SATTAHIP, Thailand—Troops from South Korea joined their Thai and US counterparts last Saturday in an amphibious vehicle landing drill as part of Southeast Asia’s largest multinational military exercise.
HIGHLAND PARK, New Jersey—A federal judge has temporarily halted deportation proceedings against Indonesian Christians who are in the United States illegally but are seeking to gain legal status, including a man honored for his work helping to rebuild more than 200 homes after Superstorm Sandy.
HANOI, Vietnam—It’s been over for 40-plus years, the war that Americans simply call Vietnam but the Vietnamese refer to as their Resistance War Against America.
NEW DELHI—The leaders of India and Cambodia last Saturday agreed to work toward a bilateral investment treaty that could see tens of millions of dollars pour into the Southeast Asian nation.
BEIJING—Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing growing international criticism over her country’s persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said last Friday that her government has made progress in creating a peaceful society but acknowledged that “much still remains to be done.”
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces, and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought up his country’s concerns about human rights and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines when he met with President Duterte, whose “war on drugs” has earned widespread condemnation for leaving thousands of suspected drug pushers and users dead.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China have agreed to join forces in accelerating the implementation of their respective connectivity plans while, at the same time, utilizing local procurement for the completion of projects.
The emergence of China as a rising superpower and the increasing link between economics and security have undermined the foundations on which the Association of Southeast Asian Nation was built, experts said at a forum ahead of the regional bloc’s summit.
UNITED States President Donald J. Trump repeatedly thanked President Duterte for hosting world leaders at the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit and did his best to avoid questions on human-rights issues, which made the Philippine leader “infamous” globally due to the war on drugs.
Inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) to Association of Southeast Asian Nations dropped by 20 percent in 2016 to $96.7 billion, according to the Asean Investment
Report 2017 released during the Asean Business and Investment Summit on Monday.
International security experts sounded the alarm over what they said was the lackluster future of an all-important code of conduct on the West Philippine Sea.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region signed a free-trade agreement and an investment agreement last Sunday.
Southeast Asia started banding its unwieldy cluster of fledgling democracies, monarchies and authoritarian regimes into an European Union-like collective half a century ago, but the diverse region of 620 million people remains hampered by conflicts, poverty, human- rights crises and other issues.