Asean News

Aung San Suu Kyi in international discussions over Rakhine

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held separate meetings about the Rakhine issue with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the 31st Asean Summit.

Trudeau says humanitarian aid not tied to Rakhine issue

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he will provide effective humanitarian aid to Myanmar without laying any blame for Rakhine issue.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been in the Philippines to attend the 31st Asean Summit and related meetings, held a press conference the World Trade Center in Manila on November 14.

Asean has to stay united and credible, says Prime Minister Lee

MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN) - This is especially for issues of regional and international corcern, including North Korea and the South China Sea, he says.

Asean must stay united and credible on issues of regional and international concern such as North Korea and the South China Sea, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday (Nov 13).

10 new projects in precision engineering, part of transformation of sector

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - This is part of the Budget 2016's package aimed at giving companies industry-specific help in order to digitalise, invest in new technologies and prepare workers for the future.

A roadmap to transform Singapore's precision engineering sector and build more smart factories has helped kick-start 10 projects since its launch last October.

Thai farmers demand removal of rubber authority board members

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Large-scale protests in Bangkok averted after ‘attitude adjustments’.

Representatives of rubber farmers yesterday demanded that the governor and all board members of the Thai Rubber Authority (TRA) be dismissed over falling rubber prices.

Wreaths were also laid at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in a symbolic protest against the TRA’s leaderships.

Asean stands by Suu Kyi regarding Rohingya crisis

PHILIPPINES  (The Nation/ANN) - Indonesia expresses concern but Myanmar spared serious criticism over humanitarian situation.

Asean has expressed solidarity with the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in promoting humanitarian assistance to ease tensions and conflict in Rakhine state, rather than issuing a critical statement over Myanmar’s handling of the Rohingya crisis.

Opening of 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings held in Manila


The opening ceremony of 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings were held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines at 8.30 LST on November 13.

State Counsellor delivers at Asean Business and Investment Summit

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivered an address at Asean Business and Investment Summit in Manila, the Philippines on Sunday afternoon.
The ABIS was organised by the Asean Business Advisory Council and it took place at Solaire hotel.

Myanmar signs Asean-Hong Kong free-trade agreement

Myanmar, as a member of Asean, on November 12 signed a free-trade agreement between the bloc and Hong Kong-China.

Kyaw Win, Minister for Planning and Finance, signed the document on behalf of Myanmar at a ceremony at the 31st Asean summit in Manila, the Philippines.

The agreement sets out principles to guide trade and investment between the nations.  

It could open up fair trade opportunities for members, said Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development.

Duterte: South China Sea dispute is ‘better left untouched’

The territorial dispute among the Philippines, China and other claimants of the South China Sea “is better left untouched,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday.

“Today China is the number one economic powerhouse, and we have to be friends. The other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world for so many issues,” Duterte said during his speech at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) business and investment summit (ABIS) and the launch of the Asean Mentors for Entrepreneurship Network (Amen).