Organizations Associated With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Desperate struggle to forge sea code

Diplomatic efforts are intensifying across Southeast Asia this week to save an apparently doomed effort to forge a landmark code with China to govern tensions in the disputed South China Sea.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 4:52pm

Trip aims at soothing concerns

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi's recently concluded Southeast Asian trip could help allay concerns among China's neighbours about its growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, analysts said, but it did not make China's position stronger in territorial stand-offs with members of Asean.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

Jakarta effect

Keep an eye on Indonesia.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Without open dialogue, Asean neutrality risks becoming neutered

Asean's failure to issue a communique at the end of the ministerial meeting hosted in Cambodia last week shocked many. Reports indicate that drafting floundered on the issue of the South China Sea, where the sovereignty of different islets is disputed.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sino-US issues test Asean unity

While Southeast Asian nations have repeatedly warned against being forced to choose between China and the US, the past few days have only confirmed that the strategic rivalry now reaches deep into the political heart of the region.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Unity will toughen Asean to withstand Sino-US rivalry

Much intent has followed the Obama administration's policy to return US focus to Asia. Some Republicans say they never left. But many in Asia and especially Southeast Asia feel a change in both perception and action. Asean summits are at a high point, and the US presence is felt on competing claims in the South China Sea.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

US trade-pact plan must not isolate China, Asean told

A senior trade official warned yesterday that a US-initiated multilateral free-trade agreement should not be aimed at isolating China, the world's second-largest economy and largest exporter.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mideast rivalries play out on Asean stage

As Asean nations cosy up to Middle Eastern countries in a bid to boost trade, most are now discovering that their 'New Silk Road' strategy is a path laden with explosive intentions. More than a destination for petrodollars, Southeast Asia is fast emerging as the proxy battleground for competing Middle Eastern interests.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Asean's embrace of U.S. riles china

The United States' 'return to Asia' has resulted in a new dynamic in the region, with many Southeast Asian countries looking to China when they need economic support, but turning to the US for security protection, a forum on international relations heard in Hong Kong yesterday.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Deeper fears

Chinese officials and analysts talk publicly and privately about their fears that the US is attempting to contain a rising China through its re-engagement with the region. US officials and analysts, meanwhile, talk publicly and privately about the need to 'shape' the rise of China.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Wen calls for clear minds on Asian affairs

Premier Wen Jiabao warned yesterday against outside forces becoming involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the affairs of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), as the United States seeks to exert more influence.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hard talk

Given the traditionally limp nature of formal diplomacy in Asia, it is all too easy to look away in horror whenever the phrase 'new regional architecture' is mentioned.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Maritime code seen as tough task

As Asean and Chinese officials look beyond the guidelines finalised this week to guide behaviour in the South China Sea, they face an even bigger challenge - creating a legally binding code of conduct.

Any celebratory mood over the guidelines is being tempered by warnings from diplomats that the code could take years of negotiation, despite growing pressure for action.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sidelined HK

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which meets this week in Bali, has become a broad church. Its East Asia Summit ties in China, the US, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Australia. Its annual regional forum on security, while still toothless, covers 27 nations and blocs, from the region's superpowers to East Timor.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Calm the waters

Demonstrations in Hanoi against China ended when the Vietnamese government finally acted on Sunday to round up protesters. The rare public protests, held on weekends for more than a month in front of the Chinese embassy, employed nationalistic slogans and symbols.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am