN. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

East Asia Summit to slam murder of Kim Jong-Nam

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Leaders of the East Asia Summit make a call to 'prohibit the use of chemical weapons and toxic materials as weapons,' a draft statement shows

SLAIN BROTHER. A man watches a television showing news reports of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Seoul on February 14, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Trump to skip key event in PH 'purely for scheduling reasons'

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:46 PM

US President Donald Trump will be in the Philippines only from November 12 to 13, and will skip the East Asia Summit on November 14

AMERICAN LEADER. US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on hurricane relief efforts in Dallas, Texas, on October 25, 2017. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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Trump in PH November 12-13, will skip East Asia Summit

Oct 25, 2017 - 1:07 PM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will likely attend the major summit in Trump's stead, says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling

Sep 08, 2016 - 12:17 PM

5th UPDATE Obama: The landmark arbitration ruling in July which is binding helped clarify maritime rights in the region

WARNING. US President Barack Obama speaks during the 4th ASEAN - US Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

VLOG: ASEAN, China agree to conclude sea pact

Nov 23, 2015 - 4:22 PM

ASEAN and partner nations says they support efforts to finalize a code of conduct on the South China Sea

China: Construction at sea will benefit other countries

Nov 23, 2015 - 7:54 AM

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin says China s construction activities are meant to better serve commercial ships fishermen and provide more public services

ISLAND BUILDING. A recent image shows China's reclamation on Zamora Reef (Subi Reef) in the Spratly Islands, located in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee/DigitalGlobe

Historic ASEAN summit opens under shadow of terror

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Here s what s on the table and what s at stake for the Southeast Asian bloc

ASEAN SUMMIT OPENS. Armed Malaysian soldiers and police officers secure the area outside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the venue of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 19, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Palace: PH, Japan strategic partners on peace, security

Aug 09, 2015 - 12:00 AM

This is in response to China s supposed claims that the Philippines is conniving with Japan over the West Philippine Sea dispute

STRATEGIC PARTNERS. President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the Signing Ceremony on June 4, 2015, during Aquino's state visit to Japan. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Complex turns for Xi on China's diplomatic path

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:06 AM

As it further engages with the world analysts say China will have to perform ever more complicated balancing acts to meet its international responsibilities and domestic goals

Chinese President Xi Jinping speak to reporters during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 12 November 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Jokowi presents maritime vision in Myanmar Jakarta wants to charge higher vehicle ownership taxes subsidized fuel price hike hurdles and more

HIGHER TAXES. Jakarta wants to impose higher taxes on vehicle ownership. File photo by AFP

Doktrin Jokowi: Indonesia poros maritim dunia

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:48 PM

Pidato oleh Presiden RI Joko Widodo pada Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi Asia Timur ke 9 Sesi Paripurna Naypyidaw Myanmar 13 November 2014

WORLD LEADERS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (4th L) and other world leaders, including Myanmar President Thein Sein (C-white top), US President Barack Obama (8th R), and China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang (9th L),  pose for a group photo before the Plenary Session for the 9th East Asia Summit (ESA) in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on November 13, 2014. Photo by AFP

Aquino goes soft on China in ASEAN Summit

Nov 13, 2014 - 6:59 AM

The President says the gentle reminders are because of the more positive relationship the Philippines enjoys with China because of developments in the region

SOFTER STANCE. President Benigno Aquino III is a lot less aggressive with his statements about China compared to past ASEAN summits. Malacañang Photo Bureau

VLOG: China, integration take center stage at ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:30 PM

ASEAN member nations agree on the need to conclude a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea as ASEAN gears up for an integrated ASEAN Economic Community in 2015

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (5-L) holds hands with Myanmar President Thein Sein (C) and leaders of the other ten nations during the 25th ASEAN Summit. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

PH seeks ASEAN partners' support for case vs China

Nov 12, 2014 - 8:15 PM

In Myanmar President Benigno Aquino III reiterates the importance of pursuing a peaceful resolution to the maritime dispute in various ASEAN related summits and is adamant about pushing for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

SEEKING SUPPORT. President Benigno Aquino III seeks support from ASEAN dialogue partner for its arbitral case against China. Malacañang Photo Bureau

25th ASEAN Summit opens in Myanmar

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:51 AM

UPDATED President Benigno Aquino III is the last ASEAN head of state to arrive as Myanmar President Thein Sein welcomes guests to the 25th ASEAN Summit

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders (L-R) Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong link their hand for a group photo session during the opening ceremony of the 25th ASEAN Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, 12 November 2014. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

New joust over South China Sea expected at ASEAN

Nov 10, 2014 - 12:11 PM

Analysts and diplomats are skeptical of a tangible deal as China prefers bilateral talks with its smaller neighbors allowing it to exert its massive economic and political leverage

DISPUTED ISLANDS. An aerial photo shows Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011. File photo by Rolex dela Peña/Pool/AFP

Putin is latest Asia summit no-show to raise eyebrows

Oct 09, 2013 - 10:59 PM

Organizers of the East Asia Summit are disappointed in the Russian leader s apparent lack of interest in the region

NO-SHOW. Vladimir Putin's decision not to attend the ASEAN-organized East Asia Summit kindles doubts of his interest in Southeast Asia. Photo by EPA/Maxim Shipenkov

Obama cancels PH trip due to shutdown

Oct 02, 2013 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED US Secretary of State John Kerry set to come in his place President Aquino says he understands Obama s decision

TRIP CUT SHORT. US President Barack Obama cuts short his Southeast Asia trip, canceling stops in Malaysia and the Philippines, due to the federal government shutdown. In this photo, Obama turns away from the podium after delivering a statement at the White House in Washington DC, USA, 27 September 2013. EPA/Michael Reynolds

Obama’s visit to the PH, Southeast Asia

Sep 22, 2013 - 11:59 AM

Whatever assurances and aid that the US President offers they are not gifts but means to advance US interest

South China Sea row focus of Southeast Asia forum

Jun 30, 2013 - 7:15 AM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said ASEAN would continue to press its case with China in Brunei

PREPS FOR ASEAN MEETING. Members of the media stand at the information counter for the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan on June 29, 2013. Photo by AFP / Roslan Rahman

China, haze to dominate Asia security meeting

Jun 28, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Last year s meetings were marred by sharp disunity within ASEAN over how to confront Beijing s growing assertiveness in staking its claim to virtually all of the South China Sea

HAZY SKYLINE. Visitors walk through a park near Petronas Towers which is just visible through the haze in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Ahmad Yusni

Obama to raise PH-China tussles at Asia summits

Mar 13, 2013 - 6:56 AM

US President Barack Obama pledged to bring up maritime disputes boiling between China and its neighbors at the US ASEAN and East Asia summits in Brunei in October

With new term, Obama doubles down on Asia

Nov 11, 2012 - 12:40 PM

After a convincing re election victory US President Barack Obama looks set for another four years of reorienting the United States toward Asia at a time of uncertainty over a rising China

US President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One followed by daughter Sasha at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on November 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad