Myanmar armed forces chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (R) meeting with Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof (L) in Naypyidaw on June 4, 2021. (Photo by Handout / MYANMAR NEWS AGENCY / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: ASEAN expresses disappointment with the lack of progress

June 8: It is becoming increasingly apparent that Myanmar’s military-run government will not be able either to take control of the situation or quell all forms of dissent. (Daily round-up…

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Myanmar junta leader admits not in full control of country

Leader of Myanmar’s military junta Gen Min Aung Hlaing has admitted that he didn’t expect to see huge popular opposition to his rule and acknowledged that more than three months…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives to meet with Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada (not pictured) during a visit to San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1, 2021. (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)

Blinken regrets missing meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers

US State Secretary Antony Blinken has expressed regrets for causing the cancellation of a scheduled virtual conference with ASEAN foreign ministers late last month, a highly informed diplomatic source told…

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Students wait outside classrooms in Sittwe, capital of western Rakhine State on June 1, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Schools reopen amidst political conflict and COVID-19 outbreak

Basic education schools across Myanmar finally reopened on June 1st, after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, followed by the coup in February. While critics say the forced…

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ASEAN delegates to visit Myanmar this week

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is currently ASEAN chairman, will lead an ASEAN delegation to visit Myanmar on Thursday in an effort by the regional grouping to help find a…

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This screengrab from Hantarwadi Media video footage taken on April 9, 2021 and provided to AFPTV shows a protester setting off fireworks from behind a makeshift barricade while a man at left holds a homemade rifle in a clash with security forces during a crackdown on demonstrations against the military coup in Bago. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

The more delay, the bigger chance of a great civil war: NUG

A cry for help – Prevent civil war and restore human rights by officially recognizing us, Myanmar’s pro-democracy government pleads Myanmar’s pro-democracy unity government is urging the international community and…

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Screencapture from Myawaddy TV news reports about detained Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi.

Myanmar charges Japanese journalist over ‘fake news’

The Myanmar junta has charged under a “fake news” law, a report said Tuesday, in the latest blow to press freedom since the military seized power. Freelance reporter Yuki Kitazumi…

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Thailand’s state of emergency is a tool to limit the freedoms of people and the media – ADN

Analysts claim that the current “state of emergency” in Thailand is a way of enabling the government to limit press freedom and citizens’ rights to free expression. It is a…

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Protesters hold up the three finger salute as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Tarmwe township in Yangon on April 26, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

UN Security Council Calls for ASEAN Myanmar Plan to be Enacted

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council called Friday for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar as stated in an ASEAN plan, giving unanimous approval to a statement watered…

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Protesters hold signs in support of the National Unity Government (NUG) during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Sanchaung township on April 27, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar unity government tells ASEAN no talks until prisoners freed

Myanmar’s pro-democracy unity government, formed to oppose the military junta that seized power nearly three months ago, on Wednesday ruled out talks on the crisis until all political prisoners are…

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This handout photo taken and released on April 24, 2021 by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing during his arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang, to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP)

Stability before ASEAN proposals to be considered — Myanmar junta leader

Myanmar military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said he will consider proposals by ASEAN to solve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar after peace and stability is restored in his country….

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Protesters hold up the three finger salute as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Tarmwe township in Yangon on April 26, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: The actual result of the ASEAN summit will be found in Myanmar

While the international community watches ASEAN and the actions of the junta closely over the upcoming weeks, many in Myanmar do not believe that the ASEAN five-point consensus will be…

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Thailand proposes post-ASEAN summit group to solve Myanmar crisis

Thailand has proposed what is known as “Friends of the Chair” to coordinate with all parties concerned in the crisis besetting Myanmar with an aim of reaching a negotiated peace…

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Southeast Asian leaders met Myanmar’s top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia Saturday, April 24, 2021. (Laily Rachev, Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

ASEAN leaders reach consensus on Myanmar crisis

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached a five-point consensus on the crisis in Myanmar on Saturday, calling for an immediate cessation of violence in the country…

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This handout photo taken on April 24, 2021 and released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows leaders attending the ASEAN summit on the Myanmar crisis in Jakarta. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP)

Myanmar agreed to end violence against civilians

Myanmar has accepted a proposal to stop violence against civilians, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday after an ASEAN meeting on the crisis in Myanmar. Malaysian news agency…

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(Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

A missed opportunity in Jakarta for PM Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday that he would not attend the special ASEAN summit in Jakarta this Saturday to address the ongoing crisis…

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Protesters defend themselves from the troops in Kale, Sagaing region, Myanmar March 28, 2021 in this picture taken March 28, 2021 obtained by REUTERS

Myanmar crisis: A challenge to the “ASEAN way”

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the leaders of ASEAN will be holding a special leaders’ meeting on April 24, at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta to discuss how to deal with…

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Anti-government protesters hold placards to show their support and welcome the new National Unity Government found by ousted NLD legislators and call to continue strike from traditional new year in Myanmar, in Yangon, Myanmar, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/

Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end crisis

Myanmar’s neighbours have to negotiate with a newly formed government of national unity if they want to help resolve the turmoil triggered a by a Feb. 1 military coup and…

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Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing

Min Aung Hlaing to attend ASEAN summit

Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing will attend the ASEAN summit scheduled to be held in Jakarta on April 24, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanee Sangrat has confirmed. Tanee…

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A protester holds onto the shirt of a fallen comrade, during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Exclusive: ASEAN summit on Myanmar crisis set for April 24

ASEAN leaders have agreed to meet and discuss the situation in Myanmar on April 24 at the grouping’s secretariat headquarters in Jakarta, according to a high-level source. Myanmar military junta…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on March 26, 2021 shows white uniforms with black ribbons hanging on the fence of th University of Medicine, Mandalay as part of protest by members of the medical community in Mandalay against the military coup. (Photo by Handout / FACEBOOK / AFP)

Myanmar military shoots at protesting medical workers

Myanmar’s military opened fire on protesting healthcare workers Thursday, killing at least one bystander as the demonstrators fled for safety to a nearby mosque.  The country has been in turmoil…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on April 4, 2021 shows a protester making the three-finger salute while holding posters with others featuring detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Insein township. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta’s tough crackdown on dissent rolls on. The 75-year-old Nobel laureate…

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This phot taken and received on April 4, 2021 shows protesters making the three-finger salute while wearing masks that express what they say is Chinese interference in the UN’s handling of Myanmar affairs after the military coup in Yangon’s Kamayut township. (Photo by Handout / BURMA ASSOCIATED PRESS (BAP) / AFP)

Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention

Two Australians who were detained in Myanmar late last month have been released and have left Yangon, Canberra’s foreign affairs department said Monday. Business consultants Matthew O’Kane and Christa Avery,…

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This screengrab provided via AFPTV and taken from a broadcast by Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) in Myanmar on March 23, 2021 shows junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun speaking during a news conference held by the military government in Naypyidaw. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar junta defends crackdown, vows to stop ‘anarchy’

Myanmar’s junta on Tuesday defended its seven-week crackdown that has left more than 260 democracy protesters dead, insisting it would not tolerate “anarchy”. The junta has unleashed deadly violence as…

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(file photo) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo attends the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held over video conference due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, from the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on June 26, 2020. (Photo by SIGID KURNIAWAN / POOL / AFP)

Indonesia president urges halt to Myanmar violence, wants ASEAN talks

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called for bloodshed to be halted in military-ruled Myanmar and for Southeast Asian leaders to hold a high-level meeting to try to find a…

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No breakthrough on Myanmar crisis at ASEAN meeting

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers on Tuesday to discuss the coup in Myanmar failed to find a breakthrough to get the nation back on the path…

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ASEAN putting pressure on Myanmar over continuing violence

ASEAN leaders are putting pressure on Myanmar military to peacefully resolve the current crisis with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong criticizing its use of lethal force against civilians and…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2019 shows people participating in a rally in Yangon in support of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against accusations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

The Lady vanishes: Suu Kyi back under house arrest

The Myanmar military’s detention of Aung San Suu Kyi during this week’s coup has revived memories of her more than 15 years of house arrest at a lakeside villa in…

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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021, after the military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Governments around the world condemn Myanmar’s military coup

The United States led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar’s democracy on Monday after the military staged a coup, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu…

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Police stand guard along a road in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2021, ahead of the reopening of the parliament on February 1 following the November 2020 elections which Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP)

UN, foreign missions sound alarm over Myanmar coup fears

More than a dozen embassies, including the US and EU delegation, Friday urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the UN in a chorus of international concern about a…

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A man wearing a face mask walks past a public health campaign banner to stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Hanoi on January 28, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam reports first virus outbreak in nearly two months

Vietnam recorded its first coronavirus outbreak in almost two months on Thursday, with more than 80 new cases reported as authorities began testing tens of thousands of people to contain…

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An on-demand autonomous bus developed by ST Engineering arrives at a bus stop at the start of a trial run from Singapore Science Park 2 to Haw Par Villa MRT station in Singapore on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore launches new self-driving bus trial

Singapore has moved a step closer to a driverless public transport network with the launch of a new trial of self-driving buses. Orderly and high-tech, the Asian city-state has become…

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This photo taken on October 22, 2020 shows a Rohingya woman cooking at a temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe in Aceh province. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Hundreds of Rohingya missing from Indonesian refugee camp

Hundreds of Rohingya are missing from a refugee camp in Indonesia and are believed to have been trafficked to neighbouring Malaysia, officials and sources said Thursday. Just 112 refugees remain…

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People look up at Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, as it spews rocks and ash out for another day in Yogyakarta on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Agung Supriyanto / AFP)

Indonesian volcano erupts, spewing hot ash three kilometres away

One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, erupted Wednesday, belching out huge clouds of smoke and ash that billowed down the sides of its rumbling crater. The volcano,…

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Singapore activists appeal gay sex ban court ruling

Three Singapore campaigners launched an appeal Monday against a court’s decision to uphold a law banning sex between men, the latest effort to overturn the colonial-era legislation.  A holdover from British rule…

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People walk past an electronic board displaying message for seniors to take precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus at Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore jails woman for lying to coronavirus contact tracers

A Singaporean woman was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for hiding her meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracers as she did not want her…

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Residents walk along a road submerged by floodwaters in Mentakab in Malaysia’s Pahang state on January 8, 2021, following heavy monsoon rains. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country’s east coast, authorities said Friday, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in…

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This photo illustration shows a mobile phone user displaying the TraceTogether application, used to aid contact tracing efforts relating to the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus situation, in Singapore on January 4, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore admits police can access contact-tracing data

Singapore has admitted data collected for contact-tracing can be accessed by police despite earlier assurances it would only be used to fight the coronavirus, sparking privacy concerns Tuesday about the…

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Indonesia says to start COVID-19 vaccinations programme next week

Indonesia‘s mass vaccination programme is set to start next week, pending authorisation from the country’s food and drug agency (BPOM), as about 700,000 doses of vaccines have already been widely…

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Indonesians cautiously optimistic about COVID-19 vaccines as new deals secured

Indonesia is poised to secure coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the health minister said on Tuesday (December 29), as it awaits authorisation to begin its inoculation program with a third…

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Asean must learn Europe’s COVID-19 lessons

A lot of people, among them many scientists, said the COVID-19 outbreak may have something to do with the weather. Europe is colder than many parts of the world, goes…

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ASEAN needs united response to fight pandemic – Singapore PM Lee

SINGAPORE – Asean has to mount a united response to the coronavirus pandemic as the region is deeply connected and interdependent, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday. The…

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This photo taken during the interview with Timor Leste Foreign Minister Dionisio Babo Soares

Timor Leste optimistic it will join ASEAN soon, no burden to the grouping

Timor Leste’s Foreign Minister Dionisio Babo Soares has expressed confidence that the country will soon be accepted as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and it’s…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 10 : Food tainted with micro plastic

Plastic waste dumped into the sea is posing an increasingly serious threat to marine life, with more and more rare marine species dying after eating plastic debris. An even greater…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 8 : The utter indifference to the waste problem

Malaysia is ranked as the world’s 8th largest dumper of garbage into the sea.  Several academics have blamed the marine waste pollution crisis on the abject indifference to the problem…

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ASEAN believes RCEP makes tremendous progress despite India’s absence

Even though India is not yet on board the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN leaders believe that they have made a breakthrough to make one of the world’s most…

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A win-win solution of the future

A circular economy is basically a system which uses advanced technology to eliminate waste by re-using it as a resource. Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary General of the Eastern Economic Corridor…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 3

Episode 3 of the ASEAN Waste Crisis documentary focuses on joint efforts by Indonesia’s private sector and religious organizations to address the plastic waste problem. The Thai PBS team, led…

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ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 2

A new documentary, ‘ASEAN Waste Crisis’, looks at the catastrophic plastic waste problem facing ASEAN countries, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Thailand. Phongsathat Sukhaphong is in Indonesia, tracking the…

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Prime Minister Prayut addressing the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. – Photo from Government House

PM Prayut reaffirms ASEAN’s active role in tackling climate change

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said the 10 countries of ASEAN are committed to working with the international community to tackle the challenge of climate change.   Addressing the…

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ASEAN commemorates 52nd anniversary by inaugurating new secretariat building

JAKARTA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) inaugurated here on Thursday its new secretariat building as it commemorates its 52nd anniversary. Inauguration of the new…

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Chinese FM hails major progress in effort to resolve disputes in South China Sea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today hailed the early completion of the first reading of the papers relating to the negotiation of a joint code of conduct in the South…

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Jurin to attend RCEP in a bid to form world’s biggest trading bloc

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to attend a ministerial conference on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Beijing later this week, in a…

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Polish Ambassador positive about EU’s future with or without the UK

In an exclusive interview with Nattha Komolvadhin on July 5th, H.E. Mr. Waldemar Dubaniowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Thailand, remained positive about the future of the European…

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Thailand in ASEAN driver’s seat (2)

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Thailand in ASEAN driver’s seat (1)

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Thailand as ASEAN chair: Achievements and challenges

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ASEAN parliamentarian group calls for end to judicial harassment of Thai politicians

The Jakarta-based ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) released a statement yesterday (May 27) calling on the Thai authorities to end their harassment of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit…

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Rangsit University President Arthit Ourairat during the convocation ceremony on Sunday. – Picture from Rangsit University Facebook

Malaysian PM Mahathir awarded honorary doctorate by Rangsit University

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said today that ASEAN has yet to get its due credit as the only regional organization that has been sustainable and with tremendous potential. In…

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Trade war drives China’s investment in Asean to triple

The US-China trade war is driving China to turn to invest even more in Asean and the investment value is projected to surge to 16 trillion baht in the next…

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Somkid vows to make Thailand Asean’s aircraft service hub

Thailand aims to become Asean’s hub of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for medium- and large-sized airliners, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. The demand for jet MRO services…

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Don dismisses article against Thailand’s ASEAN chairmanship 

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has denounced an Indonesian newspaper columnist’s proposal to deny Thailand the ASEAN rotating chairmanship, saying the article was senseless, according to The Nation “The author misunderstood…

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Surin Pitsuwan used his style of diplomacy and exceptional leadership to put ASEAN on the world stage.

Remembering “people’s leader” Surin Pitsuwan

Trying to describe someone like Dr. Surin Pitsuwan has never been easy.  You can call him a great diplomat, an ASEAN spokesman, a visionary or a great orator, and yet…

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S Korea wants ASEAN to play role in peace process

Asean can continue to play a constructive role in helping to usher in peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in today. “It is necessary…

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