Tag: Asean

Thailand’s Pan-Asia bullet train routes to connect Beijing and Singapore

Bangkok—Thailand has begun constructing routes for its planned Trans-Asean bullet train line that will connect Beijing, Laos, and Singapore. The proposed modern transport system is part of the government's plan to make Thailand the logistics centre for ASEAN. The railway project is part of...

Awkward ASEAN photo op: PM Lee struggles to reach Duterte

The 34th ASEAN Summit was held in Bangkok on Sunday, June 23. During the opening ceremonies, the 10 leaders of ASEAN countries lined up onstage for photos and the traditional ASEAN handshake. According to a report from Rappler, PM Lee stood beside Philippine president Duterte...

U.S., China should prevent “military incidents” in South China Sea

By Anbound Malaysia In a recent development of the tensions in the South China Sea, Australian navy helicopter pilots claimed Chinese fishing boats hit them with laser beams during a recent Indo-Pacific Endeavour military exercise. Observers accompanying the choppers in the military exercise suspected the laser...

China-led trade pact RCEP gets support from Southeast Asian leaders

by Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI / Dene CHEN Southeast Asian leaders gathered in Bangkok on Saturday determined to drive forward the world's largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China clouding the outlook for their export-led economies. Disputes in the flashpoint South China Sea,...

Heng Swee Keat: Countries should work closely together to build a more peaceful and prosperous world

Singapore—Ahead of the Finance Minister’s first May Day Rally speech, Heng Swee Keat emphasised the importance of international cooperation to ensure a good future and to build a better world. On Sunday, April 28, Mr Heng spoke to around 100 delegates at the welcome dinner...

PM Lee: ASEAN may have to choose sides in US-China standoff

As this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit came to an end on Thursday, November 15, Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore said that there may come a time when the ASEAN may have to choose between the United States...

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau traces Singaporean roots, says, “I wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for multiculturalism”

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s popular Prime Minister, is in Singapore this week to attend the 33rd Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. On Thursday, November 15, Trudeau paid a visit to Fort Canning and took photos with the memorial plaque of  Esther Farquhar Bernard,...

Mahathir, US VP Pence, other leaders at ASEAN take Aung San Suu Kyi to task over Rohingya crisis

Different world leaders are taking both direct and indirect approaches in addressing the Rohingya crisis to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr. Tun Mahathir Mohammad was the first to criticize Suu Kyi’s government’s handling of the Rohingya Muslims, saying on Tuesday,...

Philippine President Duterte skips six ASEAN summits because of ‘power naps’

Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, has skipped six out of eleven meetings so far at the ASEAN summit week in Singapore. Duterte’s absence sent rumors once again concerning the Philippine leader’s health, although his spokesperson was quick to assure the public that...

Putin in Singapore for ASEAN: what it means to the region

Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Singapore this week for a state visit and in order to attend the summit of Russia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS). Read related: Tightest security lockdown at Suntec as Asean Summit comes to town This is the...