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 […]

Trump says he trusts Putin’s denials of election meddling

By Steve Holland and Denis Pinchuk DANANG, Vietnam, Nov 12 : President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last year’s U.S. election, despite U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion of Russian interference. Trump made the comment after he and Putin met briefly at a summit in Vietnam […]

Taiwan envoy says had good exchanges with Trump, China’s Xi

By Michael Martina DANANG, Vietnam, Nov 11 : Taiwan’s envoy to the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders said on Saturday he had good exchanges with both U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but did not discuss political issues with Xi. Trump upset China by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai […]

Ahead of Trump’s visit to Philippines, a big thumbs up from U.S. veterans

By Martin Petty SUBIC, Philippines, Nov 11 : – U.S. President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy and he has often come in for sharp criticism both at home and overseas, but in the town of Subic in the Philippines, he’s a hero. Once home to one of the biggest U.S. naval facilities in […]

TPP trade deal advances without United States

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Mai Nguyen DANANG, Vietnam, Nov 11 : Countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have agreed on the core elements to move ahead without the United States, officials said on Saturday, after last minute resistance from Canada raised new doubts about its survival. Taking the agreement forward is a […]