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Russia and China block UN statement on Myanmar crisis

May. 27, 2022 23:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia blocked the U.N. Security Council from issuing a statement Friday expressing concern at the violence and serious humanitarian situation in Myanmar and the “limited progress” on implementing a regional plan to restore peace to the strife-torn Southeast...

Malaysian foreign minister meets Myanmar opposition figure

May. 15, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The foreign minister of Myanmar’s shadow government, which opposes the military council that runs the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation, on Sunday described as “productive” a meeting she had with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. The Saturday...

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

May. 13, 2022 21:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he's nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration's commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to...

Biden hosts ASEAN leaders as he tries to show Pacific focus

May. 12, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday kicked off the first-ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit to be held in Washington as his administration makes an extended effort to demonstrate that the United States has not lost focus on the Pacific even while dealing with...

Cambodia hosts meeting on humanitarian assistance to Myanmar

May. 06, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met Friday in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, in a new effort to organize humanitarian assistance for strife-torn Myanmar, a goal that critics feel falls short of addressing the causes of the crisis in the...

Biden to host Southeast Asian leaders for May 12-13 summit

Apr. 16, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian nations in Washington next month for a summit, the White House said Saturday. The May 12-13 gathering is meant to demonstrate the United States' commitment to being a partner with...

China to back military-ruled Myanmar regardless of situation

Apr. 02, 2022 04:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says it will back neighbor Myanmar “no matter how the situation changes,” in the latest show of unequivocal support for the ruling military that seized power last year. China “has always placed Myanmar in an important position in its neighborly...

UN special envoy on Myanmar meets with ASEAN counterpart

Mar. 31, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The top U.N. envoy dealing with the crisis in Myanmar met Thursday with her counterpart from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss their joint efforts to promote peacemaking in the strife-torn nation. Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry...

Biden is skeptical Russia is scaling back operations in Kyiv

Mar. 29, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he wasn't yet convinced that Russia's announcement that it would scale back military operations near the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv will lead to a fundamental shift in the war. Biden, during an appearance with Singapore Prime...

ASEAN envoy sees minor progress in Myanmar mission

Mar. 23, 2022 10:46 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s foreign minister on Wednesday claimed he made minor progress in his mission as a special regional envoy to strife-torn Myanmar despite not being allowed by the military to meet with ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Prak Sokhonn,...