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  • Cambodian PM Hun Sen gets surprise birthday treat from Abe

    PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had a surprise Monday night during his visit to Japan when his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe celebrated his birthday with a cake and song.Hun Sen posted on Facebook that Abe, during a dinner h

    August 8, 2017 02:46 pm 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
  • 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
  • Myanmar committee denies Rohingya atrocities

    NAYPYITAW -- A government-appointed committee looking into allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has concluded the accusations against the country's security forces have no basis, the government has said.In a report released

    August 7, 2017 02:44 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
  • 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
  • Snapshots of Myanmar's flourishing microfinance market

    YANGON -- Ever since Myanmar began transitioning to civilian rule in 2011 and opening up its borders, investor money and advanced technology has been flooding in. One of the big changes accompanying this wave has been the spread of microfinance, or

    August 6, 2017 12:31 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
  • Cambodia, Myanmar discuss joint promotion of Angkor, Bagan

    YANGON -- Cambodia and Myanmar are looking for ways to promote jointly the ancient cities of Angkor and Bagan, two of the most important historical, religious, and archeological sites in Southeast Asia.Tourism authorities and industry players from b

    August 5, 2017 11:00 am 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
  • 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
  • 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