Asean Summit

Southeast Asian leaders to talk China, trade

Brunei police and plain clothes security wait at Brunei International Airport in Bandar Seri Begawan, ahead of the Asean summit, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Southeast Asian leaders will meet in Brunei on Wednesday hoping to heal wounds from infighting over relations with China while building momentum towards groundbreaking economic partnerships.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 2:42pm

Asean to press China for talks on new maritime code of conduct

Brunei's new Prime Minister's Office, the venue for the upcoming Asean Summit. Photo: Reuters

Worried that long-seething rifts could escalate over the South China Sea, Southeast Asian leaders are expected this week to press China to agree to start negotiations on a new pact aimed at thwarting a major clash in one of the busiest maritime regions.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:40am

Obama meets Wen after political transitions

US President Barack Obama looks at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the 7th East Asia Summit plenary session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 20, 2012. Photo: EPA

President Barack Obama met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday, in the highest-level exchange between the two sides since the US election and an engineered power transfer in China.

20 Nov 2012 - 5:18pm

Obama to dive into South China Sea turmoil

Barack Obama takes his seat between Wen Jiabao (right) and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Asean summit in Phnom Penh. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama was on Tuesday set to defy Beijing’s protests and use a summit to raise concerns over South China Sea rows that have sent diplomatic and trade shockwaves across the region.

20 Nov 2012 - 5:07pm

China opposes sea row ‘internationalisation’

China's Premier Wen Jiabao (centre) walks between Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (left) and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Asean summit in Phnom Penh on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told Southeast Asian leaders on Monday that negotiations to end territorial disputes in the South China Sea should only be held between claimant countries.

19 Nov 2012 - 9:56pm 1 comment

Southeast Asian nations feud over China

China's Premier Wen Jiabao (left), Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (centre) and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Phnom Penh on Monday. Photo: AP

Southeast Asian leaders feuded on Monday over how to handle tense maritime territorial disputes with China, overshadowing talks at a regional summit meant to strengthen trade and political ties.

19 Nov 2012 - 6:24pm

Obama urges Myanmar to hasten reforms on historic visit

US President Barack Obama meets with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her residence in Yangon on Monday. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama urged Myanmar on Monday to hasten its “remarkable” reforms on a historic visit during which he was feted by huge crowds and met Aung San Suu Kyi at the home where she was long locked up.

19 Nov 2012 - 6:07pm

Islands row off the agenda at East Asia summit

US President Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at a press conference in Bangkok yesterday. Photo: AFP

Asean leaders yesterday moved to limit their discussions of tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea - a move which could keep the issue off the agenda just as US President Barack Obama arrives in Phnom Penh to intensify Washington's push back to Asia.

19 Nov 2012 - 2:32pm

Asean's human rights declaration criticised by US and others

Asean leaders hold hands during the opening ceremony of the 21st Asean and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh. Photo: Reuters

Southeast Asian leaders yesterday adopted a human rights declaration despite last-minute calls by critics, including Washington, for a postponement. They said the pact contained loopholes that could allow atrocities to continue.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Asean leaders to press Myanmar to solve Rohingya issue

Rohingya Muslim refugees at the Sin-Ta-Kaw relief camp in Pauk Taw township, Rakhine State. Violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State have left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June. Photo: AP

Southeast Asian leaders will put pressure on Myanmar to resolve violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, a senior regional official said yesterday, after unrest left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Asean will need help with big to-do list

A Cambodian worker puts up Asean flags along the road from the airport into downtown Phnom Penh, ahead of the 21st Asean Summit (15-20 November 2012). Photo: EPA

Asean leaders gathering in Phnom Penh for the grouping's summit will find their bags packed full of expectations amid global uncertainties and regional tensions. They must carry and unpack their burdens with care. Can positive steps be taken?

15 Nov 2012 - 2:35am

Cambodia's chance to quiet doubts about its role in Asean

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking at the opening of an Asean Symposium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 30, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Cambodia will fulfil its last major obligation as this year's Asean chair this month when it hosts the annual Asean Summit and the seventh East Asia Summit.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:59am

South China Sea claims to top summit agenda

Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Bali, Indonesia, yesterday for a series of high-level meetings with the region's leaders that are expected to feature discussions about disputes in the South China Sea.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

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14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Blunder adds a bit of levity at Asean talks

It is probably just as well there is often a touch of humour on the fringes of the annual Asean ministers' meetings.

Given the inevitable clash between high aims and low expectations resulting in little tangible progress, there is often precious little else to smile about.

4 Aug 2007 - 12:00am