Asean News

Thai defence chief discusses border dispute

A goodwill delegation led by General Prawit Wongsuwan, deputy prime minister and defence minister of Thailand, held talks with President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting mainly focused on Myanmar migrant workers’ affairs, promoting bilateral trade and solving border disputes.

Military chief meets Thai counterpart, praises bond

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, met his counterpart General Sommai Kaotira from Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw on February 3.

They discussed election issues, the military’s role in securing stability, training, sending recruits for lessons in agricultural and livestock breeding and increasing the relationship with the Thai armed forces, military sources said.

AEC will build peace and stability: secretary general

Establishing the Asean Economic Community (AEC) will enhance peace and stability within the region, according to Le Luong Minh, secretary general of the association.

“Asean will unite on political, economic and social issues now members share strong beliefs and perspectives. The people share friendships and want peace and stability in the region. We will experience opportunities and riches by joining together with the rest of the world,” said the secretary general.

The AEC will start on December 31.

Myanmar migrant workers recreate murder of Thai student


Four Myanmar migrant workers re-enacted the the killing of a Thai student on October 27, according to Min Oo, a member of the Myanmar Embassy’s Special Investigation Team.

The arrest of the Myanmar migrant workers in connection with the murder of the Thai student in Ranong has sparked concerns among other Myanmar workers in Thailand.

AEC unfinished with four months until launch

Preparations for the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) remain incomplete at a time when there is only four months left before its implementation.

The AEC is one of three pillars of the Asean Community, which also includes the Asean Political-Security Community (APSC) and the Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). The AEC is scheduled for establishment by December 31, 2015.