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Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

Burma’s failed promise

By Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:23PM UTC Comments Off Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

Burma’s path to democracy, born in considerable hope when the generals’ junta agreed to political reforms in 2011 and released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, is in depressing danger of failure. ...

Philippines businesses seek clear policies ahead of ASEAN integration

By Wed, Aug 20, 2014 10:11AM UTC Comments Off ASEAN memebrs Philippines and Thailand are two of the worlds top canned tuna producers.Pic by Edwin Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - Businessmen from all over Mindanao are seeking clear cut government policies on five major agenda as the country prepares for economic integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015....

ASEAN lawmakers blast human rights commission

By Fri, Jun 27, 2014 11:07AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

A group of Southeast Asian lawmakers has issued a blistering statement saying the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ human rights commission has failed to bring any discernible improvement to or provide any protection for basic rights since its inception in 2009 and must be radically changed to strengthen its independence....

China tensions top ASEAN summit talks in Burma

By Mon, May 12, 2014 11:14AM UTC Comments Off

NAYPYIDAW, Burma (AP) — Concerns over China's aggressive behavior in the South China Sea top the agenda in the first regional summit hosted by Burma, which is hoping to demonstrate the progress it's made since emerging from a half-century of brutal military rule....

Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s natural leader?

By Sun, Apr 06, 2014 11:23AM UTC Comments Off The flags of ASEAN nations. Pic: Asia Sentinel.

There is an opportunity for Indonesia to emerge as the region’s principal, if it chooses so writes Khanh Vu Duc and Duvien Tran for Asia Sentinel. For the first time in the 45-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the summit held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a joint statement was not issued. At the...

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