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East Asia Summit

Asean's once united purpose appears adrift on South China Sea

Taking place amid so much global financial uncertainty, this year's East Asia Summit should have been firmly focused on building and strengthening regional economic ties.

Friday, 23 November, 2012, 2:22am

Unruly Asean not playing Beijing's game on territorial disputes

The frustration and sarcasm were evident as Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang outlined the "mathematics" at play this week behind China's troubled relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

China, Japan and South Korea to meet for free-trade talks

China, Japan and South Korea will hold the first round of meetings early next year on a free-trade agreement vital to an Asia-wide deal, even as they spar over disputed islands.

The negotiations of those countries, which represent three of Asia's four biggest economies, are vital to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a 16-nation accord announced on Tuesday.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Sino-US stability helps the whole world, Wen tells Obama

Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday used his last meeting with US President Barack Obama to push for stability between Washington and Beijing’s new leadership.

In a wide-ranging meeting at the Asean East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, the two leaders discussed economic and security issues, including the growing territorial disputes between China and its neighbours.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:45am

Beijing praises Cambodia's efforts to limit discussions on South China Sea

China on Tuesday defended Cambodia's controversial bid to limit international discussions of South China Sea tensions, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman praising Phnom Penh for trying to "safeguard Asean unity".

21 Nov 2012 - 1:40pm

Code of conduct for South China Sea can defuse time bomb

The curtains of domestic politics have barely come down and the United States and China have already shifted their attention back to the Asean geopolitical chessboard in their battle for influence over the Asia-Pacific.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:55am

Obama urges restraint amid Asian territorial disputes

US President Barack Obama urged Asian leaders on Tuesday to rein in tensions in the South China Sea and other disputed territory but stopped short of firmly backing allies Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in their disputes with China.

20 Nov 2012 - 9:29pm

Obama meets Wen after political transitions

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

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

South China Sea dispute wrecks Asean unity

Asean unity yet again lay in tatters last night – thwarting a Chinese-backed effort to keep South China Sea territorial disputes off the agenda of today’s international leaders’ summit in Cambodia.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:04am