Asean morning news for March 18, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   Economic carnage across Asean increases as COVID-19 effect intensifiesAsean governments and central banks are this week fighting against economic free fall as the COVID-19 pandemic tears through companies, currencies, stock markets, and supply chains, with active infections surging past 1,125 across the region.— AEC News Today ‘Aggressive’ action needed in Southeast Asia to stop coronavirus: WHOThe World Health Organization called for aggressive action in Southeast Asia to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus, warning on Tuesday (Mar 17) that some countries were heading…

Asean morning news for March 13, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 12 — two deaths, 70 new casesAs of 01:30 GMT March 12 there was 340 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries.— AEC News Today Coronavirus set to ravage new deals across AsiaThe coronavirus outbreak will likely have a severe impact on new stock market listings across Asia this year and hinder mergers and acquisitions, according to global consultancy Bain & Co.— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall) Trump’s troop withdrawals are forcing…

Trump’s postponed ASEAN summit exposes fragile truce with China

On March 14, leaders from ASEAN were supposed to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Las Vegas, the first summit with Southeast Asian leaders on U.S. soil under the current administration. But the coronavirus shelved what was meant to be Trump’s big bounce-back after failing to attend the last two East Asia Summits. The U.S. was quick to recognize Southeast Asia’s value early on. It was the first non-ASEAN country to name an ambassador to ASEAN in 2008 and the first to deploy a dedicated diplomatic mission there in 2010.…

Asean morning news for March 12, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 11 sees global deaths hit highest level in 24-hr period to dateAs of 01:10 GMT March 11 there was 215 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries.— AEC News Today AEM Retreat issues joint statement on economic resilience to COVID-19Within the framework of the 26th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Retreat in Vietnam’s central Da Nang city, the ministers on March 11 issued a joint statement on strengthening the bloc’s economic resilience…

Trade, Security Issues to Dominate Vietnam’s ASEAN Tenure | Voice of America

Vietnam chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, this year, with trade and security expected to top the agenda. Analysts say that as Vietnam builds on its success at hosting international gatherings, like the U.S.-North Korea summit in 2019, its success may be tempered by challenges like the coronavirus outbreak and the need for consensus in ASEAN. Of several announced priorities for Hanoi’s ASEAN chairmanship, the two areas where observers expect the bloc to make the most progress are on economic and defense cooperation. Other objectives include increasing…

Asean morning news for March 9, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   China gives helping hand to Asean nations to fight coronavirusThe Covid-19 (coronavirus) virus is spreading rapidly around the world.— The Star Online Three-way fray spells toil and trouble in South China SeaA new three-way dispute has broken into the open in the South China Sea, one that brings two Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) members into conflict along with China over coveted energy resources.— Asia Times Vietnam proposes 13 priorities for 26th AEM RetreatA preparatory senior economic officials’ meeting for…

Asean morning news for March 5, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   Coronavirus: WHO asks countries in South-East Asia region to strengthen preparednessWith India, Indonesia and Thailand confirming new cases of COVID-19, the World Health Organization on Wednesday asked countries in its South-East Asia region to strengthen preparedness for all possible scenarios and ensure early containment measures.— Outlook From Manila to Malaysia, Southeast Asia Is Moving to Beat Impacts of CoronavirusSingapore was hit a month ago with a surge in novel coronavirus cases that originated in China but capped the spread.— VOA Coronavirus…

China, ASEAN Band Together in the Fight Against Coronavirus – The Diplomat

Advertisement As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 spreads around the world, China and its neighbors understand that the struggle against the epidemic will require more than their individual national efforts. Hence, the foreign ministers of ASEAN and China met in Vientiane, Laos on February 20 to discuss joint measures to combat the threat of COVID-19. The meeting was remarkable for tackling not only the health dimension of the crisis, but also its social and economic impacts, as well as how technology can be harnessed to mitigate the fallout. Turning…

Asean morning news for March 4, 2020

Asean morning news Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu   Is the South China Sea at a crossroads?The South China Sea remains a focal concern within the international community, grabbing headlines and placed firmly on the agendas of many bilateral and multilateral political and academic summits. While likely to remain relatively stable in 2020, worrying developments and uncertainties are on the rise.— AEC News Today Socio-political rigidities realised only 82% of ASEAN potential human development indexOnly 82% of ASEAN potential Human Development Index (HDI) is realised due to existing socio-political and…