A common currency in Asean will benefit citizens: Jakarta Post contributor

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – It’s fair to say there exists a level of social and economic inequality within Asean. Following the 1997 Asian currency crisis that exposed Asean’s vulnerability to cross-border capital flows, the region has undergone a significant transformation from a bloc of mostly underdeveloped and developing countries to one with […]

Malaysia urges Asean to engage Myanmar shadow govt, review consensus agreement

BANGKOK – Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah has again urged Asean to engage with Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) to help resolve the country’s political crisis, after hosting a meeting with the shadow government’s leaders on Monday . Speaking alongside NUG’s minister of human rights Aung Myo Min and minister of communications, information and technology […]

Malaysia urges Asean to ‘buck up’ in enforcing Myanmar peace plan

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Monday called on the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) to act more urgently in its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and spur a peace process in junta-ruled Myanmar. The 10-nation bloc has been pushing Myanmar’s military rulers to follow a peace “consensus” they agreed to […]

Mitsubishi Corporation Announces the Closing of AIGF II Small and Mid-cap Growth Fund in ASEAN

TOKYO, Aug 26, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is pleased to announce the final closing of AIGF II LP (AIGF II) with total capital commitments of 17.3 billion yen from institutional investors both in and outside Japan. AIGF II is the second fund established by MC’s wholly owned subsidiary AIGF […]

A future-proof and forward-looking Asean economic community: Jakarta Post contributor

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – As we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of Asean today, it is worth reflecting on the extraordinary journey the association has embarked on over the past 55 years. The transformation of South-east Asia has been nothing short of remarkable. The founding of Asean in 1967 ushered in […]

Time for the world to react to the junta’s brutal force: Jakarta Post contributors

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The brutal execution of four pro-democracy activists without fair trials sent a frightening message to the world community that the military regime in Myanmar is defying all international and regional norms despite constant appeals for restraint by the international community and Asean. Resolution on a global scale must […]

Limited progress in Myanmar peace plan leaves Asean ministers ‘deeply disappointed’

PHNOM PENH – Asean foreign ministers have registered their disappointment that plans to resolve the political crisis in Myanmar have hardly made progress, amid a lack of commitment by the country’s authorities to implement a peace plan. The ministers, in a joint communique issued on Friday (Aug 5), also proposed that Asean leaders at their summit […]

Asean ‘deeply disappointed’ by limited progress in Myanmar peace plan

PHONM PENH (REUTERS) – South-east Asia’s regional bloc Asean is “deeply disappointed” by the limited progress made by Myanmar’s military rulers in implementing a peace agreement to end the conflict in the country, a communique issued by its foreign ministers said. The communique on Friday (Aug 5) recommended that the Association of South-east Asian Nations […]

ASEAN ministers warn Taiwan tensions could spark ‘open conflicts’

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Southeast Asian foreign ministers urged restraint on Thursday (Aug 4) as China readied massive military drills off Taiwan, warning the situation risked spiralling into “open conflicts”. Beijing is planning its biggest-ever exercises around Taiwan in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island. Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after […]

Asean will have to rethink peace plan if Myanmar conducts more executions, says Cambodian PM

PHNOM PENH – Asean will be forced to rethink peace plans made with Myanmar if the country’s military rulers conduct more executions of prisoners, Cambodian Prime Minister and Asean chair Hun Sen said on Wednesday (Aug 3). The regional bloc recently condemned the execution of four activists by Myanmar’s military and has since last year been […]

Asean ‘denounces’ execution of 4 activists in Myanmar

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) – Asean “denounces and is strongly disappointed by” the Myanmar junta’s execution of four activists, Asean chair Cambodia said in a statement on Tuesday (July 26). The executions went ahead despite appeals by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, in his capacity as Asean Chair, for the sentences to be reconsidered, the statement said. It […]

After G-20 summit, Jokowi should shift focus to Myanmar: Jakarta Post contributor

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The upcoming Group of 20 (G-20) Summit, which will be held in Bali in early November, has been sapping the energy and attention of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, especially after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, which has directly impacted the course of the […]