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Austin in Philippines to discuss larger US military presence

Feb. 01, 2023 02:30 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was in the Philippines on Wednesday for talks about deploying U.S. forces and weapons in more Philippine military camps to ramp up deterrence against China’s increasingly aggressive actions toward Taiwan and in the disputed South China...

Rights group: Litany of crises in 2022 but also good signs

Jan. 12, 2023 05:32 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Widespread opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the strength of a unified response against human rights abuses, and there are signs that power is shifting as people take to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction in Iran, China and elsewhere,...

UN council adopts resolution urging end to Myanmar violence

Dec. 21, 2022 22:20 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved its first-ever resolution on Myanmar on Wednesday, demanding an immediate end to violence in the Southeast Asian nation and urging its military rulers to release all “arbitrarily detained” prisoners including ousted leader Aung San Suu...

Europe hosts southeast Asian leaders as own crises mount

Dec. 14, 2022 13:26 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and southeast Asian countries commemorated 45 years of diplomatic ties Wednesday at a summit overshadowed by political distractions in Europe, ranging from the war in Ukraine to a bribery scandal. EU leaders hosted counterparts from the Association of...

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...