ASEAN Perspectives

World Bank exec advises Asia-Pacific countries to invest in education to address inequality

(LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu) Asia Pacific countries should invest in education and social protection to address inequality within their economies and this includes the Philippines, a World Bank official said on Friday. In his message during the APEC Finance Ministers’ Meeting here, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, Axel van Trotsenburg, said most poor households rely on labor as their only source of income. Making labor productive through quality education and skills […]

Philippines’ position on South China Sea issue gaining support, says Palace official

AUGUST 7 — The Philippines is pleased that its position in the South China Sea issue is already gaining support from members of the international community with stakes in the maritime dispute, a Palace official said on Thursday. Countries calling on China to stop its reclamation work in the South China Sea are beginning to understand the current realities and they are responding in the most appropriate manner, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said. “Kung […]

ASEAN makes united stand regarding Chinese land reclamation

KUALA Lumpur, Malaysia, August 5 (Eagle News) — The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed concerns regarding the continuing land reclamation of China in the disputed territories in West Philippine Sea. The ASEAN also added that China should stop said reclamation activities. China, on the other hand, refused to discuss the issue of territorial dispute in the said meeting. (Eagle News Service Jay Paul Carlos, Jericho Morales, MRFaith Bonalos)

An Introduction to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015: Thinking Globally, Prospering Regionally

(Courtesy ASEAN Secretariat) — The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is envisioned to be the realization of ASEAN economic integration by 2015. To guide the establishment of the AEC 2015, the AEC Blueprint was adopted in 2012 and serves as a master plan by underlining a strategic schedule of priority actions to be undertaken by the ASEAN Member States. The establishment of the AEC 2015 is being pursued under four pillars. The first pillar envisions ASEAN […]

The politics of Asian integration

  By Seungjoo Lee, Chung-Ang University (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — Economic integration has steadily increased in East Asia. But the region still suffers from what South Korean President Park Geun-hye calls ‘Asia’s paradox’, the disconnect between economic interdependence and backward political and security cooperation. Any further economic integration will likely reflect political power shifts in the region.   Between 1990 and 2012, intra-regional trade among the ASEAN+3 nations increased from US$562 billion to US$4,436 billion. This represented […]

Phl full statement at the Hague – Del Rosario asks Int’l Tribunal to uphold “spirit of UNCLOS”

AS DELIVERED Statement Before the Permanent Court of Arbitration Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands WHY THE PHILIPPINES BROUGHT THIS CASE TO ARBITRATION AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE REGION AND THE WORLD Republic of the Philippines v. People’s Republic of China HON. ALBERT F. DEL ROSARIO Secretary of Foreign Affairs 07 July 2015 Mr. President, distinguished Members of the Tribunal, it is a great honor to respectfully appear before you on behalf of my country, the […]

The ASEAN Integration: A Philippine Perspective

(Eagle News) — The former deputy secretary general of the Association Of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)  Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, talks about the ASEAN integration in this episode of ASEAN in Focus, a NET 25 program that focuses on the ASEAN region. Dr. Villacorta was the Philippine ambassador and permanent representative to the ASEAN from 2011-2012. He served as deputy secretary-general of the ASEAN from 2003 to 2006. He was a delegate to the 1986 Constitutional […]

Council conclusions on EU-ASEAN relations

BRUSSELS – The EU has a genuine strategic interest in strengthening its relationship with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the major contributor for stability in the Asia-Pacific region. A strong and cohesive ASEAN proceeding with its own integration is beneficial for regional prosperity, stability and security, and creates new opportunities for cooperation on regional and global challenges. The Council welcomed the new momentum in EU-ASEAN relations and underlined the EU’s commitment to supporting […]

Cambodia looks for middle ground in the South China Sea

Author: Veasna Var, UNSW, Canberra (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — The South China Sea has become a flashpoint for conflict between China and some of its ASEAN neighbours, particularly the Philippines and Vietnam. China’s recent land reclamation around the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands has also strained relations between China and the United States. While, as a non-claimant, the South China Sea is not of direct concern for Cambodia, it holds great relevance to […]

ASEAN + 3 Forum highlight international cooperation on mechanisms on parole and probation

(Eagle News) — For the third time, the Association Of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN will be holding a forum on probation and community-based rehabilitation of offenders along with three other countries namely Japan, South Korea, and China. The first ASEAN plus Three Conference on Probation and Non-Custodial Measures started in April 2013. It was then when they realized the benefit of regional cooperation in ASEAN Plus Three’s community and the growing need for further […]

1st Southeast Asia human rights forum for police officials highlight security and HR cooperation

(Eagle News) — Delegates from the 10-member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) recently visited the country to participate in the First Southeast Asia Human Rights Forum for police officials which started on April 27 and which will end on Thursday, April 30. The ASEAN forum is related to security and human rights cooperation, which is now considered a vital factor in the ASEAN integration. The four-day forum aims to develop a […]

EU proposes to scale up its partnership with ASEAN

MANILA – On 19 May 2015, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted the Joint Communication: “The EU and ASEAN: a partnership with a strategic purpose”. The Joint Communication puts forward concrete ideas for taking EU-ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) relations to the next level by providing a more coherent framework for sectoral cooperation and by ensuring a sharper political focus. “The […]