China may give Filipino fishermen access to Scarborough - sources

China will consider giving Filipino fishermen conditional access to disputed waters in the South China Sea after the presidents of the two countries meet in Beijing this week, two Chinese sources with ties to the leadership said. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to raise the plight ...

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 ...

China’s Xi Jinping visits King, Hun Sen

Throngs of cheering school children greeted Chinese President Xi Jinping upon his arrival in the capital on October 13, with balaclava-clad soldiers enforcing order and whole sections of the city shut down as he paid visits to the King and the prime minister. On his first ...

Chinese president to touch down in Cambodia as nations consolidate ties

Cambodia is edging increasingly close to China, as the superpower lavishes aid on the ASEAN nation that has proved a robust ally in the South China Sea dispute. Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Cambodia tomorrow for a two-day official visit, consolidating a far-reaching relationship ...

PM Lee hails new partnership with old friend Australia in address to parliament

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement finalised in May this year will take the relationship between Singapore and Australia one step forward and will “cement our partnership for many years to come”, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told the Australian parliament on October 12. Mr Lee ...

Japan readies 100bn yen in lending for Myanmar

Japan plans to extend about $994 million in low-interest lending to Myanmar for such projects as railways and water treatment plants, the latest step in Tokyo’s push to bolster ties with the Southeast Asian country. This would mark Japan’s first development financing initiative for Myanmar since ...

China promises to shore up border as foreign minister’s trip ends

Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has ended her five-day trip to China, returning to Yangon on August 21st. The visit, which came after an invitation from China’s Premier Li Keqiang, was Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s first major overseas trip since the National League ...

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