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  • ASEAN AT 50

    Ever-adaptable ASEAN confronts new tests

    BANGKOK -- On Aug. 9, 1967, The New York Times reported the signing of the Bangkok Declaration to inaugurate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The brief, 80-word article on the declaration -- inked the previous day by five founding foreign

    August 8, 2017 04:06 pm JST
  • Vietnam braces for zero import duties on vehicles made in ASEAN

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- Automakers and dealers in Vietnam have been struggling for buyers and profitability in the first half of 2017, offering big discounts and promotions before tariffs on cars made within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations di

    August 8, 2017 01:22 pm JST
  • China, Vietnam meeting cancelled amid South China Sea tensions

    A scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of China and Vietnam was cancelled on the sidelines of a regional gathering, Chinese embassy officials said, amid growing tension between the two countries over the South China Sea.Vietnam had held o

    August 8, 2017 11:48 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Mahathir bin Mohamad

    ASEAN is more than it may seem

    The world widely assumed that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was an economic community like the European Economic Community when it came into being. It may look as if it is a regional economic grouping. But that was not the purpose behin

    August 8, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • JAL gooses share price with upward revision

    TOKYO -- Japan Airlines is trying to woo back investors.On July 31, it released its April-June earnings, but it also announced upward revisions to its full-year estimates."We revised our full-year forecast in the first quarter for the first time," J

    August 8, 2017 09:14 am JST
  • Beijing taking charge in debate on South China Sea

    MANILA -- China continues to accuse nations such as Japan and the U.S. that have criticized its military buildup in the South China Sea of meddling in regional affairs -- and it can now cite a pact with Southeast Asia's regional bloc as evidence tha

    August 8, 2017 05:13 am JST
  • US, Japan, Australia urge ASEAN to 'maximize pressure' on North Korea

    MANILA -- U.S., Japan and Australia on Monday urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to exert more pressure on North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and to make sure a planned code of conduct for maritime disputes is legally binding.In a

    August 8, 2017 12:11 am JST
  • ASEAN, Japan, China, South Korea agree to bolster financial cooperation

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members plus Japan, China and South Korea agreed Monday they will bolster financial cooperation to promote economic stability in the region.This year marks the 20

    August 7, 2017 03:23 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: William Pesek

    ASEAN's awkward midlife crisis

    Trouble is brewing in the ranks of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Asia's only real economic grouping turns 50. Its midlife crisis will be hidden from view come November, when leaders of the 10 nations gather in Manila. There, they wil

    August 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Chemicals sector grows fastest in July's Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for July showed output growth in 15 of the 19 sectors monitored.Chemicals (54.7) marked the sharpest growth, followed by healthcare services (54.0) and beverages and food (53.8).On

    August 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • China looms ever larger over ASEAN as US steps back

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which turns 50 on Tuesday, has seen its fair share of geopolitical changes, but the uncertainties of U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump make Chinese influence over the region more pervasive.A

    August 7, 2017 04:26 am JST
  • ASEAN alarmed by China's militarized South China Sea islands

    MANILA -- Southeast Asian countries have expressed concern over China's militarized artificial islands in the South China Sea but have reserved their opinions on whether a code of conduct for the disputed waters should be legally binding.Foreign min

    August 7, 2017 01:42 am JST
  • Japan's new foreign minister tackles North Korea issue on int'l debut

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono agreed Sunday with his regional counterparts to put more pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile ambitions as he made his international debut in Manila.After arriving in the

    August 6, 2017 10:37 pm JST
  • China's foreign minister says maritime code negotiations with ASEAN to start this year

    MANILA (Reuters) -- China's foreign minister said on Sunday negotiations between Southeast Asian countries and China on a code of conduct for the South China Sea would start this year, and whatever agreement is made must be adhered to.Wang Yi told r

    August 6, 2017 05:05 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Michael Vatikiotis

    For ASEAN, collective security is key to future

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was initially forged as a mechanism for managing collective security and so it is fitting that after a half century of existence, the organization should be judged on how successful it has managed the regio

    August 6, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Vietnam defies China's maritime aggression

    MANILA -- Vietnam has emerged as Southeast Asia's loudest voice in resisting China's expansionist moves in the South China Sea.At a meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that began here on Saturday, the Vietnam

    August 6, 2017 03:02 am JST
  • ASEAN firmly condemns North Korean missile tests

    MANILA -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged North Korea on Saturday to desist from raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the isolated communist nation successfully tested two long-range missiles l

    August 5, 2017 07:44 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Kavi Chongkittavorn

    How ASEAN can stay relevant in next 50 years

    In today's world, it is hard to forecast what will happen in the next five years, let alone the next five decades. It is clear, however, that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations needs to change its mindset from top to bottom if it is to remai

    August 5, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Further Vinamilk divestments likely in October

    HO CHI MINH CITY -- The government's 40% stake in Vietnam Dairy Products, commonly known as Vinamilk, will be cut by an additional 3.3%, possibly in October, a move that State Capital Investment Corp. hopes will bring in 6.5 trillion dong to 7 trill

    August 5, 2017 02:35 am JST
  • Lazada hastens expansion of Alibaba's Taobao in Southeast Asia

    HONG KONG -- E-commerce in Southeast Asia is becoming a heated battleground, with the latest to join the competition. China's Alibaba Group Holding has invested $2 billion for a controlling stake in e-tailer Lazada, which operates in Indo

    August 4, 2017 01:55 pm JST