Asean News

FEATURE: President Moon set to unveil policy for Asean ties

SEOUL (The Straits Times/ANN) - The South Korean President is set to reveal a "New Southern Policy" with aims of boosting ties and economic cooperation with Asean countries.

South Korean President Moon Jae In is set to unveil a "New Southern Policy" aimed at boosting ties and economic cooperation with Asean countries, as he embarks on his first South-east Asian tour tomorrow (Nov 8).

OPINION: Cooperation would benefit US more than blame game

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Trump is expected to play the same card when he visits Beijing after his stop in South Korea this week, as he called the United States’ trade deficit with China “embarrassing” and “horrible” ahead of his trip.

US President Donald Trump once again harped on his favourite bête noire, trade deficits, during his visit to Japan on Sunday, the first stop on his five-country Asia tour, saying his country had “suffered massive trade deficits at the hands of Japan for many, many years”.

Duterte hoping for ‘productive dialogue’ with Trump in PH

President Rodrigo Duterte was looking forward to a “productive dialogue” with US President Donald Trump, Malacañang said on Saturday after the American leader decided to extend his stay in the Philippines for one day to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS).

Trump will arrive in the Philippines on Nov. 12 and leave on Nov. 14. It will be the last stop of his marathon swing through Asia, which includes visits to Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

His visit to Manila was timed for the 31st summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Nuclear crisis, extremism top Asean Summit agenda

Twenty-one world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, will be converging in Manila next week as the Philippines hosts the 31st summit and related meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) amid tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

President Rodrigo Duterte will preside over the Asean Summit with fellow leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

PH probing North Korean ‘hacking’ ahead of Asean summit

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it was “on top” of cybersecurity preparations ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit next week, assistant secretary Allan Cabanlong said in an interview.

He gave the update even as he confirmed the DICT was validating reports that key government internet infrastructure might have been compromised by North Korean hackers.

“We are conducting an investigation,” Cabanlong said, adding that a report would be ready by Monday.

All APEC leaders to attend summit

HÀ NỘI — All 21 leaders of the APEC economies have confirmed their attendance at the upcoming APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week in the central city of Đà Nẵng.

Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice Chairman of the APEC 2017 National Committee Bùi Thanh Sơn confirmed the information at a press briefing on Thursday in Hà Nội.

The APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week, themed “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering A Shared Future”, will take place from November 6-11.

APEC business council prepares for dialogue with bloc leaders

ĐÀ NẴNG — The 2017 APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting opened on Sunday morning in the central city of Đà Nẵng to discuss final preparations for the upcoming dialogue with leaders of APEC member economies.

TPP11 – quality pact remains significant, vital

Viet Nam News- While the US’s withdrawal is a big blow to the TPP, the agreement forged after five years of negotiations still has a lot to offer. Võ Trí Thành explains.

In February 2016, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the world’s biggest and most-awaited multinational trade deals was signed by 12 member economies in New Zealand. The deal was the fruit of negotiations that had lasted five years.

EDITORIAL: Thailand needs new unifying icon

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Without the benign stewardship of their late king, Thailand is now in need of inspirational leadership committed to inclusive growth.

PM sets up new committee to speed migrant worker registrations in Thailand

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - The Thai prime minister has exercised his special powers under Article 44 of the provisional charter to set up a committee to expedite the registration process for migrant workers..