The current and future role of Asean has recently been discussed among academic scholars, political analysts and Asean leaders.
There are rifts within the Duterte administration on how Manila should handle its dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea. At the same time, writes Ian Story, China continues to object to US freedom of navigation operations in the maritime area.
As global stakeholders, the EU and Asean have the responsibility to advance the international rules-based order and preserve their ‘global commons’.
South China Sea, the Korean peninsula and human rights in Myanmar on top of APPF.
The Ministry of Water Resources informs fishermen, and coastal travelers and soldiers, to be wary of incoming storms.
Tensions in the South China Sea have somewhat abated but the latent flashpoint remains. In mid-October 2018, a near collision took place between a US and Chinese warship.
Asia-Pacific leaders will join the heads of Southeast Asian states this week in Singapore.
China’s more robust response to America’s most recent freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the Spratly Islands is a clear demonstration of how the intensification of Sino-US rivalry is increasingly being played out in the heart of maritime Southeast Asia.
The US Navy will continue operate wherever national interests demand, says Pence.
Operations by Japanese and British warships to assert freedom of navigation rights in the South China Sea have been criticized by Beijing as destabilizing and provocative.
The power shifts are real and Asean needs to adjust to survive and stay relevant.
Many Asean countries adopting a “push back” strategy against Beijing’s unilateral expansion in the region.
Japan is now in the process of expanding its security presence in the Bay of Bengal, in some ways as an extension of existing security cooperation programmes in the South China Sea.
The recent 51st Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Singapore saw progress on the South China Sea issue.
SEA and China agree to continue negotiations over South China Sea dispute.
ASEAN-China plan to conduct a joint naval exercise “is very important”, says Cayetano.
Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is set to reconfigure geopolitical realities in Asean by posturing Japan as the third force, writes Sathish Govind.
Asean member states expressed regional security concerns over the Korean peninsula.
Chief Chinese diplomat Wang Yi highlighted a sharp contrast: a “very successful and smooth” 10+3 session and a 10+8 session that displayed “some negative tendencies”.
The Foreign Minister said that Asean member states expressed their concerns about the Korean peninsula, South China Sea and US-China trade war which are threatening the regional security.
Manila will readily support the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ strategy in the context of enhancing its defence ties with the United States as the Duterte administration tries to balance its relations with China, writes Christian Vicedo.
Asean now faces far more serious challenges in maintaining a central role in securing its own maritime spaces.
As floods hit major provinces of the country, the authorities are preparing for a new storm brewing in the South China Sea, officials said yesterday.
The ongoing South China Sea (SCS) conflict is nerve-racking.
China’s navy carries out drills in the South China Sea.
A Philippine judge calls to bring China to court for violating the UN Convention.
US Lieutenant General and director of the Joint Staff Kenneth McKenzie, says the US military has had a lot of experience in the West Pacific taking down small islands and that doing so is a core competency of the US military.
US Defense Secretar says the US continue to confront China’s “militarisation”.
Two US Navy warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by China.
Ever since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, and implemented a series of policies designed to reduce friction with Beijing in the Spratly Islands in return for Chinese investment, Vietnam has become the frontline state among the Southeast Asian claimants in the South China Sea.