ASEAN Perspectives

PHL is one of the best-performing economies in Asia; overtakes Vietnam, Indonesia — NEDA

  Statement of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief and Socio Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia:   “With our country growing at 6.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017, I am pleased to inform you that we remain as one of the best-performing economies in Asia. We are well on track to meeting our full-year target growth of 6.5 to 7.5 percent. We have overtaken Vietnam’s 6.2 percent growth and Indonesia’s 5.0 percent […]

Analysis: Can US stop a N. Korea missile strike?

  SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — North Korea said Thursday it would complete a plan within days to launch a salvo of four intermediate-range missiles towards Guam, the US island territory in the western Pacific. It followed US President Donald Trump’s warning of “fire and fury like the world has never seen” as a war of words with the US escalates tension on the peninsula. Would the North be able to carry out such an exercise? […]

Is China being left behind in US-N.Korea sparring?

by Yanan Wang Agence France Presse Beijing, China (AFP) — As the United States and North Korea exchange fiery words over the regime’s growing weapons programme, China — the North’s biggest ally and trade partner — has receded into the background. Donald Trump had been publicly prodding China for months to use its influence on Pyongyang, but this week the US president pointed his verbal salvos directly at North Korea, warning of “fire and fury” […]

PHL successful in hosting ASEAN Foreign ministers’ meeting, ASEAN 50th anniversary celebration

  (Eagle News) — The Philippines should be proud of its successful hosting of the week-long 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, as well as of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary celebration in Manila. This was according to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano who expressed his gratitude for the country’s successful hosting of the week-long 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in a press briefing held on August 8 in Manila. “First of all, I think […]

China FM cites gains in South China Sea talks as greatest progress in China-ASEAN meetings

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out the highlights of a series of foreign ministers’ meetings in the Philippines, approving of the consensus achieved in the prolonged South China Sea issue and expressing deep concern over the spiraling tensions on the Korean Peninsula. From Sunday to Monday, Wang attended the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. At […]

PHL Foreign Secretary says ASEAN at 50 is the best time for change to achieve ASEAN dream

  Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said this is the best time for ASEAN member states to take the role of being partners for change as the regional bloc celebrates its 50th year. Cayetano on Saturday, August 5, welcomed his counterparts from different member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as they gathered in Manila for the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM). Senior officials and delegates from other ASEAN […]

Vietnam challenges China at ASEAN forum, wants tougher ASEAN stance on South China Sea

  by Martin Abbugao / Ayee Macaraig Agence France Presse MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — Vietnam urged other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea on Saturday, as a tense regional security forum began with North Korea also under fire over its nuclear program. Ahead of the launch of the annual gathering of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam made a […]

S. Korean FM open to meeting N. Korean counterpart

  by Jerome Taylor Agence France Presse Manila, Philippines (AFP) — South Korea’s foreign minister said Saturday she was open to rare discussions with her North Korean counterpart at a security forum in the Philippines in a bid to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. The diplomatic olive branch came as the isolated regime faces increasing global pressure following its second intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 28, with the United Nations Security Council set […]

Islamist militant threat expected to overshadow South China Sea dispute at ASEAN forum

  As the battle against Islamist militants in the southern Philippines continues to rage, talks on regional security are expected to take center stage at this year’s Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, overshadowing the more long-standing discussions on the disputed South China Sea. In the past, the South China Sea has topped the agenda at the annual regional forum, with participant nations usually expected to press China to conclude a Code of […]

Shoot drug traffickers if they resist arrest, says Indonesia’s President Widodo

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) –Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has ordered the police to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest in the latest effort to eradicate drug use in the country. In a speech to one of Indonesia’s political parties late Friday, Widodo urged law enforcers to crackdown on drug dealers in Indonesia. “Be firm. Especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country. If they resist even the slightest, just shoot them,” Widodo said. The Indonesian […]

China says US damaged stability in South China Sea after warship sails near disputed island

China’s foreign ministry said that the United States had seriously damaged peace and stability in the South China Sea after a United States warship sailed near a disputed island claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed on Sunday (June 2) within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, part of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, a US Defense Department official said. The official added that the operation […]

Exclusive: Russia fully supports PHL government’s fight vs terrorism in Marawi, says ambassador

Stresses importance of united front to fight int’l terrorism based on Russia’s experience     QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Russian ambassador to the Philippines H. E. Igor Khovaev said Russia “fully supports” the Philippine government’s fight against terrorism in Mindanao, saying the terrorist attack in Marawi City was “an attack on all of us.” “I would like first to emphasize that we fully support a fair, legitimate struggle for the Philippine nation against […]