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Code of conduct needs to be more prescriptive: Indonesia

October 7, 2012 by

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JAKARTA — Indonesia Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa yesterday (September 17) called on further efforts from ASEAN member countries to make the future code of conduct on South China Sea more ambitious and prescriptive. “I’m not 100 per cent happy about the current draft of the COC,” he said. “We need to have a benchmark. […]

ASEAN backs Viet Nam bid for rights council

October 7, 2012 by

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NEW YORK — ASEAN members have pledged to support each other’s bids for seats at the United Nations, including Viet Nam’s candidacy for the 2014-16 UN Human Rights Council tenure. The bloc’s foreign ministers comfirmed the arrangement at the recent Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (IAMM), which took place on September 27 on the sidelines […]

Armed conflicts not realistic in South China Sea: experts

October 7, 2012 by

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By Thu Huong Le JAKARTA – Countries would not head into armed conflicts even as tensions in the South China Sea seem to be escalating, experts have suggested. “I think what the US and China want to avoid is for this to become another Korean Peninsula,” said Dr. Ralf Emmers, an associate professor at Nanyang […]

Concern over higher education quality as ASEAN community looms

September 30, 2012 by

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  Veterinary student Kong Sokhom (20) from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh still has two years to go until he graduates from Preak Leap National School of Agriculture. But he is filled with uncertainty about his future. Sokhom opted for veterinary science hoping to acquire high-level skills to help develop his country, one of the […]

ASEAN Economic Community to come closer in 2015

September 29, 2012 by

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BY: Nayheak KHUN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said that the ASEAN Economic Community is likely to be delayed till the end of 2015, mentioning that the Economic ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries had asked him for the delay at a meeting in late August, 2012. ASEAN’s foreign ministers in April decided that the ASEAN Economic […]

Laos to start second dam on Mekong: Experts

September 26, 2012 by

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September 13th, 2012 JAKARTA —  Laos is likely to start constructing the second dam despite claims of environmental impacts of the first dam site it has planned to build on the upper Mekong stream, International Rivers experts said Thursday.  But the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines denied the construction had begun.  Pianporn Deetes, Thailand’s campaign […]

ASEAN to play mediator against interfering powers on South China Sea: analysts

September 26, 2012 by

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Friday, Sept 21, 2012 JAKARTA – The Association of ten Southeast Asian countries should play an important mediating role in the South China Sea dispute before great powers strongly interfere in the affairs, analysts said Thursday. Experts from the Southeast Asian region met yesterday at an international seminar on security in the South Chin Sea […]

Cambodia must strengthen democracy in solving SCS Dispute

September 25, 2012 by

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By Bin Bunna September 21 2012 JAKARTA – Cambodia must strengthen democracy in resolving the South China Sea (SCS) Dispute, as the territorial wrangle between ASEAN member states and China is growing tense because Vietnam and Philippine have claimed for areas with China, said Mr. Arata B Mahapatra, Director of CASS-India on September 20 2012. […]

Tatmadaw also needs to reform: ASEAN

September 25, 2012 by

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By Nan Tin Htwe, The Myanmar Times The Tatmadaw cannot be left out of the reform process in Myanmar as the armed forces will continue to play a “very significant role” in the country’s future, a senior officer from the ASEAN Secretariat said on September 14. Mr Danny Chian Siong Lee, director of the secretariat’s […]

Course boosts knowledge on ASEAN

September 23, 2012 by

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BY SALLY PIRI JAKARTA Saturday, September 22, 2012 JOURNALISTS from ASEAN member states participated in the “Reporting on Regional Integration in Southeast Asia: History, Institutions and Policies of ASEAN” programme held in Jakarta said that it has enhanced their knowledge and understanding of ASEAN. A total of 15 participants comprised mid-career journalists from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, […]