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  • 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
  • ASEAN AT 50: Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    To survive another 50 years, ASEAN must learn from its past

    As it celebrates its golden jubilee, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has come full circle. The daunting challenges it faced half a century ago are as durable as Southeast Asia's regional organization has been resilient.Notwithstanding occ

    August 4, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN shows little sign of closing ranks on North Korea

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Troubled as they are by North Korea's missile development, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have hesitated to take joint action to dial up the pressure further.ASEAN foreign ministers are expected to express "gra

    August 4, 2017 02:35 am JST
  • AMRO trying to prove itself as Asia's answer to the IMF

    BANGKOK -- AMRO, an agency established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Japan, China and South Korea to monitor economies in Asia, is working to prove itself as an international research institution.The agency, whose name is short for

    August 3, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Vietjet Air hopes some JAL quality rubs off on it

    HANOI -- The CEO of Vietjet Air, the budget carrier that is eating up Vietnam Airline's share of the domestic aviation market, is rather meticulous in her personal life. She never lets the demands of the job keep her from her daily yoga and other ex

    August 3, 2017 01:47 pm JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Munir Majid

    ASEAN integration lags the real world

    Any objective verdict on the achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the last 50 years can only be mixed. Governments and public officials will say the glass is half full in assessing the organization, while non-governmental or

    August 3, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan, US seek partners at ASEAN forum to lean on North Korea

    MANILA -- With North Korea slated to take part in the ASEAN Regional Forum next week, Japan and the U.S. will look to coordinate with other participants to put pressure on the rogue state to halt its missile provocations.The Philippines, this year's

    August 3, 2017 07:12 am JST