Asean News

Mekong projects must take impact on environment into account


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may have been wrong when he said his government would clear the waterway for navigation in the Mekong River for the benefit of Thailand, suggesting that nobody should oppose this project.

‘Protect wildlife’ poster campaign carried out in Mandalay

Mandalay: The Department of Forestry of Mandalay carried out a wildlife-protection poster campaign around the city on January 16.

Together with retired officials from the forestry department, the Sein Yaung So environmental conservation group hung posters at locations such as car gates, Gaw Won and Taung Thaman, and U Pein bridge.

The posters featured slogans such as “Meals cooked from wildlife are not sold here,” “No selling of wildlife products”, and “This car/vessel doesn’t carry wildlife or its products”.

Suu Kyi hopes Myanmar’s economy will surpass Singapore’s within 20 years

Myanmar’s State Counsellor has set a lofty goal for the nation – Myanmar’s economy could be ahead of Singapore’s within the next 20 years, Aung San Suu Kyi told an audience on Wednesday.

Suu Kyi was speaking at the IE Singapore’s Global Conversation Conference during her three-day official visit to Singapore.

ASEAN foods whet appetites at culinary festival

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Korea Center in Seoul hosted its annual culinary fair last week, bringing Southeast Asia’s diverse, distinct foods to the Korean public that has become increasingly drawn to the region’s gastronomic and touristic attractions.

The event, titled the “ASEAN Culinary Festival 2016,” was held at COEX in Seoul from Wednesday to Saturday. It showcased 30 signature dishes and beverages from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which were prepared by top chefs from the 10 countries, many of whom flew to Korea for the event.

Suu Kyi set to discuss US sanctions

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi may discuss with US President Barack Obama the possible lifting of sanctions ahead of her visit to the United Nations in New York this month, said

Suu Kyi calls for global support for peace

State Counsellor Aung San Suu 

Asean quiet on South China Sea ruling

The Asean leaders have left out any mention of the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in July that rejected Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea from their joint statement.

Japan vows ongoing support


Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Asean summits in Vientiane, Laos.

Abe had to wait for nearly 30 minutes for their meeting as she was attending the 19th Asean-China Summit.

Aung San Suu Kyi returns from Laos

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived back at Yangon International Airport on July 27 after attending the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related events in Vientiane.

She participated in discussions about Asean Connectivity for 2025, which concentrated on physical, institutional and personal links. 

Chile, Egypt, Iran and Morocco signed the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with Asean. 

Asean+3 foreign ministers discuss regional peace in Vientiane


The 6th East Asian foreign ministers’ meeting was held at the national convention centre in Vientiane, where foreign ministers focused on six main areas—finance, education, environment and energy, global health and infectious diseases, natural disaster management and relations among East Asian countries.