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Moon views Busan summit with ASEAN as midterm review of New Southern Policy

Moon views Busan summit with ASEAN as midterm review of New Southern Policy

Seoul: President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday emphasized the significance of two upcoming summits with Southeast Asian nations in Busan for his administration’s signature New Southern Policy, as he had a weekly Cabinet meeting at the venue in the southern port city. He pointed out that the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, slated for Nov. 25-26, […]

Welcoming ceremony held in Busan for special summit with ASEAN

Welcoming ceremony held in Busan for special summit with ASEAN

Busan: South Korea held a welcoming ceremony in the southeastern port city of Busan on Sunday for a special summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) set to take place later this month. Some 10,000 citizens, as well as first lady Kim Jung-sook, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don, attended […]

Mahathir: If they do something not nice to us, we have to be un-nice to them

Mahathir: If they do something not nice to us, we have to be un-nice to them

Bangkok: When Dr Mahathir Mohamad spoke at a dialogue session at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) last Saturday on the sidelines of the just concluded 35th ASEAN Summit here, he called for the 10-ASEAN nations to speak with one voice on the global stage to avoid being bullied, by developed nations in particular. […]

Moon, Abe hold 11-minute separate ‘conversation’ in Bangkok

Moon, Abe hold 11-minute separate ‘conversation’ in Bangkok

Bangkok:  South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a brief one-on-one “conversation” in Bangkok on Monday, Cheong Wa Dae announced. They sat down together for 11 minutes on the sidelines of the ASEAN Plus Three summit at IMPACT Forum in the Thai capital. Moon and Abe had the separate meeting […]

35th ASEAN Summit opens in Thailand

35th ASEAN Summit opens in Thailand

By Habib Toumi Bangkok: The 35th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officially began on Sunday morning at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in the Thai capital. Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the plenary session attended by the ASEAN leaders from the 10 members states. According to ASEAN site, […]

ASEAN, Bahrain partnership maturing through Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

ASEAN, Bahrain partnership maturing through Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

By Habib Toumi Manama: What does in an international treaty with ten countries mean? A lot. stronger relations, common approaches, closer strategic dimensions, mutual benefits and support at various levels and lucrative economic deals, to cite just a few. The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) signed by Bahrain on Saturday with the Association of […]

Bahrain accedes Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Bahrain accedes Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

By Habib Toumi Bangkok: Bahrain signed the Instrument of Accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in Bangkok. Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa who signed on the accession treaty behalf of Bahrain expressed gratitude to Thailand for the invitation to Bahrain to accede the Treaty […]

Train trip to promote next month’s South Korea-ASEAN summit ends

Train trip to promote next month’s South Korea-ASEAN summit ends

Seoul: A three-day train journey program aimed at promoting next month’s special summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended Friday, with participants hoping the summit’s success will further cement bilateral ties. The ASEAN-Korea Center, an intergovernmental body for cooperation between South Korea and the regional bloc, organized the event […]

Taking Singapore-ROK strategic partnership to higher levels

Taking Singapore-ROK strategic partnership to higher levels

By Ivan Lim AJA Former President Singapore: Singapore is seen as a bridge straddling troubled international waters that will pave the way for South Korea’s New Southern Policy (NSP) of boosting ties with the 10-member- states of Asean (Association of South-east Asian Nations). The NSP is designed to advance President Moon Jae-in’s dream of an […]

Haze testing Asean solidarity, capabilities in tackling complex transboundary problem

Haze testing Asean solidarity, capabilities in tackling complex transboundary problem

By Ivan Lim Former AJA president Singapore: Microscopic specks of dust from forest fires have blanketed the atmosphere over South-east Asia, blotting out the sun, and painting the blue skies a dirty shade of grey. The worsening acrid haze, emanating from fires in the Indonesian territories of Sumatra and Kalimantan and spreading across to Malaysia […]

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