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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...

Southeast Asia struggles to maintain legitimacy

By Mon, Feb 10, 2014 11:17AM UTC Comments Off Southeast Asia struggles to maintain legitimacy

If no one agrees to the rules, it’s hard to play the game. This is increasingly true in Southeast Asia’s various democratic or semi-democratic states, most acutely now in Thailand, but the dynamic is evident in Malaysia, Cambodia and even Indonesia....

Japan, SE Asia fete 40 years of ties, eye China

By Sat, Dec 14, 2013 10:53AM UTC Comments Off Japan, SE Asia fete 40 years of ties, eye China

TOKYO (AP) — Southeast Asian nations are hoping Japan and China will mend their frayed ties, to help minimize the risk of tensions flaring into conflict in the region, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Friday. “It must be said that good relations between China and Japan are critical to the future of our region,”...

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