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Malaysia supports Indonesia’s proposed ASEAN identity narrative

Malaysia supports Indonesia’s proposed ASEAN identity narrative

Yogyakarta: Malaysia has vowed to back Indonesia’s idea regarding the ASEAN identity narrative “What Indonesia initiated about the ASEAN as a single identity is a good thing, and we support it,” Malaysian Deputy General Secretary of Tourism, Art, and Culture Ministry Saraya Binti Arbi said on the sidelines of the 15th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting […]

Moon resumes overtures to Japan, hopes for N.K. leader’s participation in ASEAN summit

Moon resumes overtures to Japan, hopes for N.K. leader’s participation in ASEAN summit

  Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday he would “embrace” Japan if it shifts to dialogue to end diplomatic and trade rifts between the two sides, again extending an olive branch to Tokyo. “I’m ready to embrace and cooperate with Japan when it returns to the table for dialogue and cooperation, whenever that […]

ASEAN Friendship Concert 2019:  Singing Together for Stronger Partnership

ASEAN Friendship Concert 2019:  Singing Together for Stronger Partnership

  Bangkok: While in some regions, music and politics are in a dysfunctional relationship, marked by wary trysts and embarrassed silences, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have shown that music supplements politics in deepening relations and strengthening partnerships. The ten ASEAN member countries and their allies and partners have been holding meetings […]

Thai PM calls for strengthening ASEAN-led mechanisms, cooperation

Thai PM calls for strengthening ASEAN-led mechanisms, cooperation

  Bangkok: ASEAN must enhance cooperation with its Dialogue Partners and with other countries outside the region and welcome cooperation with new partners in order to achieve sustainability in all dimensions, Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha has said. Prayut was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and […]

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

[Singapore] Despite the personal rapport between Donald Trump and Xi Jing-ping, Sino-US rivalry has been escalating over trade, technology, and security issues. As Trump puts it: “I am President of United States and Xi is President of China”. National interest trumps friendship. And the businessman-turned-politician has made it clear that in the contest for supremacy, America must […]

Good reason for China’s rising popularity in South Pacific

Good reason for China’s rising popularity in South Pacific

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with leaders of eight Pacific island countries and officials in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) capital on Friday and all agreed to elevate their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual respect and common development. On Friday, Xi also attended the hand-over ceremony of the China-assisted Independence Boulevard, […]

Are Social Media a Key to Promote Peace in ASEAN countries?

Are Social Media a Key to Promote Peace in ASEAN countries?

On September 1, Mekong Dialogue Institute (MDI) hosted a regional media conference on “ASEAN Toward Regional Stability Through Social Media”. The conference, also known as ASEANCon, was held at Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) of Royal University of Phnom Penh. There were approximately 600 participants who were mostly university students, government officials, and journalists. ASEANCon successfully […]

Russian export to ASEAN market will rise to 10% by 2020

Russian export to ASEAN market will rise to 10% by 2020

Pyotr Fradkov, Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Export Center said that the center forecasts Russian export to ASEAN countries will grow from 1.5% to 10% by 2020. “Now we have 1.5% on the market but I believe 10% will be a decent share. It’s fairly achievable by 2020,” he said in an interview with […]

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