ASEAN ministers vow to cooperate on Rohingya, South China Sea issues

Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended talks in Vietnam on Friday with pledges to continue cooperating on key issues, including facilitating the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar and reducing South China Sea tensions. A statement issued after the two-day informal meeting by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said that besides those issues, the ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also considered plans for a special summit with the U.S. President Donald Trump. “We welcomed the invitation by the U.S. President to convene a Special Summit to commemorate…

Asean foreign ministers continue talks in Vietnam

Asean foreign ministers continue talks in Vietnam Rohingya refugee high on agenda Senior officials of Asean members pose for a group photo during a meeting in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on Thursday. (Photo from @MFAThai Twitter account) NHA TRANG, Vietnam: Foreign ministers from Southeast Asian nations in Vietnam for a two-day meeting continued talks on Friday, with South China Sea tensions and stalled Rohingya refugee repatriation to Myanmar high on the agenda. At a working dinner on Thursday night, the ministers tentatively agreed to a US proposal for a special summit…

S. China Sea, Rohingya issues on agenda of ASEAN ministerial talks

Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian nations hold a meeting in Vietnam on Jan. 16, 2020. (VNA/Kyodo) NHA TRANG, Vietnam (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers of Association of Southeast Asian nations began a two-day meeting in Vietnam on Thursday, in which South China Sea tensions and the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar are on the agenda for discussion. The informal “retreat” held in the seaside town of Nha Trang marks the first ASEAN ministerial meeting to be hosted by Vietnam since it…

Asean morning news for January 31, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   China’s growing influence rattles Southeast Asia as U.S. retreats, survey showsChina’s rising economic and political clout in Southeast Asia is a growing source of concern as U.S. influence wanes under President Donald Trump, according to a survey of officials, academics and other professionals published on Thursday.— Reuters ‘The South China Sea connected us, it never divided us’: how Asean can build bridgesRegional trade and investment in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) cannot be discussed without reference to the larger…

Will Indonesia Unite ASEAN Against China’s Coercion? – OpEd

China, a new global power, always claims itself as a trusted friend of Southeast Asian countries. It is true that China is ASEAN’s biggest trading partner and a major provider of foreign direct investment and tourists.    Currently, ASEAN is China’s second-biggest trading partner after the European Union.But when it comes to the South China Sea (SCS), an international strategic waterway that is rich in fish, oil, gas as well as marine resources, it is a different China. China wants to turn the SCS into a Chinese lake by claiming…

OPINION: In the South China Sea, ASEAN needs to stand united

South China Sea and the 9-dash line. Center for Strategic and International Studies Donald Trump and Xi Jinping are the 2 biggest threats to global peace today. They’re both bullies—terrorizing their respective “schoolyards”—Latin America as well as the Middle East for Trump and Southeast Asia for Xi Jinping. Trump’s ignorance, malevolence and bigotry has always been there to see. It’s easy to dismiss his adventurism and bravado against Iran as an attempt to distract everyone from his impeachment and re-election troubles. Xi is infinitely more sinister. Back in 2016, the…

South China Sea issue to feature in Asean talks | New Straits Times

HANOI: Vietnam is expected to ensure all Asean meetings touch on the South China Sea issue to enable the regional grouping to be better prepared in dealing with China. Together with other Asean claimants of the territory, Vietnam is in a better position to take on China regarding the issue as it assumed the Asean chairmanship from Jan 1 and as non-permanent member at the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 term. Regional observers predict that Hanoi will try to build a tougher line together with other Asean members in…

Asean members get tough with China on South China Sea | New Straits Times

JAKARTA: The future direction of code of conduct (COC) negotiations between Asean members and China is at stake after recent developments saw Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines hardening their stand on the South China Sea issue. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) and Al Jazeera voiced the possibility of Asean changing course in the COC negotiations after Indonesia and Malaysia made more strident statements against China on the issue. SCMP referred to the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s latest tone when stating that China’s claims in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ)…

Asean morning news for January 6, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   Japan-backed ADB fund to aid internet infrastructure project in Asia-Pacific nationsThe Asian Development Bank has signed a $50 million loan agreement to spur internet use in the Asia-Pacific region, with half the financing coming from a fund supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).— The Japan Times Palau bans ‘reef-toxic’ sunscreen as environment gets a hand around Asean (video)Palau is setting the environmental protection bar high for other countries as it kicks off the new year, implementing a ban on…