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Singapore's ruling party signals choice of next PM

Nov. 23, 2018 4:47 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's ruling party on Friday promoted Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to No. 2 post, making him a likely choice to succeed the prime minister. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said he hopes to step down in four years. He called the leadership reshuffle "a major step forward in our...

Analysis: Rising US, China rivalry deepening rifts in Asia

Nov. 22, 2018 5:04 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — All the usual rituals of international summits were there: the group photos, the gala dinners, the noticeably vibrant shirts leaders force themselves into. But eclipsing all of that at Asia's two big meetings was some unusually forthright criticism that exposed deepening divisions rattling...

US, China rivalry challenging entwined Asia-Pacific region

Nov. 15, 2018 6:32 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Asia-Pacific is proving "awkward" for Southeast Asian nations that do not want to have to choose between their friends, Singapore's prime minister said Thursday as he wrapped up a regional summit. "It's easiest not to take sides when everybody...

The Latest: Singapore PM says China-US rivalry 'awkward'

Nov. 15, 2018 5:46 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which ends Thursday in Singapore (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (LEE SEE'-yan LONG) has said the rivalry between the U.S. and China for influence in Southeast Asia is proving...

Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

Nov. 14, 2018 7:23 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have again pushed back an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a...

The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

Nov. 14, 2018 4:39 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a final agreement on a Southeast Asian-centered free trade agreement will be pushed back until 2019....

At Southeast Asian summit, pushback against going it alone

Nov. 13, 2018 7:16 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday with a warning from the host, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, about threats against international rules that underpin world stability and economic growth. "The international order is at a turning point," Lee said at...

The Latest: Southeast Asian meet starts with call for unity

Nov. 13, 2018 6:07 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the meeting in Singapore of leaders from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have begun their annual summit with calls to work together to resolve tensions over trade and other...

Chinese premier urges guard of free trade on Singapore visit

Nov. 12, 2018 11:15 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed the need for free trade on Monday, as he drew similarities between his country and Singapore, a bustling regional hub. "China and Singapore have a special cooperative relationship because there are profound cultural and people-to-people exchanges between...

Singapore, Malaysia renew ties as historic rival surfaces

Nov. 12, 2018 2:29 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's leader vowed Monday to strengthen ties with Malaysia, which is now led by a historic rival following a game-changing election. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during a visit by his Malaysian counterpart, Mahathir Mohamad, that the countries had a "special bond"...