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US and Chinese defense chiefs meet amid strained relations

Nov. 22, 2022 05:00 AM EST

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — The defense chiefs of the United States and China held talks Tuesday on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Cambodia to discuss strained bilateral relations and regional and global security issues, U.S. and Chinese officials said. It was the second...

US pushes defense ties with Indonesia as China strengthens

Nov. 21, 2022 07:26 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin met his Indonesian counterpart on Monday to push stronger defense ties amid growing Chinese naval activity in the Indo-Pacific region. Austin, at a joint news conference after meeting with Indonesian Defense Minister...

China, US officials to attend Southeast Asia defense meeting

Nov. 20, 2022 00:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The defense chiefs of rival powers China and the U.S. will both attend next week's expanded meeting of Southeast Asian security ministers in Cambodia, opening up the possibility the two will hold face-to-face discussions. China’s Defense Ministry said Gen. Wei...

Cambodian leader leaves G-20 early after COVID-19 diagnosis

Nov. 15, 2022 00:14 AM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday he has COVID-19 and is leaving the Group of 20 meetings in Bali, just days after hosting President Joe Biden and other world leaders for a summit in his country's capital. The diagnosis came as the heads of...

Southeast Asian leaders: region no proxy for any powers

Nov. 13, 2022 07:59 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Indonesia's president vowed Sunday not to let Southeast Asia become the front lines of a new Cold War amid increasing tensions between the United States and China, saying as his country took over the chairmanship of the influential Association of Southeast Asian...

Ukraine FM: Moscow playing 'hunger games' with world

Nov. 12, 2022 10:37 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pressed Southeast Asian countries for political and material support in his county's fight against Russia, while accusing Moscow on Saturday of playing “hunger games” with the world by holding up shipments of Ukrainian grain...

Biden pledges US will work with Southeast Asian nations

Nov. 12, 2022 10:23 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — President Joe Biden promised Saturday that the United States would work with a strategically vital coalition of southeast Asian nations, telling leaders that “we're going to build a better future that we all want to see” in the region where U.S. rival China is also...

SE Asian leaders do little to raise pressure on Myanmar

Nov. 11, 2022 11:07 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders did little to ramp up pressure on Myanmar to comply with their plan for peace, agreeing Friday to a course of action that largely kicks the matter down the road. With violence in Myanmar spiraling out of control since the military...

Watches, daggers and cricket ice cream: Asian summit treats

Nov. 10, 2022 20:16 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A custom wristwatch from Cambodian leader Hun Sen at the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh, a foot-long dagger at the G-20 meetings in Bali, and cricket ice cream and Thai noodles with worm sauce at the APEC talks in Bangkok. World leaders have a surfeit of swag and...

Ukraine boosts Southeast Asia ties with peace accord

Nov. 10, 2022 07:09 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Ukraine signed a peace accord Thursday with Southeast Asian nations, a largely symbolic act that comes as Kyiv seeks to shore up international support in isolating Russia. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba signed the “Treaty on Amity and...