China accelerates global campaign to sway foreign media — Radio Free Asia

Journalists take photos outside a location identified in early 2020 as a re-education facility, which the Chinese government asserts is home to a veterans’ affairs bureau and other offices, in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, during a trip organized by the government for foreign journalists, April 22, 2021. Credit: AP Photo

China is intensifying its campaign to influence and manipulate news and information worldwide, and using an array of tools to project a positive image of itself abroad, a U.S.-based watchdog group said in a report released Thursday. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia were vulnerable to Beijing’s influence campaigns from early 2019 through the end

ASEAN 6 GDP Growth Rate (First Half 2022) | ASEAN 6 Real GDP Growth Rate | Facts Nerd

ASEAN 6 GDP Growth Rate 2022 ASEAN 6 GDP Growth Rate – First Half 2022 ASEAN 6 Real GDP Growth Rate ASEAN 6 is comprised of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. In this video, you’re going to see the actual GDP Growth Rate of ASEAN 6 economies in the first half of

Japan to face challenges in ASEAN ties as tensions over Taiwan grow

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi attends an ASEAN foreign ministerial meeting in Phnom Penh on Thursday. | KYODO

PHNOM PENH – Japan’s diplomacy with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is expected to face future challenges after tensions over Taiwan were laid bare at a series of meetings through Friday involving the group, known for its principle of neutrality toward major powers, and its dialogue partners. Southeast Asia is regarded as

Japan’s top envoy promises Tokyo will help ASEAN with Myanmar issue

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi meets with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Saturday.  | CAMBODIA'S GOVERNMENT CABINET / VIA AFP-JIJI

PHNOM PENH – Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Saturday pledged to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that Japan will support efforts by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to improve the situation in junta-controlled Myanmar. During their meeting in Phnom Penh, Hayashi expressed “serious concern” about executions of four Myanmar people, including two pro-democracy activists,

Families of Myanmar’s death row inmates live in fear of execution — Radio Free Asia

From left: Activists Ko Jimmy, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw were executed by the Myanmar junta in late July. Credit: RFA

The families of 77 political activists sentenced to death by Myanmar’s military junta say they live in fear that their loved ones will be executed without warning after the military regime hanged four prominent prisoners of conscience. Frustration with the junta boiled over last week after it put to death veteran democracy activist Ko Jimmy

ASEAN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as China launches missile exercises around Taiwan — Radio Free Asia

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during the ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Meetings and Related Meetings, Aug. 4, 2022. Credit: Pool/AP

Southeast Asian nations called for “maximum restraint” as China launched ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan on Thursday, while Western nations urged Beijing not to escalate tensions further after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi – who was in Cambodia’s capital for meetings with counterparts from ASEAN

China skips foreign minister talks with Japan at ASEAN-linked Cambodia meet

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks during the ASEAN-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Phnom Penh on Thursday. | AFP-JIJI

Beijing – China has decided not to hold a foreign ministers meeting with Japan on the fringes of ASEAN-related gatherings in Phnom Penh on Thursday, the Chinese government said, describing it as fallout from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a news briefing that

ASEAN ratchets up criticism of Myanmar junta as Russian FM visits Naypyidaw — Radio Free Asia

Long lines of vehicles wait at a filling station in Yangon, April 19, 2022. Credit: AP Photo

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ratcheted up its criticism of member state Myanmar’s junta on Wednesday, as Russia’s top diplomat visited Naypyidaw despite international outrage of the regime’s execution of four prominent democracy activists. In a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh on

Myanmar junta to extend emergency rule into 2023

Myanmar junta to extend emergency rule into 2023

Issued on: 01/08/2022 – 08:03 The head of Myanmar’s junta on Monday blamed instability for stalling efforts to implement a peace plan agreed with other Southeast Asian countries as he extended emergency rule for another six months. The junta first declared a state of emergency after seizing power from the elected government of Aung San

In rare rebuke, ASEAN scorches Myanmar for ‘highly reprehensible’ executions — Radio Free Asia

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (right) and the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, attend a press conference at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, July 26, 2022. Credit: Handout photo from Malaysia's Department of Information via AP Photo

UPDATED 5.10 P.M. EDT on 2022-7-26 ASEAN on Tuesday issued its harshest criticism of the Burmese junta yet, calling Myanmar’s execution of four political prisoners “highly reprehensible” and saying it displayed “a gross lack of will” to return the member-state to normalcy. Malaysia, an outspoken member of the Southeast Asian bloc, separately called their killings

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