Goa summit could be the turning point for BIMSTEC

The recently concluded eighth BRICS summit in Goa, India on October 15-16 saw a range of unprecedented outcomes and engagements. One of the biggest highlights among them was the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit, where the BRICS leaders met the heads of government of the BIMSTEC countries. ...

Laos, China agree to strengthen border security

Laos and China have reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen cooperation in the maintenance of security along their shared border with the signing of a new agreement. The agreement was signed by the Head of the National Boundary Committee Office of the Ministry of Foreign ...

Ticon follows factory shift to Cambodia

Ticon Industrial Connection Plc, a Thai-based factory and warehouse developer, is expanding its operations into fast-growing Southeast Asian economies, including Cambodia, to help offset sluggish growth at home. Lalitphant Phiriyaphant, the company’s chief financial officer, said Ticon has already invested $20 million into expansion in ...

VN, Myanmar to enhance political-diplomatic ties

Việt Nam and Myanmar have agreed to further enhance political and diplomatic ties via increasing all-level visits and contacts through Party, government, State, National Assembly channels and people-to-people exchange. The agreement was reached during talks between President Trần Đại Quang and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw following ...

Trade deal to reduce tariffs with Vietnam

Cambodia and Vietnam inked an agreement on October 26 to drop import tariffs on dozens of products in an effort to boost bilateral trade. Cambodian Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak signed a memorandum of understanding with Vietnamese Minister of Trade and Industry Tran Tuan Anh ahead of the ...

Myanmar leader begins VN visit

Myanmar President Htin Kyaw and his wife Su Su Lwin arrived in Hà Nội on October 25 for a visit to Việt Nam at the invitation of President Trần Đại Quang. The three-day visit starting on October 26 aims to seek stronger co-operation between the two countries, especially ...

China to help modernize military, defense minister says

Chinese aid and expertise—and perhaps some fighter jets—will help modernize Cambodia’s military, Defense Minister Tea Banh said on October 17 as navy vessels from China and the U.S. paid courtesy calls to Cambodia’s ports. Speaking after his return from the 7th Xiangshan Forum, a regional security summit ...

Judges and rice: Cambodia's expanding reliance on China

Cambodia is rapidly expanding its diplomatic affair with China. Early last week it appealed to Beijing for help amid plunging rice pricesand then three days later Phnom Penh signed an MoU seeking Chinese assistance in overhauling its much maligned judiciary. The memorandum of understanding allows China ...

Vietnam, Philippines strengthen strategic partnership

The official visit to Vietnam by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from September 28-29 is expected to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially in politics, security, defence, and economics. This is President Duterte’s first visit to Vietnam and his fourth foreign trip since ...

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