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China, Asean have deep unity – minister

BEIJING: The recent diplomatic interactions with Southeast Asian countries have enhanced unity between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and deepened the cooperation of regional anti-pandemic fight, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said. He made the remarks in an interview with Xinhua after holding talks last week with Luhut […].....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netOct 18th, 2020

Unified ASEAN can avert South China Sea conflict - Philippine minister - SWI swissinfo.ch

Unified ASEAN can avert South China Sea conflict - Philippine minister swissinfo.ch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

North Korea to defy coronavirus with huge parade

Nuclear-armed North Korea is expected to parade its latest and most advanced weapons through the streets of Pyongyang on Saturday, as the coronavirus-barricaded country celebrates the 75th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Un’s ruling party. Saturday is expected to see thousands of goose-stepping soldiers packed into Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for North Korea’s founder, under the gaze of his grandson Kim Jong Un ED JONES AFP/ MANILA BULLETIN South Korea’s unification minister told parliament on Thursday that a “large-scale parade” was anticipated, and satellite imagery on the respected 38North website has also suggested the cavalcade could be huge. The anniversary comes during a difficult year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic and recent storms add pressure to the heavily sanctioned country.  Pyongyang closed its borders eight months ago to try to protect itself from the virus — which first emerged in neighbouring China — and has still to confirm a single case of infection. Last month, troops from the North shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who had drifted into its waters, apparently as a precaution against the disease, prompting fury in Seoul and a rare apology from Kim. Nevertheless, Saturday is expected to see thousands of goose-stepping soldiers packed into Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, named for North Korea’s founder, under the gaze of his grandson, the third member of the family to rule the country. A procession of progressively larger armoured vehicles and tanks is likely to follow, culminating with whatever missiles Pyongyang wants to put on show. The North is widely believed to have continued to develop its arsenal — which it says it needs to protect itself from a US invasion — throughout nuclear negotiations with Washington, deadlocked since the collapse of a summit in Hanoi in February last year. Now analysts expect a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) or an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the US mainland to appear — maybe even one with multiple re-entry vehicle capabilities that could allow it to evade US defence systems. The anniversary of the Workers’ Party means North Korea “has a political and strategic need to do something bigger”, said Sung-yoon Lee, a Korean studies professor at Tufts University in the United States. Showcasing its most advanced weapons “will signal a big step forward in Pyongyang’s credible threat capabilities”, he said. But unlike on many previous occasions, no international media have been allowed in to watch the parade, and with many foreign embassies in Pyongyang closing their doors in the face of coronavirus restrictions, few outside observers will be present. It is not clear whether state broadcaster KCTV will air the event live — some past parades have not appeared on television until the following day. But the South’s government has detected signs that Kim is to give a speech at the parade, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday citing unnamed sources.  – Masks and missiles? –  At the end of December, Kim threatened to demonstrate a “new strategic weapon”, but analysts say Pyongyang will still tread carefully to avoid jeopardising its chances with Washington ahead of next month’s presidential elections. Showing off its strategic weapons in a military parade “would be consistent with what Kim Jong Un promised”, while “not provoking the US as much as a test-launch of a strategic weapon”, said former US government North Korea analyst Rachel Lee. The messaging of the parade “will be heavily domestic — on party accomplishments, unity around the leader, and improving the economy before the Eighth Party Congress”, she added, referring to a meeting of the Workers’ Party due to take place in January. But Harry Kazianis of the Center for the National Interest warned that with thousands of people involved, it could turn into a “deadly superspreader-like event” unless “extreme precautions” were used. The impoverished nation’s crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major virus outbreak, and he added that such protective measures seemed “pretty unlikely”. “Clearly masks and missiles don’t mix.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Three ASEAN States Push Back on Beijing in South China Sea

In an unusual show of unity against China, Southeast Asian nations have been pushing back on Beijing's sweeping assertion of sovereignty over the South China Sea amid dissatisfaction over its stanc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Three ASEAN States Push Back on Beijing in South China Sea

In an unusual show of unity against China, Southeast Asian nations have been pushing back on Beijing's sweeping assertion of sovereignty over the South China Sea amid dissatisfaction over its stanc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Asean Ministers Meeting Stresses Unity, Cooperation Vs. Covid-19

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Defense Ministers’ Meeting Retreat held here on Wednesday came up with a joint statement on combating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. In the statement, the defense ministers expressed their great concern over the Covid-19 outbreak, saying they share and value China’s efforts in fighting the epidemic. Noting […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

Beautiful harmony : Trump plays nice as divisive G20 opens

OSAKA, Japan (3rd UPDATE) – US President Donald Trump on Friday, June 28, struck a conciliatory tone with fellow world leaders at one of the most high-stakes  G20 meetings in years, despite deep divisions on trade and climate change. Host Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, appealed for unity among bickering ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Asean eyes signing of China-led RCEP by yearend

BANGKOK: Southeast Asian leaders are eager to sign a sweeping China-led trade pact by the end of this year, Thailand’s prime minister said on Friday, with further talks expected at…READ The post Asean eyes signing of China-led RCEP by yearend appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row

VIENTIANE, Laos — For 49 years, the unity of Southeast Asia's main grouping has hinged on its founding principle: decisions by consensus......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJul 24th, 2016

Du30 vows strong partnership with Asean, China

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to remain a strong partner of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, saying multilateral ties are necessary amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

& lsquo;Biden to invest in multilateral ASEAN dialogs& rsquo;

Ernest Bower, president and CEO of Bower Group Asia, said the election of Joe Biden as the new US president would continue to highlight the need for multilateral dialogues to resolve the issue over the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

‘World’s Biggest Trade Deal’ Signed by Asean, China, Other Partner Countries

The world’s largest free trade agreement is signed by fifteen nations in the Asia-Pacific region on Sunday as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) was signed during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) annual summit, bringing more imported products to every Asean country. The agreement was signed by the Asean member states comprising […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 16th, 2020

Ledaers of Southeast Asian countries confer with Chinese premier

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the 23rd China-ASEAN leaders' meeting, which is held via video link, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 12, 2020. (Xinh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

Update: Chinese premier raises four proposals to progress ties with ASEAN

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends the 23rd China-ASEAN leaders' meeting, which is held via video link, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Ta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

PRRD thanks China for COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, other cooperation

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) -- As country coordinator for the ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed ASEAN's appreciation to China for its pledge to contribute to th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

PRRD thanks China for COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund, other cooperation

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) -- As country coordinator for the ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expressed ASEAN's appreciation to China for its pledge to contribute to th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Duterte to raise South China Sea issue at ASEAN Summit

Duterte to raise South China Sea issue at ASEAN Summit Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) – November 12, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is expected to put forward the Philippines’ interests in the South China Sea and the need for cohesive regional action among member-nations when he participates in the 37th ASEAN […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Duterte to raise South China Sea issue at ASEAN Summit

President Duterte is expected to put forward the Philippines’ interests in the South China Sea and the need for cohesive regional action among member-nations when he participates in the 37th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits today until Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

China, Japan set concrete goals on climate change

  JAPAN’S new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga used his first policy address to parliament to declare that Japan, the world’s third largest economy after the United States and China, has set a deadline – the year 2050 – to end its emission of pollut­ing greenhouse gasses. “We will bring the total amount of greenhouse gas […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 30th, 2020

Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned China that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world. Trudeau took aim at Beijing’s record as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada establishing diplomatic ties with China. “We will remain absolutely […] The post Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Philippine Military Chief: Situation in South China Sea Very Tense

Military posturing in the South China Sea has created a "very tense" situation, the Philippine armed forces chief said Tuesday, while in Malaysia, the visiting Chinese foreign minister said the wat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020