Australia seeks to build cooperation with Brunei on ASEAN issues

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne made her first working visit to Brunei on Wednesday to hold talks with His Majesty the Sultan and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “This was the first bilateral visit by an Australian Foreign Minister, and [we] discussed ASEAN, our shared regional priorities and valued cooperation on multilateral trade,” Payne said on her Twitter account. Discussions focused on furthering bilateral ties and how Australia and Brunei can work together on key regional issues ahead of Brunei’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in…

Asean morning news for February 19, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   Vietnam: Asean economic integration meeting in Hanoi a successVietnam’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Quốc Khánh talks to Vietnam News Agency about what went on at the recent meeting on Asean economic integration in Hanoi.— The Star Online ASEAN workers facing burnoutThe World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2019 recognised burnout as a diagnosable condition, which was entered into the international classification of diseases (IDC-11).— The Asean Post Asean-EU ties: seeking a middle pathJoseph Borrell, the new EU foreign minister,…

Asean morning news for February 17, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   ASEAN works for ‘coherent, holistic approach’ vs COVID-19Southeast Asian countries are working for “a coherent and holistic approach” in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 that has spread in the region since the new strain of virus was first detected in China in December, the regional bloc’s current chair said on Saturday.— ABS-CBN News SE Asia tourism splutters as virus keeps Chinese at homeElephant parks unvisited, curios at markets unsold as tuk-tuks sit idle: Southeast Asia is facing billions of dollars…

Vietnam To Counter China With Asean Backing On Mekong River Region

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, left, hands over the gavel for ASEAN chairmanship to … [+] Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the closing ceremony of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images Vietnam took over the rotational chair of Asean, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in January 2020, so it’ worth noting that Hanoi’s second foremost foreign policy priority after the South China Sea is reportedly the Mekong River region. While the South…

Sea code high on Asean summit agenda – The Manila Times

HANOI, Vietnam: Member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China expect the completion of the second reading of the code of conduct (COC) covering the disputed South China Sea this year, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. TERRITORIAL CONFLICT Map shows disputed claims in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) including major outposts and facilities on the Spratly Islands. AFP / ADRIAN LEUNG AND GAL ROMA Vietnam Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Thi Thu hang said the South China Sea would be high on the agenda of…

China and ASEAN set emergency meeting on coronavirus

SINGAPORE — China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are preparing to hold an emergency meeting of their foreign ministers this month to discuss the outbreak of the new coronavirus. A diplomatic source from an ASEAN member confirmed that a meeting is being planned. The foreign minister from that country will attend, the source said. The conference, which would be held as early as Feb. 20 in Laos, is intended to share information and improve coordination among China and the 10-nation bloc to combat the virus. The new coronavirus was first detected…

Asean morning news for February 28, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   ASEAN Coronavirus Safety Session Places Middle for Army Drugs Into Focal point Final week, ASEAN’s middle for army drugs held an pressing session to talk about the area’s reaction to the coronavirus.— Daily Research Plot ASEAN countries at risk of dengueThe world welcomed 2020 with paranoia and caution as the novel coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China – spread around the globe.— The Asean Post Thailand Touted for Rare Move to Drop Chinese Plan for Mekong RiverRights groups and researchers have…

Japan urges Asean, Malaysia to make firm stand on South China Sea | New Straits Times

TOKYO: Japan has strongly encouraged Asean nations, particularly Malaysia, to speak up and make a firm stand on their sovereign rights to disputed territories in the South China Sea (SCS). Making the call, Japan’s former deputy foreign minister Hitoshi Tanaka said that “Silence could no longer be golden” and it is high time Asean countries, as stakeholders, put their foot down courageously. “Japan has great concerns over developments and tensions in the South and even North China Sea, as it can have severe repercussions for maritime nations in the region.…

ASEAN together can make a high mountain – Opinion

The chairmanship of ASEAN rotates annually in alphabetical order, and the clock usually starts ticking from the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat. Following this practice, 10 ASEAN foreign ministers gathered in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on Jan. 16 to 17. Just before the retreat, Vietnam officially launched its 2020 ASEAN chairmanship with a theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”. In his speech on Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN chairmanship on Jan. 6, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc laid out five priorities for implementing this theme. First was ASEAN’s active role and contribution to maintaining regional…

ASEAN: Perceptions of power and security

The State of Southeast Asia: 2020 Survey Report, produced by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute of Singapore, has confirmed the power rivalry between China and United States is one of the primary concerns of Southeast Asian states. The survey of professionals from the business sector, public service, civil society, and media found almost half of all respondents saw the top three security challenges in Southeast Asia as “increased military tensions in flash-points such as South China Sea, Taiwan Straits, and Korean Peninsula”. Across Southeast Asia, there is equal distrust for the…