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

US, China urged to talk to each other amid fears for regional trade, security — Radio Free Asia

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at George Washington University in Washington, Thursday, May 26, 2022, outlining the administration's policy toward China at an event hosted by the Asia Society. Credit: AP

Singapore’s prime minister warned Thursday that trade and security were being put at risk by U.S.-China tensions and urged better communication between Washington and Beijing to maintain stability and growth in Asia. “If U.S.-China relations continue on this path, it will lead to further bifurcation of technology and splitting of supply chains or even worse,

China, ASEAN to hold South China Sea code of conduct talks this month — Radio Free Asia

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China and countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will conduct face-to-face consultations on a Code of Conduct (COC) in the disputed South China Sea later this month in Cambodia, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that the consultations will be done in person “in the

China slams planned US economic framework as Biden hosts SE Asian leaders — Radio Free Asia

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Beijing has slammed the U.S.-proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), calling it an attempt by Washington to lure Southeast Asian countries to “decouple from China.” U.S. President Joe Biden has been hosting a special two-day summit with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that ends Friday. At the summit, it’s expected that the

Biden touts ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific in summit with ASEAN rulers — Radio Free Asia

President Joe Biden participates in the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit to commemorate 45 years of U.S.-ASEAN relations at the State Department in Washington,  May 13, 2022. Credit: AP

UPDATED at 7:00 P.M. EDT on 2022-05-13 U.S. President Joe Biden declared to Southeast Asian leaders on Friday that “our relationship with you is the future,” as he wound up a summit with the ASEAN bloc of nations aimed at shoring up trans-Pacific ties and countering China’s heavy influence in the region. Biden’s remarks to

US-ASEAN summit’s symbolism is its big message, analysts say — Radio Free Asia

U.S. President Joe Biden (C) taking part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Oct. 26, 2021. Credit: AFP.

The United States is highlighting its commitment to Southeast Asia by holding a leader-level summit with ASEAN members this week in Washington despite being in the midst of dealing with the Ukraine turmoil, analysts said. But Washington is not likely to present a coherent economic strategy to reduce Southeast Asia’s overreliance on China and that

ASEAN top diplomat retreat to exclude Myanmar junta envoy-host Cambodia — Radio Free Asia

ASEAN top diplomat retreat to exclude Myanmar junta envoy-host Cambodia — Radio Free Asia

” Therefore, we have actually asked Myanmar to send out a non-political agent rather. We motivate Myanmar to be represented at the retreat by a non-political figure, rather than leaving the seat empty. It is up to Myanmar to choose,” he included. The retreat is set for Feb. 16. Reported by RFAs Khmer Service and

‘Minilateral’ diplomacy in vogue amid rifts in ASEAN — Radio Free Asia

A China Coast Guard ship is seen from an Indonesian Naval ship during a patrol north of Natuna island, Indonesia, Jan. 11, 2020.  Credit: Antara Foto via Reuters.

” I do not believe that minilateralism will be as destructive to ASEAN as some may believe. Foster brotherhood. Distinctions with ASEAN have actually been on display screen in current weeks over Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen radical effort to solve the crisis in Myanmar. Recently he lashed out against his Malaysian equivalent for slamming

Cambodia’s Hun Sen hits back at Malaysian FM for criticizing Myanmar strategy — Radio Free Asia

Cambodia’s Hun Sen hits back at Malaysian FM for criticizing Myanmar strategy — Radio Free Asia

Cambodian Prime Minister and ASEAN chair Hun Sen, in a phone call with Indonesias president on Friday, blasted Malaysias foreign minister for being “arrogant” by criticizing Phnom Penhs technique to deal with Myanmar. Malaysias top diplomat, Saifuddin Abdullah, told press reporters recently that Hun Sen need to have sought advice from with other leaders from

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