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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 22, 2018 1:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

Oct. 19, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Japan's defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia. Takeshi Iwaya says the program fits in with the government's vision to raise defense cooperation with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian...

Southeast Asian navies to hold 1st joint drills with China

Oct. 19, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian navies are heading to their first joint exercises with China in its southern waters next week, and defense officials agreed Friday to conduct a similar drill with the U.S. next year. Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Oct. 22-28 drills in waters surrounding...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 15, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Philippine, Vietnam leaders discuss disputed sea boundaries

Oct. 12, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam's prime minister have discussed efforts by their countries to delineate their maritime boundaries in the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China. Duterte said Friday, without elaborating, that he told Prime...

The Latest: Southeast Asian leaders affirm free trade goals

Oct. 11, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the IMF-World Bank annual meeting (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have reaffirmed their commitment to open trading systems that have underpinned their economic growth. The leaders met Thursday in Bali, Indonesia, on...

SE Asia microcosm: 2 contrasting leaders address the UN

Sep. 28, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders who appeared at the United Nations on Friday present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell. On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir...

Cambodian prime minister says 'let us fix our own problems'

Sep. 12, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen slammed criticism by outsiders of political issues in the Mekong region, saying Wednesday that the countries should be allowed to solve their own problems. Speaking at a World Economic Forum gathering in Hanoi, Hun Sen heatedly defended Myanmar against...

Asian leaders fault US, say open trade best growth option

Sep. 12, 2018 4:17 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A top Chinese official and leaders of several Southeast Asian countries said Wednesday that moves by the U.S. to limit trade and protect American businesses pose a grave threat to the world economy. Uncertainty and destabilizing factors threaten to undermine growth, Chinese Vice...

Thai police shut down journalists' discussion about Rohingya

Sep. 10, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. About a dozen policemen showed up...