ASEAN should put aside their differing national interests and act in unity in making concerted efforts, in light of the power rivalry in the region.
Thailand and Singapore have been at the forefront of linking domestic fast payment systems across borders. Their first-of-its-kind ASEAN cross-border linkage provides a blueprint for connecting real-time payment infrastructure across the region.
As technology advances and disrupts traditional industries, countries around the world are racing to adapt and seize the opportunities presented by this new era.
Dubbed the “plastics treaty,” the UN Environment Assembly agreed last year to push for the pact that seeks to address marine debris through regular debate on possible solutions and frameworks, and by solving contentions.
Jakarta would lose credibility if state-owned companies were shown to have peddled arms to Myanmar while its diplomats championed the immediate cessation of violence.
There has been much talk and hardly any action to tackle the perennial problem of transboundary haze pollution.
On the back of the high expectations toward Indonesia’s ASEAN chairmanship, the summit had to deal with the unresolved crisis in Myanmar and the heightening tension in the South China Sea, among other issues.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday pleaded with the world’s big powers to “strengthen cooperation, not sharpen rivalries.”
In its criticism of China’s responses, the Japanese government kept to a restrained approach, describing the responses as “uncommon actions.”
ASEAN countries must take this recurring issue more seriously as their leaders meet in Jakarta this week.
Southeast Asian leaders were holding meetings with top US, Chinese and Japanese officials in Indonesia on Wednesday, where big power rivalries and regional issues from the South China Sea to North Korean missiles were on the table.
Last week, China released a map on its Natural Resources Ministry website, in which it claimed a massive proportion of the already-disputed South China Sea, while extending its controversial “nine-dash line” into ten lines.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia this week, Beijing said on Wednesday as it seeks to build ties in the region.