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Laos, Australia further strengthen customs cooperation

Laos and Australia concluded a customs related agreement in Vientiane last week, aiming to promote customs-to-customs ties between the two countries. According to a press rel ease from the Australia Embassy in Vientiane, Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg is visiting the region to further ...

ASEAN, Japan further enhance defence cooperation

ASEAN and Japanese defence ministers have agreed to further enhance their cooperation on politics, security, economics, and socio-cultural affairs. As a result of positive relations in these areas to date, Japan has become one of the most important dialogue partners and supporters of ASEAN. Lao ...

Singapore, VN enhance economic co-operation

Over the past five years, Singapore’s investments in Việt Nam have nearly doubled. Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister, Lim Hng Kiang, emphasises the development of longstanding economic relations between Singapore and Việt Nam, which have yielded concrete outcomes, including creation of the Việt Nam-Singapore Industrial ...

Japan's Abe to meet Trump next week: official

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet US president-elect Donald Trump next week in New York, officials said November 10, after phone talks between the two following the billionaire’s shock election win. Abe and Trump spoke for about 20 minutes and tentatively set a ...

ASEAN, China join forces to tackle transnational crime

ASEAN member states and China will further boost their joint efforts through bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms to tackle transnational crime. ​Transnational crime includes drugs and human trafficking which are increasing in scale as reflected by the large number of young people that fall victim ...

Asia leaders off-the-mark to congratulate Trump on victory

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump, hoping for ‘enhanced Philippines-US relations’ while Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina invited Trump and his wife to visit Bangladesh. Leaders across Asia congratulated Republican Donald Trump on winning the bitterly fought US presidential election. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte extended his wishes to the US ...

Anxiety in Manila as Duterte blasts U.S., embraces China

During long hours stuck in Manila’s choking traffic, taxi driver Maning Yabut constantly hears about the anxieties of Filipinos from all walks of life. These days, the talk is all about whether President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-U.S. outbursts are good for the Philippines. Particularly concerned, he ...

Authorities meet on proposed Law of Treaties

Authorities from eight northern provinces met in Bokeo province recently to discuss a proposed draft law of treaties and international agreements. The draft law would be the first law issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and would set the principles, regulations and procedures for ...

Government accedes to requests of UN resident coordinator and diplomatic missions

Union officials on November 3 said they had satisfied the requirements of diplomatic officials for northern Rakhine State in the aftermath of the deadly armed attacks of October 9. Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu ...

China needs 'lose-win' diplomacy in ASEAN

Scanning the regional landscape on November 3, South-east Asian states ought to be quite optimistic about the state of ASEAN-China relations just as the year closes on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of their dialogue partnership. ASEAN and China have agreed to a series of ...

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