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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — The United States and China wrestled for influence in Southeast Asia on Wednesday as regional leaders opened an annual summit where the Chinese looked to take advantage of the absence of U.S. President ...
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — The United States and China wrestled for influence in Southeast Asia on Wednesday as regional leaders opened an annual summit where the Chinese looked to take advantage of the absence of U.S. President Barack Obama to showcase their rising global clout.
about 7 hours ago
The appointment of Myanmar to ASEAN's chairmanship is meant to reward the former pariah's transformation since its military junta turned over power to an elected government two years ago, and some are hopeful that putting the spotlight o...
The appointment of Myanmar to ASEAN's chairmanship is meant to reward the former pariah's transformation since its military junta turned over power to an elected government two years ago, and some are hopeful that putting the spotlight on Myanmar will serve as further incentive for reform. Last week, smoke and flames rose once again from the twisted wreckage of charred Muslim homes and mosques ransacked by machete-wielding Buddhist mobs, this time in Thandwe in western Rakhine state, where five people were killed — one of them a 94-year-old Muslim woman who was too frail to flee. "More than 250,000 people have been forcibly displaced from their homes in the last two years, wartime abuses continue, and there is an ongoing campaign of 'ethnic cleansing' of Muslim communities, creating a regional refugee crisis," he said. Myanmar will be officially appointed head of ASEAN, which aims to promote regional economic development and cooperation, in a handover ceremony in Brunei on Thursday, but it will not take up its duties until Jan. 1. [...] Yan Myo, a Yangon-based political analyst, said that since Myanmar's "leaders cannot yet solve their own domestic problems ... it is questionable how (they) can take the regional leadership role." Myanmar has responded to international concerns so far in at least making the right gestures over human rights, such as freeing political prisoners before Thein Sein makes high-profile visits abroad, said Panitan Wattanayagorn, an international relations specialist at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.
about 8 hours ago
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday arrived here for the ASEAN summit and will hold discussions on crucial bilateral and regional issues.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday arrived here for the ASEAN summit and will hold discussions on crucial bilateral and regional issues.
about 9 hours ago
BANDAR SERI BAGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territoria...
BANDAR SERI BAGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
about 12 hours ago
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week, once ...
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week, once official notifications have been made to all interested parties.
about 13 hours ago
Kerry, in Brunei, presses China, smaller neighbors on maritime security in South China Sea
Kerry, in Brunei, presses China, smaller neighbors on maritime security in South China Sea
about 13 hours ago
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders opened an annual summit with Asia-Pacific counterparts on Wednesday, a gathering where China was expected to take advantage of the absence of the U.S. president to showcase its r...
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders opened an annual summit with Asia-Pacific counterparts on Wednesday, a gathering where China was expected to take advantage of the absence of the U.S. president to showcase its rising global clout and promote trade yet still talk tough on regional territorial disputes.
about 14 hours ago
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders opened an annual summit with Asia-Pacific counterparts on Wednesday, a gathering where China was expected to take advantage of the absence of the U.S. president to showcase its r...
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders opened an annual summit with Asia-Pacific counterparts on Wednesday, a gathering where China was expected to take advantage of the absence of the U.S. president to showcase its rising global clout and promote trade yet still talk tough on regional territorial disputes. President Barack Obama was forced to cancel a four-nation swing through Southeast Asia, including attendance at the ASEAN meeting and an earlier summit in Bali, Indonesia, to grapple with a budget deadlock that sparked a partial shutdown of the U.S. government. Chinese and Philippine diplomats squabbled Tuesday over the wording of a paragraph on the territorial rifts in a joint statement to be issued by Chinese and ASEAN leaders after they meet on Wednesday, two Filipino diplomats told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.
about 14 hours ago
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left on a four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia during which he will attend ASEAN summit.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left on a four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia during which he will attend ASEAN summit.
about 15 hours ago
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday left on a four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia as India seeks to expand its ties with Southeast Asia in all spheres, including economic, trade, security, c...
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday left on a four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia as India seeks to expand its ties with Southeast Asia in all spheres, including economic, trade, security, c...
about 15 hours ago