More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
The prime minister also backed a rules-based regional security architecture in the Indo-Pacific region, sending a subtle message to China against its military assertiveness in the area.
The draft did not give any details of the situation in northern Rakhine state or use the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, which Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked foreign leaders not to use.
The statement will be issued after a meeting later between China and the 10-member ASEAN.
Like it or not, the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.
The last meeting of officials of the four countries took place in May 2007 in the Filipino capital on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum.
Trump was speaking in Vietnam, which has become the most vocal opponent of China’s claims and its construction and militarisation of artificial islands in the sea.
This is the strongest threat of action from representatives of any Western donors since the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha in September.
The announcement follows the end of the 154-day battle for Marawi city which stunned Philippine’s military inexperienced in urban combat.
The threat from North Korea has grown to a “critical and imminent level” and the US, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, said the Japanese defence minister.
Thai foreign ministry said its statement was in response to views raised by some human rights groups regarding Thailand’s position on the unrest in Rakhine.
Nguyen Phu Trong said in a speech televised at home on Wednesday that ASEAN needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes.
Vietnam wins promised support from a US aircraft carrier and greater defence cooperation as tension intensifies with China over the disputed South China Sea.
Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended an impasse over how to resolve South China Sea disputes, calling for militarisation and island-building to be avoided.
With the RCEP asking for stronger protection for its investors, India is reviewing and trying to replace its investment treaties with a new model.
Worried about the impact of the trade negotiations, a consortium of civil groups called the People’s Resistance Forum has asked for the talks to be called off.
The TPP should still bring enough benefits for the remaining countries to make it worthwhile to go through the trouble of enacting it.
All ASEAN members have diplomatic relations with North Korea and five have embassies there.
Malaysian PM Razak Najib warned that South East Asian countries needed to ensure more inclusive growth or risk fuelling extremism amongst the marginalised.
An earlier declaration which limits activity in the South China Sea was not stuck to by China, which has built seven islands in the Spratly archipelago.
A slew of initiatives announced recently aim to revitalise the river as a trade and travel network, but there is a long way to go.
Concerns remain over the impact of RCEP negotiations on public health and access to medicines.
Malaysia’s intervention in the Rakhine crisis marks a break with ASEAN members’ tradition of non-intervention in each other’s internal affairs.
The preliminary conclusion raises questions over whether the commission will deliver an independent verdict in its full report.
It is important to support and maintain the capital that we have as a champion of the developing world, India’s foreign secretary said.
The End of History and The Clash of Civilizations were maps, meant to explain the world. They emphasised the inevitable progress of liberal democracy and the irreducible nature of hostilities based on “civilisations”, aspects that events have shown are less important than political movements, nation-building projects and institutional alliances.
The Sinosphere will be no different to Pax Americana and China’s rise should not prompt India to choose sides in a global contest.
Suu Kyi may be treading carefully over the Rohingya issue for fear of alienating the Buddhist factions in her country, but it is time for her to earn her Nobel Peace Prize and save her vision for Myanmar’s future.
As the world’s economic centre of gravity shifts to the east, Sri Lanka is at the crossroads of the emerging world, sitting astride trade routes that connect the east and the west, Asia and Africa, and China and India.
A statement by ASEAN on Wednesday listed eight points related to the South China Sea, but made no mention of the ruling that declared illegal some of China’s artificial islands in the sea and invalidated its claims to almost the entire waterway.
A day before the US president was supposed to meet his Philippine counterpart, Duterte told the press that Obama is a “son of a bitch.”
UN chief Ban had requested the bilateral meeting in Laos, which is hosting a summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders next week, but officials from Duterte’s office said he could not fit it into his schedule.
There must be ex ante human rights impact assessment of the trade agreements and investment treaties that are being negotiated by the ASEAN Community.
Since 2010, China and the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been discussing a set of rules aimed at avoiding conflict among rival claimants in the busy waterway.
China offers two contrasting visions: of regional economic growth and nationalist competition. Which will it ultimately choose?
Philippines foreign minister has stated that omitting the arbitration ruling from an ASEAN statement was a joint decision, and not a Chinese victory.
China wants to resume direct talks with Philippines about territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The country is seeking US support for the talks.
In its rush to bring China down a peg, New Delhi should not forget to underscore the political basis of its own territorial and commercial interests in the region.
The consensus among officials and analysts inside and out the region is that the ruling will go largely against Beijing.
India has to improve its connectivity with growth markets and link into Asia’s production and supply chains. We cannot be left isolated in our own backwater.