ASEAN Perspectives

Full text of Locsin’s statement after UNHRC adoption of resolution pushing comprehensive report on Duterte drug war

Foreign affairs chief says PHL will be “Friend to friends, enemy to enemies, and a worse enemy to false friends.” (Here is the full text of the statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., on the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the Iceland resolution pushing a comprehensive review and report of the drug war under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.) In 1945, the Philippines, along with 50 other states, […]

Duterte’s strong stand vs Canada trash inspired other ASEAN nations to take same move, reports BOC

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s strong stand against Canada on the issue of returning its trash back to its shores has inspired other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to also take a strong stand on saying no to wastes being dumped into their countries. This was relayed by Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero of the Bureau of Customs to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Guerrero, who came from the 28thmeeting […]

US ambassador calls on South China Sea claimant countries to “refrain from provocative” actions

  (Eagle News) – United States Ambassador Sung Kim urged all countries with varying claims on the South China Sea to “refrain from provocative unilateral actions” even as he slammed China for its continuous military action in the region. During the Embassy’s pre-celebration of the 243rd US Independence Day, Ambassador Kim said that this had always been the US government’s position. “We always say we urge all countries to refrain from provocative unilateral actions that’s […]

President Duterte expresses “disappointment” with delay in Code of Conduct on South China Sea at ASEAN Summit

    (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed grave concern over activities in the South China Sea that erode trust and confidence with existing mechanisms, as he pressed for the immediate conclusion of the binding code of conduct in the South China Sea. Duterte, who returned to the country Sunday night, was disappointed with the slow action on the Code of the Conduct on the South China Sea even as the Philippines as country […]

Protectionism slammed as Southeast Asian leaders rally to trade pact

by Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI / Dene-Hern Chen Agence France Presse BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders made an impassioned plea against protectionism at a regional summit in Bangkok Sunday, warning that a dragging US-China trade spat could hammer their export-led economies. Tit-for-tat tariffs between Washington and Beijing have cast a dark cloud over global growth forecasts and experts warn any drop-off in spending by the world’s two biggest economies is likely to hit Southeast Asia […]

Duterte, Widodo hold bilateral talks on ASEAN Summit sidelines, agree on landmark accord on maritime boundaries

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting Saturday night, June 22, on the sidelines of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit where they agreed on a landmark accord on maritime boundaries between the two countries “This landmark accord concluded between the two biggest archipelagic states stands as a valuable example of the peaceful and rules-based settlement of maritime borders in accordance with 1982 United […]

ASEAN seeks conclusion of China-led trade deal this year: Thai PM

  BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Southeast Asian leaders are eager to sign a sweeping China-led trade pact by the end of this year, Thailand’s prime minister said Friday, with further talks expected at a Bangkok summit on the world’s biggest commercial deal. Beijing is seeking to shape the rules of free trade across the Asia-Pacific, as America retreats from multilateral deals under US President Donald Trump. The China-crafted Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) includes all […]

Duterte pushes for binding guidelines on South China Sea, notes how region is a “flashpoint for trouble”

  (Eagle News) — Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte expressed his frustration regarding the South China Sea during his keynote address on the “25th International Conference on the Future of Asia” conference in Tokyo on Friday, May 31, as he pushed for binding guidelines that could prevent tensions in the volatile region. “We are friends with China. I am the moderator country for China and the ASEAN. And the last thing I heard was that the […]

Mahathir says escalating US-China trade war not good for the world

  (Eagle News) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that the escalating US-China trade war is affecting other nations, as he urged more dialogue between the two superpowers. Mahathir was the keynote speaker in the opening of the 25th Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on Thursday, May 30, which is sponsored by Nikkei. The 93-year old Southeast Asian leader said that the US-China trade war is creating instability and uncertainty in the world. […]

Suu Kyi tries to save face with Myanmar reporters’ release

  by Richard SARGENT Agence France Presse YANGON, Myanmar (AFP) — After relentless diplomatic pressure and global outrage, fallen democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi finally decided that a pardon for two Myanmar journalists jailed for reporting on a Rohingya massacre was the only way to resolve an issue that has dogged her government for nearly 18 months. Observers say the unexpected release of the two Reuters reporters was a political decision timed to save […]

Malaysia criticized for failures on rights reforms

  PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AFP) — Malaysia’s government faced criticism Thursday for failing to repeal repressive laws and backtracking on promises to improve human rights a year after sweeping to power with a reformist agenda. A ramshackle coalition headed by veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad stormed to a shock election victory on May 9 last year, toppling a corruption-plagued regime that had led the country since independence from Britain in 1957. The Pact of Hope alliance had […]

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo on track to beat firebrand ex-general

  by Kiki Siregar Agence France Presse JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Indonesia’s Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world’s third-biggest democracy with pollsters giving him a wide lead over rival Prabowo Subianto, a firebrand ex-general, hours after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island archipelago. While official results are not due until next month, a series of so-called “quick counts” by pollsters showed Widodo holding a strong lead with around 55 […]