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ASEAN Leaders Open Two-Day Summit in Cambodia

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations – ASEAN – are gathered in Phnom Penh for a two-day summit that is expected to deal with simmering maritime disputes and a scheduled North Korean rocket launch. Host President Hun Sen focused on economic issues in his opening remarks Tuesday, urging the participating countries to […]

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ASEAN, EU Strive for Free Trade Agreement

Posted April 1st, 2012 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has urged closer economic ties between the EU and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. During a business conference between EU and Asian officials in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Sunday, De Gucht called on participants to make “concrete progress” on negotiations for a far-reaching free […]

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Chinese President in Cambodia As Summit Opens

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s President Hu Jintao is in Cambodia on a four-day state visit that coincides with a key regional summit where participants are expected to voice growing opposition to Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Mr. Hu was to meet with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and confer with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, as […]

Chinese President in Cambodia As Summit Opens

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s President Hu Jintao is in Cambodia on a four-day state visit that coincides with a key regional summit where participants are expected to voice growing opposition to Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Mr. Hu was to meet with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and confer with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, as […]

Burma Invites ASEAN Observers to Witness Special Elections

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations says it has been invited by Burma to send a team of observers to next month’s by-elections. The regional bloc announced Tuesday the country’s new civilian government has invited a five-member observer delegate team, accompanied by three media personnel. ASEAN says separate teams of two legislators and three media […]

UN Chief Deepens Ties with ASEAN on Visit to Indonesia

Posted March 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says a recently adopted partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was the focus of talks Tuesday between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of ASEAN. Mr. Ban’s office says the meeting in Jakarta with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan dealt with disaster risk reduction and peace and security issues. They also […]

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ASEAN Secretary General Assesses Burma’s Political, Economic Reforms

Posted February 24th, 2012 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations says Burma appears committed to reforms but is far from meeting the international standards. Surin Pitsuwan’s spoke to reporters Friday during a stopover in Bangkok on the third day of his four-day visit to Burma. He said he thinks Burma’s leaders are committed to further economic […]

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Burma Ready to Begin Preparing for 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burma says it is eager to begin planning to assume the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2014. The regional bloc says Burmese Foreign Minster Maung Lwin described the preparations as “a major task” for his country during a meeting Wednesday with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan in the capital of Naypyitaw. Maung […]

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Pitsuwan: ASEAN Members Look Forward to Cambodia’s Chairmanship

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Surin Pitsuwan, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, says Cambodia can rely on the support and cooperation of its neighbors as it prepares to take over the chairmanship of the regional bloc at the end of the month. Analysts say Phnom Penh will have to juggle a variety of challenges, including ASEAN’s […]

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ASEAN Leaders Meet; Security and Burma at Forefront

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Regional leaders have approved Burma’s bid to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2014. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters the government heads agreed to the bid on the first day of their annual summit in Bali Thursday. Human rights groups and some foreign governments have opposed the bid, arguing that Burma […]

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