Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (left) and Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue at the Government House on Friday.

Thailand and Vietnam are ready for CSP

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said yesterday that Thailand is ready to upgrade ties with Vietnam as a comprehensive strategic partnership when he visits Hanoi early next year. He told Vietnamese…

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Tourists visit the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province on November 16,.//AFP

Cambodian PM defends relocation of villagers from Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet vowed Friday to continue relocating thousands of families from the Angkor Wat temple complex, despite growing international condemnation from rights groups. Officials…

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File photo : Asean Secretary General Dr Kao Kim Hourn

Asean chief visits Laos this week

The Secretary General of ASEAN, Dr Kao Kim Hourn will pay a three-day visit from 28-30 November to Lao in preparation for its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024, according to the…

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People rest in a monastery that has turn into a temporary shelter for internally displaced people (IDPs) at a village in Pauktaw township in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.//AFP

Indonesia says held ‘positive’ Myanmar political talks

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia on Friday said it had hosted “positive” talks with the main sides of the Myanmar conflict in a bid to kickstart a stuttering peace process almost three years after…

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File photo : Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith//Laos News Agency

Laos to host ASEAN foreign ministerial retreat in January

The incoming ASEAN chair, Laos, will hold its foreign ministerial retreat on 28 and 29 January in Luang Prabang, according to informed diplomatic sources. The retreat will be the first of hundreds…

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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh.

PM Srettha calls for innovative ASEAN-GCC partnership

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today called for innovative partnership between ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for a sustainable future. Addressing the ASEAN-GCC summit in Riyadh, Srettha reaffirmed…

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Gibran Rakabuming Raka (C), the son of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, rides a bicycle to meet supporters after declaring victory in the mayoral election in Solo on December 9, 2020.//AF{

Indonesian court paves way for president’s son to run in 2024 election

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia on Monday amended the eligibility requirements to run for president and vice president, creating an exception to the minimum age threshold that could pave the way for the…

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Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Thailand, H.E. Millicent Cruz Paredes

Philippine envoy stresses rules-based order for South China Sea

The South China Sea has been a centre of contention, with China arbitrarily expanding its maritime territory, under what it describes as a standard map with a 10-dash line, a…

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PM Srettha to attend the ASEAN-GCC summit in Riyadh

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will attend the inaugural summit between ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Friday, immediately following his visit to China, according to high-level government sources….

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New centre symbolizes Thai-Cambodian efforts against human trafficking

One of the highlights of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s one-day visit to Phnom Penh on Thursday was the hand-over of a Thailand-funded centre for victims of trafficking and other vulnerable…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is welcomed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet and the guard of honour. (Photo from Prime Minister Hun Manet’s Facebook)

Srettha, Hun Manet hold talks on Thai-Cambodian cooperation

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Manet after arriving in Phnom Penh for a one-day visit this morning. Phnom Penh Post reported that the…

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PM made some progress in pushing economic agenda at the UN, but achieved little else

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s first overseas mission, to the United Nations General Assembly, was regarded at home as a success only in business aspects, but a failure in terms of…

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The photo shows Myanmar’s Air Force chief Htun Aung (3rd R) posing for photos with his counterparts at the 20th ASEAN Air Chiefs Conference on September 13.//AFP{

Several ASEAN air force chiefs skip Myanmar meeting

Air force chiefs from several countries around Southeast Asia did not attend a conference in Myanmar this week after the ASEAN regional bloc accused the ruling junta of targeting civilians…

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The photo shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (C) giving a speech during a welcome banquet at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Amur region.//AFP

Rising tension on Korean Peninsula is dangerous 

This week’s visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is extraordinary, given the circumstances in both countries. The meeting was intended to strengthen…

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Move Forward sees Thailand as a principled middle power with dignity and a free voice

Thailand’s foreign policy, from the perspective of the Move Forward party, should see the country acting as a “middle power” with principles and dignity, adhering to a rules-based international order…

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China’s Premier Li Qiang (L) speaks during the 26th ASEAN-China Summit at the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 6, 2023./ AFP

China warns against ‘new Cold War’ as big powers meet in SE Asia

China’s premier said on Wednesday major powers must oppose a new Cold War, a thinly veiled reference to Washington as top Asian and US officials gathered for talks in Indonesia….

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File photo : Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gestures as he arrives to attend the EU-ASEAN in December 2022.//AFP

Luxembourg to sign the ASEAN TAC next year

Jakarta – ASEAN leaders have welcomed Luxembourg’s intention to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told a press conference…

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(L to R) Thailand’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sarun Charoensuwan, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Laos’ Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Brunei’s Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah, and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Manet leave the stage after a group photo before the start of the retreat session at the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 5.//AFP

Asean forms a troika to tackle the Myanmar crisis

Jakarta—Asean’s leaders have agreed to form a troika to maintain the handling of the Myanmar quagmire due to the current protracted situation, according to the Asean statement released yesterday During…

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Sarun will head Thai delegation to Asean summit

Jakarta—The Thai delegation to the Asean summits will be headed by Sarun Charoensuwan, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs as newly elected Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has not yet take an…

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Japan is ASEAN’s new comprehensive strategic partner

Jakarta – ASEAN will accord Japan a comprehensive strategic partnership (CSP) at the ASEAN summit on Wednesday, according to a diplomatic source. The ASEAN leaders will make the announcement of…

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Presidential candidate Tharman Shanmugaratnam meets his supporters after early sample vote count results at the presidential election in Singapore September 1, 2023. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Candidate close to establishment wins Singapore presidential race

A former member of Singapore‘s ruling party on Saturday scored a landslide victory to become the city-state’s president, in an election seen as a barometer of public sentiment amid economic challenges and high-profile scandals….

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Photo : US Vice President Kamala Harris

World leaders will attend first ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum

US Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to attend the first ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF), to highlight the importance of the region and the bloc’s ongoing efforts to implement its…

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Srettha is the world’s second tallest leader

Thailand’s new prime minister Srettha Thavisin has set a new record, even though he has not yet started work as the country’s new leader, thanks to his height. Srettha, whose…

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Thailand’s exports drop for 7 straight months, 5.5% year-on-year

Thailand’s exports for the first seven months of this year dropped by 5.5% year-on-year to US$163.3 billion. Imports fell by 4.7 % year-on-year to US$171.5 billion. This has resulted in…

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Myanmar to skip Asean chair of 2026

Myanmar’s Asean chairmanship will give up its chair in 2026 due to the domestic situation and the country’s unpreparedness, according to diplomatic sources.The chair will be taken up by the…

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File photo : China’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Wang Yi.//AFP

Chinese FM begins SE Asia tour as South China Sea tensions flare

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Singapore Thursday at the start of a three-nation regional tour, Beijing’s embassy in the city-state said, as tensions flare with the Philippines in the…

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) and First Lady Iriana Widodo (R) on August 6.//AFP

Indonesia says Myanmar solution needs ‘political will’ from all sides

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday said a resolution to the Myanmar crisis that has dragged into its third year needed “political will” from all sides of the conflict, as…

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Thailand’s 2023 inflation forecast to be 1-2%, the lowest in ASEAN

Thailand’s inflation rate is the lowest among the seven ASEAN countries which have already announced their rates, with inflation for the whole year expected to range between 1% and 2%,…

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Philippines says China blocked, water-cannoned boat in S. China Sea

The Philippines on Sunday accused China’s coast guard of blocking and water-cannoning a Philippine military supply boat in the South China Sea, condemning the “excessive and offensive actions” against its…

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This handout photograph taken and released by the Myanmar’s Military Information Team on July 31, 2023, shows Min Aung Hlaing Myanmar’s military chief speak during a defense and security council meeting in Naypyidaw. (Photo by Myanmar Military Information Team / AFP)

Myanmar junta officially postpones election promised after 2021 coup – state TV

Myanmar’s ruling junta has officially postponed an election promised by August this year after its 2021 coup, state television reported on Monday night. Junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing, in…

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Attacks on Karenni rebels increase, 117 more refugees flee to Mae Hong Son

Fighting has been raging in Kayah state in Myanmar since Thursday, when government troops launched ground and air attacks on rebel forces in the Demoso Township, forcing 117 Karenni to…

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Vietnam’s Vinfast starts construction of EV factory in the US

Vinfast, a Vietnamese electric car manufacturer under Vingroup, held a ground-breaking ceremony for an electric car factory in North Carolina, US on Friday. The event marked an important step in…

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Fears of further depreciation after Myanmar’s new 20,000 Kyat note announcement

The pubic in Myanmar are worried that the Kyat is further depreciating, after the announcement that a new 20,000 Kyat bank note denomination will be printed, though Myanmar’s Central Bank…

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TikTok won’t launch cross-border e-commerce services in Indonesia amid concerns

TikTok said it has no plans to roll out a cross-border business in Indonesia as a government minister on Thursday expressed concerns over how reported plans for a new e-commerce…

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Unlike his father, Hun Manet is not in a ‘legacy trap’

The swift decision by Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen to appoint his son, Hun Manet, as the next leader of Cambodia was a well-calculated and Machiavellian move to create a…

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New wetlands at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

An urban wetland being built in Gardens by the Bay will be twice as large as what was originally planned. Scientists find that mangroves in that environment can capture more…

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Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang. (Photo by Abdul Qodir / AFP)

As El Nino fuels fire risk, Southeast Asia prepares for haze crisis

Southeast Asian nations are gearing up to tackle the threat of a tougher-than-usual “haze” season together, as the El Nino climate phenomenon raises the risk of soaring temperatures. Ministers and…

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Indonesia says Taliban representatives visited ‘informally’

Representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban government travelled to Indonesia earlier this month on an unofficial visit, the foreign ministry in Jakarta said Tuesday, despite Kabul saying they held meetings with politicians…

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Indonesia sees rising wildfire risk amid dry weather conditions – govt

Indonesian authorities said on Monday the number of areas where wildfire could occur has doubled over the past week due to dry weather, raising concerns over widespread forest fires even…

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Hun Sen’s ruling party claims landslide win in Cambodian election after opposition was suppressed

The ruling party of Cambodia’s longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s general election, an outcome that was virtually assured after the suppression and intimidation of…

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Indonesia’s search and rescue agency preparing for resue.

At least 15 killed, 19 missing in Indonesia ferry sinking

At least 15 people were killed and 19 more were missing on Monday after a ferry sank off the coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, search and rescue officials said. The…

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Cambodia’s election committee prepare voting booths on polling day eve

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) gathered to organise and set up polling stations on Saturday a day ahead of the country’s general election, in which about 9.7 million out of…

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Members of anti-animal cruelty group Humane Society International, (HSI) transport a cage containing dogs from a slaughter house in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, July 21, 2023. (Photo by Mohammad Taufan / AP)

A notorious Indonesian animal market has ended its brutal dog and cat meat trade, campaigners say

Authorities on Friday announced the end of the “brutally cruel” dog and cat meat slaughter at a notorious animal market on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following a years-long campaign…

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, July 20, 2023. (Photo by Hau Dinh / AP)

US Treasury’s Yellen sees Vietnam as key partner in ‘friendshoring’ supply chains

The United States sees Vietnam as a key partner in expanding green energy sources and building more resilient supply chains, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a speech to…

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Malaysia issues license to Musk’s Starlink to bring internet services to remote areas

Malaysia has issued a license to Starlink, the satellite communications service started by Elon Musk, to provide internet services in the country, particularly in remote areas, its communications minister said…

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Thailand’s adult female literacy placed 6th among ASEAN countries

A report on gender equality and development shows that, despite significant progress in education equality, the disparity still exists. The literacy rate of Thailand’s adult females in 2022 was 92.4%,…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with supporters during a rally for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) ahead of the upcoming election in Phnom Penh on July 1, 2023. Cambodians go to the polls on July 23. (Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)

Critics question fairness of Cambodia election as PM prepares son for succession

With no clear challenge in sight, the mood around the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is festive with song and cheer as they campaign in the streets of capital Phnom…

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Myanmar’s first eSports app – Eternity

An eSports-centric application has been set up by an enterprising group of gamers in Myanmar, exciting local eSports fans. It is hoped that the “Eternity” app will become the “be…

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First driverless train in Indonesia begins its operation

The newly launched light rail train LRT service in Jakarta, the first autonomous train designed by Indonesian engineers, begin its operation this month. Although the LRT can run on its own,…

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Weakened Typhoon Talim hits Vietnam after passing through China

Typhoon Talim reached Vietnam Tuesday after passing through China less forcefully than feared, with no deaths reported in either country despite nearly 260,000 people relocating before the storm hit. Talim…

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Vietnam to welcome more international visitors with unlimited re-entry 90 days visa

An extension of the E-visa to 90 days is expected to lure more oversea tourists to Vietnam. Starting on August 15, upon being granted an e-visa, a visitor can enter…

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Cambodia bans exiled opposition figurehead from running for office

Cambodia on Monday banned exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy from running for office for 25 years after he urged people to spoil their ballots at this weekend’s general election. Sixteen…

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Indian tourists flock to Southeast Asia as China’s reopening falters

Indian tourists are streaming into Southeast Asia, cementing the world most populous country’s position as a key growth market for a travel and tourism sector that is feeling the pinch…

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Myanmar crisis exposes gaps in Thai care for migrant children

The recent deportation of at least 59 children to Myanmar – which has been engulfed in violence since the 2021 military coup – has brought to light many problems in…

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An empty seat (L) of Myanmar’s Foreign Minister is seen during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ interface meeting with ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives as part of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on July 11, 2023. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP)

ASEAN FMs view Thailand’s role in Myanmar as “positive”

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), winding up their meeting in Jakarta on Thursday, reiterated condemnation of the ongoing violence in Myanmar and welcomed Thailand’s role in…

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Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (Adi WEDA / POOL / AFP)

Wording on Myanmar delays ASEAN joint communique

ASEAN foreign ministers, winding up their meeting in Jakarta, could not agree on the wording of their joint communique, concerning the current situation in Myanmar, according to an informed ASEAN…

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ASEAN struggles for unity on Myanmar conflict

Southeast Asian countries struggling for unity on how to achieve peace in Myanmar were expected on Thursday to release a statement on their deliberations at a conference this week, with…

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ASEAN chair Indonesia has little to show for Myanmar peace drive – diplomats

Indonesia, working on behalf of southeast Asian nations, has little to show so far for its intense behind-the-scenes efforts to bridge gaps between factions in Myanmar’s conflict, diplomatic sources say….

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is hosting two days of talks with Southeast Asian ministers © AJENG DINAR ULFIANA / POOL/AFP

ASEAN chair Indonesia urges political solution to Myanmar crisis

ASEAN chair Indonesia on Wednesday urged a political solution to the Myanmar crisis at regional talks where Thailand’s envoy announced he met the country’s deposed democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week. Myanmar has been ravaged by deadly violence…

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Singapore bank to close Myanmar airline accounts

Singapore-based United Overseas Bank (UOB) will shut down all accounts belonging and relating to Myanmar’s Myanmar Airways International (MAI) by August 15th. Documents, supposedly leaked from within MAI, show that…

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Indonesia seizes Iran-flagged tanker over suspected crude oil transfer

Indonesian maritime authorities seized an Iranian-flagged tanker carrying more than 200,000 metric tons of light crude oil after a suspected illegal transfer at sea, they said Tuesday. Iran has been…

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US Embassy joins discussions on the future of Myanmar children in Ang Thong

Thailand, with participation from the US Embassy in Bangkok, discussed on Tuesday how to handle the remaining Myanmar children retrieved from a school in Ang Thong province. Deputy national police…

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(L-R) Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir, Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laos’ Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, East Timor’s Foreign Minister Bendito Freitas and ASEAN Secretary General Kao Kim Hourn pose for a family photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on July 11//AFP

Myanmar crisis tops agenda at divided ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting

ASEAN foreign ministers gathered in Indonesia on Tuesday for talks dominated by the crisis in Myanmar, with the regional bloc divided over how or whether to reengage with the coup-wracked…

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen urges Ukraine not to use US cluster bombs

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose country still grapples with deadly war remnants, on Sunday urged Ukraine not to use cluster bombs, after Washington announced plans to send the weapons…

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[FILE] Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Zambry Abd Kadir, Philippine’s Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo, Singapore’s Senoir Officer Leader Albert Chua, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laos’ Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Brunei’s Senior Officer Leader Johariah Wahab, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, East Timor’s Foreign Minister Adaljiza Xavier Magno and the ASEAN Secretary General Kao Kim Hourn pose for a family photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting ahead of the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo on May 9, 2023. (Photo by MAST IRHAM / POOL / AFP)

Myanmar crisis to dominate ASEAN foreign ministers’ retreat

The Myanmar crisis and the implementation of the 5-point consensus (5PC) will dominate the scheduled ASEAN retreat on July 12th, according to a highly placed source. The source said that…

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Philippines writes off $1 bn in farmer debt to boost food production

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday wrote off $1.04 billion in land-related debt owed by more than half a million farmers, a move aimed at boosting food production. The “New…

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Blinken to seek ASEAN pushback on China, pressure on Myanmar

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will seek in talks with Southeast Asian nations next week to push back on China and to pressure Myanmar’s junta, a top aide said…

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Thailand and Korea strengthen commercial ties

South Korea and Thailand are marking 65 years of diplomatic relations this year and to celebrate the occasion, Gyeonggi Province and Gyeonggido Business and Science Accelerator (GBSA) brought the G-Fair…

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China can set an example for the ASEAN no-nuke treaty

China becoming a signatory to the ASEAN no-nuclear weapons treaty could persuade other nuclear powers to consider their accession, a senior Thai official said today (Thursday). During the weekly press…

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In this handout photo taken on June 30, 2023 and received from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on July 5, a Chinese Coast Guard ship allegedly blocks Philippine Coast Guard patrol ship Malabrigo, as it escorts a Philippine Navy re-supply mission near Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China sea. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) / AFP)

Philippine Coast Guard accuses Chinese boats of ‘dangerous’ manoeuvres

The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday accused Chinese patrol vessels of blocking two of its boats in the disputed South China Sea, describing their actions as “very dangerous”.  China claims…

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Cambodia bans members of Meta’s Oversight Board over Facebook row

Cambodia blacklisted 22 people on the Oversight Board for Facebook’s parent company Meta on Tuesday after they recommended premier Hun Sen’s account be suspended over a video in which he…

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Karen refugees in Mae Hong Son province checked for COVID-19

Thai health officials have been carrying out rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 infection among people from Myanmar taking refuge in shelters in the Khun Yuam district of Mae Hong Son…

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Bye bye ‘Barbie’: Vietnam bans new movie over South China Sea map

Vietnam has banned the upcoming “Barbie” movie from cinemas over scenes with a map showing China’s claims to territory in the South China Sea, state media reported Monday. The fantasy…

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Suicides in Singapore reportedly rise to 22-year high

Suicides in Singapore rose nearly 26 percent last year to their highest level in more than two decades, reflecting the “unseen mental distress” in the city-state, according to a local…

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Hun Manet, Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army and eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, campaigns with his wife Pich Chanmony during a rally for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) ahead of the upcoming election in Phnom Penh on July 1, 2023. (Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)

Hun Sen’s son kicks off election campaign for Cambodia’s ruling party

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen kicked off a three-week election campaign on Saturday, with his party poised to sweep the one-sided contest after the top challenger was barred from taking…

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Vietnam on course to achieve USD 54 billion export target

Vietnam’s export turnover of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products grew in the first six months of the year, despite not performing as well as last year. This indicates positive signs…

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen dumps Facebook on eve of poll campaign

Cambodian leader Hun Sen, a prolific Facebook user, vowed on Thursday to quit posting on the popular social media platform, days before he launches a re-election campaign. Facebook announced Thursday…

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In a first, India gifts active warship to Vietnam

An active duty missile corvette of the Indian Navy is on its way to Vietnam as a gift, the first warship given by India to any country. The domestically built…

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Myanmar torches illicit drugs worth $180m on World Drug Day, says state media

Myanmar on Monday (June 26) torched $179.5 million worth of seized illegal drugs and conducted a ceremony in Yangon to mark World Drug Day, state media MRTV reported. According to…

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Esports Taekwondo event winner Nigel Tan at the Olympic Esports Week in Singapore on June 25, 2023.

First ever Olympic Esports champions crowned

The first ever Olympic Esports champions were crowned on Sunday (June 25) after a week of competition in Singapore. Over 130 participants from more than 60 countries across the globe…

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Global gender gap index reports rise in Thailand’s educational attainment

Thailand has significantly improved on gender parity in the category of educational attainment, ranked 61st, up from 92nd last year, as reported in Global Gender Gap Report 2023. With this…

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Vu Khoan, a man who ushered Vietnam into ASEAN

This writer vividly remember the last quarter of 1994, when former Vietnamese foreign minister Vu Khoan and his team visited the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat. He was on an important mission,…

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Health innovations advanced with ‘Early Health Technology Assessment’

Early Health Technology Assessment, or early HTA, is a tool that can help health innovations to meet the needs of the global health system. The approach was utilized by World…

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Singapore gears up for first ever Olympics Esports Week

Siti Zhywee is far from the stereotypical image of a gamer: unhealthy and isolated, wiling away hours glued to a screen. The 38-year-old mother of two is a dance fitness…

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Prayut government’s undiplomatic meeting on Myanmar shows Thailand in a bad light

The informal meeting arranged by Thailand’s caretaker government on the Myanmar crisis has only provided a comfort zone for the junta across the border, but dealt a blow to Thailand’s…

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Myanmar refugees at a shelter in Mae Hong Son province.

Pita voices support for ASEAN-led peace efforts for Myanmar

Mover Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat on Tuesday reaffirmed his support for ASEAN centrality in resolving the crisis in Myanmar, in what is seen as an attempt to distance himself…

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Homes are seen near the permanent danger zone surrounding Mayon volcano at Bonga village, Albay province, northeastern Philippines, on June 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Poor villagers risk their lives in danger zone as Philippines’ most active volcano erupts

Delfina Guiwan’s heart was pounding as she snuck back to her village, now abandoned and eerily quiet, in the fertile foothills of gently erupting Mayon volcano in the northeastern Philippines….

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Improved US-China relations have impacts on ASEAN

The visit of US State Secretary Antony Blinken to Beijing has yielded indirect results, especially for anxious regional countries. Both the US and China have yet to reveal what they…

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Foreign Minister insists informal Myanmar talks are in Thailand’s interest

On Sunday, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai defended his country’s hosting of peace talks, which the foreign minister of Myanmar’s ruling junta is attending, which will be shunned by key…

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Survival of Online Media: Transforming the Business Model 

Despite the various degrees of content limitation and changes Southeast Asia media are facing, all online media in the region, and probably globally, are now struggling financially. As social media…

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Key ASEAN members skip Thai-hosted Myanmar talks amid criticism

Thailand’s caretaker government hosted the foreign minister of Myanmar‘s ruling junta at informal regional peace talks on Sunday, as key Southeast Asian counterparts stayed away from the meeting that has drawn sharp criticism. Only Cambodia has so far…

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This picture shows a vacant chair for the Myanmar delegation during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Labuan Bajo on May 9, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar FM to attend informal crisis talks in Bangkok

Myanmar on Saturday confirmed the country’s foreign minister would attend controversial “informal talks” in Bangkok on the coup-hit country’s political crisis, as Singapore warned that conditions were not yet right…

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Singapore says ‘premature’ for ASEAN talks with Myanmar

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Friday that conditions were not yet right for ASEAN to open high-level talks with Myanmar on the country’s political situation. “We believe it would…

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ASEAN and Gulf Cooperation Council to hold the summit in October

After more than two decades of relations, ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will reportedly hold their first summit in Jakarta in October. An informed source said that this…

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Vietnam’s power crisis hits local firms, foreign investors

An intensely hot summer and unprecedented drought are straining energy supplies in northern Vietnam, prompting rolling blackouts and sudden power outages that have led to “uncountable” losses among local firms…

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Pita to propose Chiang Mai as ASEAN centre for solving PM2.5 problem

Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat says he will propose Chiang Mai as ASEAN’s centre for solving the PM2.5 dust problem and the party will push a clean air act…

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[FILE] Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) walks with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits in Phnom Penh on November 13, 2022. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Canada to become a strategic partner of ASEAN

ASEAN and Canada will hold a summit in September to commemorate Canada’s new status as a strategic dialogue partner of ASEAN, according to an informed source. After a long delay,…

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Indonesia to host high-level ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum

Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, will host the first high-level ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum, alongside the ASEAN-related summits, on September 6th and 7th, according to an informed source. The forum is…

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Singaporeans with dementia find their groove at silent disco

Under flashing disco lights, residents at a Singapore care home held hands and danced to golden oldies as part of an initiative to help those with dementia. They grooved to…

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