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Pompeo urges Southeast Asia to shun South China Sea firms

Hanoi - Washington's top diplomat urged Southeast Asia on Thursday to cut ties with Chinese companies helping build islands in the South China Sea, weeks after the US blacklisted two dozen firms working in the disputed waters.

China says US biggest threat to peace in South China Sea

Bejing - China accused the US of becoming "the biggest driver of militarization" in the contested South China Sea, as tensions between Washington and Beijing look set to swamp a regional Asian summit.

US-China tensions set to dominate Southeast Asia summit

Hanoi - US-China rivalry is set to dominate discussions as the foreign ministers of 10 Southeast Asian countries begin an online summit Wednesday, with Washington's top diplomat ready to take aim at Beijing's "bullying" in the South China Sea.

Vietnam PM warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

South East Asian leaders warned Friday the virus pandemic had swept away years of economic gains and was hindering negotiations over the flashpoint South China Sea as they met online for a delayed summit.

Vietnam PM warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

Vietnam on Friday warned the virus pandemic had swept away years of economic gains as Southeast Asian leaders met online for a summit that will also be dominated by anxiety over Beijing's moves in the flashpoint South China Sea.

ASEAN leaders meet online to tackle coronavirus

Hanoi - Southeast Asian leaders warned Tuesday of the crippling economic cost of the coronavirus at a summit held online, calling for trade routes to reopen to protect jobs and food supplies, as well as the stockpiling of medical equipment.

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Vientiane - China's efforts to control the deadly outbreak of a new coronavirus "are working", Beijing's top diplomat said Thursday, attributing an easing in new cases to his country's "forceful action" against the illness.

World's biggest trade deal nears finish despite India holdout

Bangkok - The world's biggest trade deal is likely to move forward without India for the time being, diplomats and officials said Monday, as negotiators pushed to finalise the sprawling Asian pact backed by China.

India will not join RCEP trade deal in blow to sprawling Asian pact

Bangkok - India said Monday it would not join a sprawling Asian trade pact, dealing a blow to the China-backed deal at the end of a Bangkok summit held against a backdrop of global growth fears.

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines

Bangkok - South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday held their first talks for more than a year on the sidelines of a regional summit in Thailand, Moon's office said, with the neighbours' relationship in dire straits.

World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020: draft ASEAN statement

Bangkok - The signing of the world's largest trade pact will likely be kicked back to 2020, according to a draft statement by Southeast Asian leaders, delaying a deal craved by China as it seeks to temper the fallout from a painful tariff war with the US.

World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020: draft ASEAN statement

Bangkok - The signing of the world's largest trade pact will likely be kicked back to 2020, according to a draft statement by Southeast Asian leaders, delaying a deal craved by China to offset a painful tariff war with the US.

UN chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Bangkok - The UN chief on Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure the "safe" return of Rohingya refugees driven out by army operations, a plea made in front of Aung San Suu Kyi more than two years since her country cracked down on the Muslim minority.

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Bangkok - Beijing said Sunday it is "ready to work" with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct in the flashpoint South China Sea, where it is accused of building up military installations and bullying fellow claimants.

US, ASEAN kick off first joint naval drills

Bangkok - The United States and ten Southeast Asian countries kicked off maritime drills on Monday, as part of a joint exercise extending into the flashpoint South China Sea with eight warships, four aircraft and more than a thousand personnel.

US, SE Asia to hold first ever joint maritime drill

Bangkok - The US and 10 Southeast Asian states will hold their first-ever joint maritime exercises in September, aimed at preventing "wrongdoing" as Washington and Beijing jostle for influence in the region.

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit, two suspects held

Bangkok - Two men from Thailand's insurgency-hit "Deep South" have been arrested linked to several small bomb attacks which rattled Bangkok Friday as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, leaving four people wounded but not d...

Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit, wounding two

Bangkok - At least two small bombs exploded in Bangkok on Friday, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving two people wounded.

Pompeo says US not asking ASEAN allies to 'choose' on China

Bangkok - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Thursday that Washington was not asking Southeast Asian nations to "choose" between his country and rival power China, as he trailed a rebooted security and trade strategy at a Bangkok summit.

Pompeo says US not asking ASEAN allies to "choose sides" on China

Bangkok - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Thursday that Washington was not asking Southeast Asian nations to "choose sides" between his country and rival power China, as he trailed a rebooted security and trade strategy at a Bangkok summit.

South Korea warns Japan to drop 'white list' trade threat

Bangkok - South Korea warned Japan on Thursday that it would be forced to review security cooperation between the two key US allies if Tokyo pushes ahead with plans to remove Seoul from its "white list" of trusted trade partners.

China stakes claim to ASEAN 'neighbourhood' as Pompeo jets in for Bangkok talks

Bangkok - China urged non-Asian nations to avoid sowing "distrust" and division over contested seas Wednesday in a swipe at the US shortly before its top diplomat was due to arrive at a Bangkok summit bearing a message of reinvigorated American trade and securit...

US-China big power rivalry set for Bangkok staging

Bangkok - The US-China rivalry is set to be sharpened at a Bangkok summit starting Wednesday, where Washington's top diplomat will insist his nation remains a key Asia-Pacific power in the face of Beijing's military machinations in contested seas and airspace.

Protectionism slammed as Southeast Asian leaders rally to trade pact

Bangkok - 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.

Protectionism slammed as Southeast Asian leaders rally to trade pact

Bangkok - Thailand's premier made an impassioned plea against protectionism on Sunday at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders where the fallout from the US-China tariff war has dominated talks.

Malaysia calls for 'justice' and citizenship for Rohingya Muslims

Bangkok - Malaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar's Rohingya minority must "be brought to justice", in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit.

Trade to headline as Southeast Asian leaders meet in Bangkok

Bangkok - Southeast Asian leaders gather in Bangkok on Saturday eager to drive forward the world's largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China muddying the outlook for their export-led economies.

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Bangkok - Malaysia's prime minister on Friday vowed to help Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge in Malaysia, reiterating the call for Southeast Asian leaders to "stop the oppression" of the stateless minority group expelled from Myanmar.

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

Bangkok - 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.

Trade disputes to dominate as ASEAN meets in Bangkok

Bangkok - Southeast Asian leaders will dissect the impact of the US-China tariff war this weekend at a Bangkok summit, with Beijing determined to drive forward a trade pact sweeping in 40 percent of global commerce -- but excluding America.
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