ASEAN Perspectives

Possible ‘elements of genocide’ in Myanmar: UN

  by Nina Larson Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — UN member states said Tuesday that Myanmar was likely committing “crimes against humanity” against its Rohingya minority, while the UN rights chief voiced alarm over possible “elements of genocide”. Following a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, the nations overwhelmingly voted in favour of a resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against the largely Muslim minority. Thirty-three of the council’s […]

Rohingya still fleeing Myanmar despite repatriation deal

  COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AFP) — Rohingya are still fleeing into Bangladesh even after an agreement was signed with Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority displaced along the border, officials said Monday. The arrangement struck by the neighbours on Thursday raised the prospect of at least 700,000 Rohingya Muslims living in overcrowded camps in southeastern Bangladesh being returned to Myanmar. But at least 3,000 refugees have crossed since then, the United […]

President Duterte: ASEAN heads of state, delegates were “all praises” for PHL soldiers

  President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, November 22, said soldiers received praises from delegates who attended the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits held in the country last week. In a speech at the Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, the Chief Executive said heads of states and military officials congratulated him for the government’s campaign against the rebellion in Marawi. “You know, marami akong natanggap na accolades but it was […]

China’s Belt and Road Initiative to benefit ASEAN economy and nations, says Finance secretary

Member-states of the Association of South East Asian Nations stand to greatly benefit from China’s Belt and Road Initiative, especially in the infrastructure sector, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez. Dominguez also said that the initiative from China through the Belt and Road Initiative will also benefit not only the economy of ASEAN countries but also the nations of Southeast Asia. The Finance secretary also said that it will help make regional integration and economic […]

ASEAN Summit creates stronger goodwill among world leaders, says DTI Secretary Lopez

(Eagle News) — Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the country’s hosting of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit is very significant to the Filipino people. Lopez said that this year’s ASEAN Summit created stronger goodwill among world leaders that will transcend to other government officials. “This gathering translates a good relationship and talks in the future in terms of trade and agreements,” Lopez said during an interview with Net 25’s […]

“One of the rifles you gave us killed Hapilon,” Duterte tells Chinese Premier; thanks China for helping end Marawi war

(Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his sincere appreciation for the timely help given by China in the Philippines’ fight against terrorism, saying one of the rifles donated by China was the one that had been used to kill ISIS Southeast Asia emir Isnilon Hapilon. At the opening of the bilateral talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Malacanang, Duterte asked the Chinese Prime Minister to relay his message of gratitude and “warm feelings” […]

Palace releases PHL-US joint statement on Duterte-Trump bilaterals; South China Sea, North Korea, human rights discussed

  (Eagle News) — Malacanang released the Philippine-US joint statement on the bilateral meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Philippine President and current ASEAN chair Rodrigo Duterte which mentioned all the important points discussed by the two leaders including freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the North Korea nuclear threat, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, as well as the drug war and the human rights issues. There was a “broad range […]

Japan vows deeper cooperation to build a stronger ASEAN; asks region to put pressure on N. Korea

  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to deepen cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in various areas such as maritime security, defense, trade, infrastructure development, combating terrorism, disaster risk reduction and cultural exchanges. Abe made the commitment during the 20th ASEAN-Japan Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Monday, November 13. He also asked the ASEAN to apply more pressure on North Korea for it to […]

China’s Premier says peace and friendly relations is what China and ASEAN both want

(Eagle News) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed China’s commitment to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), saying that China as well as the ASEAN want to promote peace, solidarity in a region once marked by uncertainty. The South China Sea issue was not specifically raised in Li’s remarks, but he stressed that what his country wants with the ASEAN is “friendly relations” as well as a “strategic partnership.” -Divide bridged by […]

UP professor gives an overview of the 31st ASEAN Summit during Eagle News Service’s special coverage of summit

  (Eagle News) — As the 31st ASEAN Summit and Other Related Summits officially opened, a political analyst from the University of the Philippines gave an overview on the intricacies of the ASEAN during Eagle News Service’s special coverage of the historic summit. Associate Professor Aries Arugay of the Department of Political Science of UP Diliman predicted that ASEAN will be more and more integrated as it grows as an economic regional bloc. The ASEAN […]

President Duterte pledges support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in ASEAN Business Summit

  President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, November 12, pledged support for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) recognizing its significant contribution in achieving inclusive growth. President Duterte made the pronouncement as he graced the launching of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) and opening of ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) at Solaire Grand Ballroom in Pasay City. “Next year, I would like to make some late changes in the GAA — […]