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  1. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Any progress at Asean forum will be backstage, analysts say

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:49pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... been called a diplomatic talking shop. But as foreign ministers gather in Myanmar for the Asean regional forum this weekend, back-door diplomacy could provide hints on how security issues ... every time and has no effect," Thayer said. But Myanmar having the Asean chair this year could be problematic, according to Rodolfo Severino, a former Asean secretary general and now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1568333/asean-meeting-call-action-reduce-tensions-south-china-sea
  2. News - Asia - DIPLOMACY

    Asean ministers want legally binding code of conduct for South China Sea

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 10:51pm by KYODO

    ... in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw. The code would be created through negotiations with China. The annual meeting took place amid continuing tensions, most recently heightened by China's placement ... "The current developments in the world are causing serious concern to us," Myanmar President Thein Sein said at the outset of the meeting. Thein Sein said the 10-nation association should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1569456/asean-ministers-want-legally-binding-code-conduct-south-china-sea
  3. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing warns all outside Asean against involvement in South China Sea disputes

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 05:53am by Minnie Chan, Reuters

    ... Minnie Chan and Reuters in Naypyidaw, Myanmar Asean states' interests and those of China, not those of US or other outsiders, called paramount Beijing warns against meddling in maritime issues China warned yesterday that only Asean's declaration of conduct was relevant to how nations interacted in the South China Sea and any competing proposal would harm ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1570272/beijing-warns-all-outside-asean-against-involvement-south-china-sea
  4. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA: ANALYSIS

    North Korean outreach to Southeast Asia part of regional balancing act

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 06:42am by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... out to friends in Southeast Asia. Over the past week, Ri Su-yong made stops in Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore and made a debut appearance at an Asean forum. The whirlwind ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1575074/north-korean-outreach-southeast-asia-part-regional-balancing-act
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asean silence over Thai coup reflects regional needs and realities

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 03:01pm by SIMON TAY

    ... preaching and sanctions, after all, led Myanmar down that path. Even if principle must be upheld, perhaps Japan's position may suit. The Abe administration has called the military's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1569101/asean-silence-over-thai-coup-reflects-regional-needs-and-realities
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia eases defence curbs as Myanmar leader visits

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 03:29pm by AFP

    ... President Thein Sein on Monday became Myanmar’s first head of state to visit Australia since 1974, winning aid and defence concessions as he reaps new fruits of his liberalisation ... the reforms. “As a close neighbour, Australia will benefit from a more open and prosperous Myanmar that is fully integrated into the region,” said Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the country formerly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1193674/australia-eases-defence-curbs-myanmar-leader-visits
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Obama's Myanmar trip 'no threat to Chinese interests'

    Posted Nov 10th 2012, 12:00am by Reuters in Yangon

    ... Reuters in Yangon Yunnan party boss says opening up of former pariah state will bring stability that helps China Obama's Myanmar trip 'no threat to Chinese interests' A landmark trip by US President Barack Obama to Myanmar this month poses no threat to China's interests in the country, a senior Chinese official from a key border province said yesterday. Obama ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1078964/obamas-myanmar-trip-no-threat-chinese-interests
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asean leaders ride out the South China Sea storms

    Posted May 13th 2014, 07:06pm by SIMON TAY

    ... Simon Tay Simon Tay says Asean leaders wisely managed to avoid controversy over South China Sea issues during their Myanmar summit, focusing instead on matters where progress could be made Riding out the storm When leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered this week in Myanmar, the weather forecast was for high temperatures combined with a chance of storms. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1511269/asean-leaders-ride-out-south-china-sea-storms
  9. News - Asia

    Indonesia says ASEAN concerned by Myanmar unrest

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 01:04pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vientiane Deadly sectarian violence rocking western Myanmar is “an issue of concern” for the whole of Southeast Asia, Indonesia’s foreign minister said on Monday. ... said. “We [Indonesia] wish very much for Myanmar to be able to address this problem in a positive way in the same way that it has on the overall democratic process,” he said ahead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1075211/indonesia-says-asean-concerned-myanmar-unrest
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asean caught uncomfortably in the middle of US-China regional conflict

    Posted May 30th 2014, 09:13pm by MARK VALENCIA

    ... is any guide, it will bend towards the most powerful. Vietnam has been very public in its attempts to draw the US in as a balancer to China. The US has even made political inroads in Myanmar ... only to be replaced by a Chinese storm surge. Asean was already divided on the South China Sea issues. Non-claimants Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand seem to advocate deference to China. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1521930/asean-caught-uncomfortably-middle-us-china-regional-conflict

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