ASEAN hopes to expedite code of conduct on South China Sea – Singapore

By Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE, Feb 7 : The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is hoping to expedite negotiations on a code of conduct with China for the disputed South China Sea but it isn’t realistic to expect an agreement within a year, Singapore’s defence minister said on Wednesday. China and the 10-member ASEAN bloc adopted […]

SE Asia ministers air concerns over Beijing’s activities in South China Sea

By Jack Kim SINGAPORE, Feb 6 : Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Tuesday aired concerns over China’s activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, noting that land reclamation continued even after talks began between their 10-member bloc and Beijing to agree a code of conduct. Meeting in Singapore, the foreign ministers of the […]

South China Sea code of conduct talks to be “stabiliser” for region-China premier

By James Pomfret and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Nov 14 : China’s agreement to begin talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the fine print of a code of conduct framework for the disputed South China Sea will help to stabilise the region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said. “China’s greatest hope is […]

Southeast Asia not taking South China Sea thaw for granted – summit draft

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 13 : Southeast Asian nations will not take a relative calm in the dispute over the South China Sea for granted, according to a draft of a statement to be issued during a summit meeting in Manila on Monday. The statement will be issued after a meeting between China and […]

China urges North Korea dialogue, says sanctions not sole solution

By Christian Shepherd and Karen Lema MANILA, Aug 6 : China’s foreign minister said today new UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea were the right response to a series of missile tests, but dialogue was vital to resolve a complex and sensitive issue now at a “critical juncture”. Wang Yi said the UN resolution’s […]

Asia security forum to push social media use to fight extremism

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Aug 5 : More than two dozen Asian countries will agree to utilize social media to counter the spread of violent extremism in the region, according to a draft statement being prepared ahead of a top security gathering on Monday. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations […]