Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP

Asean leaders call for restraint in disputed South China Sea, as US-China trade war rages on

  • This year’s Asean Summit opened with a push for the regional bloc to conclude a free trade pact with China and five other Asia-Pacific nations to cushion any impact from the US-China trade conflict
  • Asean leaders also urged a more ‘more visible and enhanced role’ of the 10-member bloc to support Myanmar in the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims
Topic |   Asean

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP
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Protesters in Manila burn Chinese flags made of paper. Photo: Handout

Filipinos burn Chinese flags in protest against Duterte’s ‘weak’ response to South China Sea sinking

  • Demonstration comes after the Philippine leader described the sinking of a Philippine vessel in the South China Sea as ‘just a collision’
  • The incident has become a lightning rod for anti-Chinese sentiment, including fears over illegal immigration
Topic |   South China Sea

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Protesters in Manila burn Chinese flags made of paper. Photo: Handout
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