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Rohingya crisis besieges Suu Kyi at Singapore summit

Fpo - Diplomatic niceties have been in short supply for Aung San Suu Kyi at a summit in Singapore, where the one-time rights champion has been publicly chastised over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, compounding a dismal week for Myanmar's de facto leade...

Pence says Trump-Kim meeting likely in New Year, won't accept broken promises

Fpo - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will likely meet again after New Year, the US vice president said Thursday, but insisted his government would not repeat past mistakes where "promises are broken.

'Substantial progress' made on massive China trade deal that excludes US

Fpo - Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapore's leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the world's largest commercial pact which the United States is excluded from.

Kremlin laments US 'unpredictability' under Trump

Fpo - The Kremlin hit out Wednesday at the "unpredictability" of the United States under the Trump administration, saying it was causing "deep global concern".

Timeline for massive China-backed trade deal slips

Fpo - The completion of the world's largest trade deal -- backed by Beijing and excluding the United States -- has been pushed back to next year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday, after Asia-Pacific trade ministers failed to agree key terms at a Singa...

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Fpo - Singapore's prime minister made an impassioned plea Monday for open markets and warned "political pressures" were driving countries apart, in a swipe at rising protectionism at the start of a gathering of world leaders.

China, ASEAN start inaugural joint maritime drills

Bejing - China and Southeast Asian states kicked off their first joint maritime exercises on Monday in an effort to ease regional tensions linked to rival claims in the South China Sea.

US, China defence chiefs aim to improve strained ties

Fpo - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart sought Thursday to normalise military relations that have dramatically soured in recent weeks over trade and sanctions tensions.

China warns of protectionism as US trade row simmers

Hanoi - China warned Wednesday that protectionism threatens global growth and cautioned "individual countries" against isolationism, in a veiled reference to the deepening trade spat between Washington and Beijing that is being closely watched across Asia.

US-China trade spat looms over regional WEF meeting

Hanoi - Threats by US President Donald Trump to slap more punishing tariffs on Chinese goods are set to dominate a meeting of Asian business bigwigs and leaders that opens Wednesday in Hanoi.

Trump to skip Asian regional summits, Pence to travel instead

Washington - US President Donald Trump will not attend regional summits with Asian allies in November but will send Vice President Mike Pence instead, the White House announced Friday.

China-backed trade pact talks at 'critical stage': Singapore PM

Fpo - Talks on a China-backed free-trade pact have reached a "critical stage", Singapore's leader said Wednesday as he urged regional economic ministers to seal the deal by the end of the year.

North Korea criticises 'alarming' US impatience on denuclearisation

Fpo - North Korea on Saturday said the US was acting with "alarming" impatience on the issue of denuclearisation, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the need to maintain full sanctions pressure on Pyongyang.

Asian countries denounce 'real threat' of global trade war

Fpo - Asian countries have voiced concern about the potentially devastating impact of a US-China trade war, with ministers calling for the acceleration of talks for a gigantic Beijing-backed free-trade deal that excludes the United States.

China says tariff threat against US 'justified'

Fpo - China's foreign minister said Saturday that his country's threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American goods in an escalating trade spat was "fully justified".

Myanmar should 'immediately' release Reuters reporters: Pompeo

Fpo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday called on his Myanmar counterpart to release two Reuters journalists accused of breaking a draconian secrecy law during their reporting of a Rohingya massacre.

Pompeo hopeful on case of detained US pastor in Turkey

Fpo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was hopeful there would be progress towards freeing an American pastor whose detention in Turkey has sparked a diplomatic crisis.

North Korea criticises 'alarming' US behaviour

Fpo - North Korea on Saturday said the US was acting with "alarming" impatience on the issue of denuclearisation, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the need to maintain full sanctions pressure on Pyongyang.

Still a way to go on N. Korea: Pompeo

Fpo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted Friday there was still "a ways to go" on North Korea as Washington seeks to push Pyongyang to move faster along the path towards denuclearisation.

Pompeo kicks off Asia tour with N. Korea in focus

Kuala Lumpur - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Malaysia Thursday, the first stop on a Southeast Asian tour expected to focus on North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation and simmering maritime and trade tensions with Beijing.

China wants military drills with ASEAN in disputed sea, excluding US

Fpo - China wants to stage joint military exercises with Southeast Asian nations in disputed waters, according to a draft document, but insists other countries should be excluded in what analysts say is a bid to diminish US influence.

China wants military drills with ASEAN in disputed sea, excluding US

Fpo - China wants military exercises and energy exploration with Southeast Asian nations in disputed waters, according to a draft document, but insists on outside countries being excluded in what analysts said was a bid to diminish US influence.

Pompeo to urge Asians to enforce UN sanctions on NKorea

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will urge Asian countries at an upcoming meeting in Singapore to enforce UN sanctions on North Korea aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program, a US official said Tuesday.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'unwell', scraps Australia public appearance

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday pulled out of a public speech and question-and-answer session in Sydney because she was "not feeling well", the event's organisers said.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and "force an outcome".

Crushed hopes greet Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia

Sydney - The long journey to find peace for Rohingya refugee Kobir Ahmed can be told through the different birth countries of his eight children -- Myanmar, Malaysia and Australia -- although they remain citizens of no nation.

Bid to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia rejected

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has immunity from prosecution, Australia's attorney general said Sunday after a legal bid was launched to hold her responsible for "crimes against humanity".

Malaysia warns Rohingya crisis could pose security risk

Sydney - Malaysia's prime minister Saturday warned his Southeast Asian neighbours that the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar could become a serious security threat for the region.

Australia warns on encrypted apps as Southeast Asia vows terror cooperation

Sydney - Use of encrypted messaging apps to plan terrorist attacks is the greatest threat facing intelligence agencies in modern times, Australia warned Saturday as Southeast Asian leaders vowed closer cooperation to counter extremism.

Critics of Cambodia's Hun Sen refuse to be silenced in Australia

Sydney - From the safety of suburban Australia, Bou Rachna recalls the hours before her husband Kem Ley, a prominent Cambodian political analyst, was shot dead at a Phnom Penh gas station in a 2016 killing that rattled the nation.
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