ASEAN IN FOCUS

ASEAN leaders express concern about nuclear threat from North Korea

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) – The rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula, with the accompanying nuclear stand-off, is causing concern for the members of the Association of South East Asian Nations. ASEAN leaders have condemned North Korea’s plan to develop weapons of mass destruction. The organization appealed to North Korea to follow the provisions of the resolution issued by the United Nation Security Council. In a draft joint statement, the ASEAN Plus Three members […]

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Singapore has suspended trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, a customs document showed Thursday. A circular by Singapore Customs on its website banned “all commercially traded goods… from or to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), regardless of whether they are imported, exported, transhipped or brought in transit through Singapore” with effect from November […]

ASEAN Summit, a victory for all Filipinos, says Presidential spokesperson Roque

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The peaceful culmination of the 31st ASEAN Summit is a victory for all Filipinos, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. Roque also said that the Philippines was able to secure agreements with other members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners to address issues faced by the region like terrorism, the dispute in South China Sea, and North Korea. Meanwhile, the bilateral meeting of […]

Rohingya can return only if Myanmar’s ‘real citizens’ accept: army

YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine state until “real Myanmar citizens” are ready to accept them, the country’s army chief said Thursday, casting doubt over government pledges to begin repatriating the persecuted Muslim minority. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August. The UN says the scorched-earth operation, which has left hundreds of villages burned to ash in […]

Chinese Premier Li: PHL-China relations as warm as temperature in Manila

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday hailed the improvement in relations between the two countries. Premier Li even likened the existing relationship to the weather in Manila during a joint press conference with his Philippine counterpart after bilateral talks in Malacanang. “Winter has come to the northern hemisphere but the temperature in Manila is still running pretty high. I think that somewhat reflects the temperature of China-Philippines relations […]

News in Photos: President Duterte and Chinese Premier Li witness signing of 14 agreements

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday, November 15, witnessed the signing of agreements between China and the Philippines in Malacañang Palace. The two leaders also delivered a joint statement and proceeded to grace the ceremonial launching of the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella Pantaleon Bridges Project, and the Dangerous Drugs Abuse Treatment Rehabilitation Center Project. President Duterte is also set to host a state banquet for the visiting Premier. […]

President Duterte announces landmark outcomes of Philippines’ ASEAN Summit hosting

  President Rodrigo Duterte reported a productive conclusion of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on Tuesday, November 14, announcing landmark outcomes of the meetings during the Philippines’ hosting, including the commitment from China to allow “unbridled freedom of overflight and navigation” in the South China Sea. President Duterte noted the highlights of the Summit such as the start of talks for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and the signing […]

Tillerson in Myanmar to press Suu Kyi and army on Rohingya

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AFP) — Washington’s top diplomat arrived in Myanmar Wednesday to press civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s powerful army chief over violence-torn Rakhine state, where troops are accused of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s one-day stop in the capital Naypyidaw comes as global outrage builds over an army crackdown that has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the mainly Buddhist country since late August. While […]

President Duterte hands over ASEAN chairmanship to Singapore

  (Eagle News) – Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night (November 14) officially handed over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who will be hosting the ASEAN Summit next year. The official hand-over of the ASEAN chairmanship was done as the Philippines concluded the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits and brought its regional meeting of 21 world leaders to a close. During […]

ASEAN to regulate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will help in regulating the Code of Conduct  in the South China Sea. ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh admitted that the ASEAN cannot resolve the issue alone. Minh also said that the ASEAN and China should follow the agreements signed by the member-states and China since 2002.

Duterte stresses need for implementation of RCEP; says pact could “write rules of game of int’l trade order”

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday underscored the need for the implementation of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, noting that such could “provide size and scale to unleash new growth potentials and write the rules of the game of the international trade order.” In his speech at the start of the RCEP Summit, Duterte, who is this year’s ASEAN chair, said that “when it enters into force,” the RCEP would be “one of […]

Majority of economic priority deliverables achieved by ASEAN with the PHL chairmanship – AEM Chair

The majority of economic priority deliverables have been successfully achieved with the Philippine chairmanship of the ASEAN Summit, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said in a statement. “That’s why we consider the Philippines 2017 ASEAN Chairmanship a tremendous success as it was achieved through the concerted efforts of the 10 ASEAN Member States (AMS) and continuous open dialogue and cooperation with external partners,” Lopez, also the 2017 ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) chair, said. “These developments are […]