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2009-03-01 06:15:16

Southeast Asian nations along with Australia and New Zealand have concluded a landmark free-trade agreement in Thailand, participants say. Canberra, Wellington and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian countries Sunday signed the ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, which could be worth more than $40 billion for the Australian economy over 20 years, the Malaysian news agency Bernama reported. The 10 ASEAN nations include Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia,...

2008-08-11 09:01:31

ASEAN+3 to jointly study preparation of oil stockpiling roadmap BANGKOK, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- ASEAN member countries (AMEM) plus 3 (China, Japan, and South Korea) has agreed to jointly study the preparation work for a regional oil stockpiling plan to prevent shortages and reduce impacts of oil price surges in the future during the 26th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting held here. Thai Energy Minister Poonpirom Liptapanlop said Thailand had pushed for a basic connection of energy sources...

2008-08-06 15:00:49

By Yuthana Praiwan, Bangkok Post, Thailand Aug. 6--Southeast Asian countries and Japan are conducting a regional power development plan aimed at securing energy supply for the region in the future, according to Dr Twarath Sutabutr, director of the Energy Ministry's Policy and Strategy Co-ordination Office. The plan, being considered by senior energy officials from Asean and Japan, would focus on the demand and supply in Southeast Asia from this year to 2030. The plan is scheduled...

2006-08-25 06:22:02

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States and 10 Southeast Asian nations signed a trade and investment agreement on Friday that opens the door to possible free-trade talks. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab signed the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in Malaysia with the 10 member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). "The can-do spirit of the members of ASEAN reflects the can-do spirit we are so proud of in the United...

2006-08-25 00:33:19

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States and 10 Southeast Asian nations signed a trade and investment agreement on Friday that opens the door to possible free-trade talks. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab signed the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in Malaysia with the 10 member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). "The can-do spirit of the members of ASEAN reflects the can-do spirit we are so proud of in the United States," Schwab told...

2006-07-25 08:16:59

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations urged North Korea on Tuesday to rejoin six-party talks this week to resolve fears over its nuclear ambitions, offering to play host. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) wants the six parties -- the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia -- to renew stalled talks on the fringe of an ASEAN-sponsored global security forum in Malaysia on Friday. "We urge them to get together," Malaysian...

2006-07-24 21:15:56

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A summit of Southeast Asian states called for closer economic integration on Tuesday, a day after global trade talks collapsed. Malaysia's prime minister, who chairs the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), told foreign ministers from the group's 10 member states that the region had no choice but to forge tighter economic bonds and develop a regional community. "We have to become a true community because we cannot change our geography," Abdullah...

2006-04-28 02:19:15

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Philippine foreign secretary said on Friday he expected to visit military-ruled Myanmar in June for talks with its leaders and hoped to meet democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Alberto Romulo said he would use the trip, designed to focus on bilateral matters, to remind Myanmar of the need to speed up its democratic reforms. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), a group known for its emphasis on consensus, has shown rare displeasure in...

2006-03-30 00:31:32

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Neighbours China and India must coax Myanmar to hasten democratic reform, ASEAN's chief said on Thursday, after an envoy from the Southeast Asian grouping failed to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week. Frustrated by Myanmar's glacial pace toward reform, and under pressure to do something about its most awkward member, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) sent Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar on a mission there. Ong Ken...

2006-01-16 05:42:33

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Christopher Hill welcomed Southeast Asian nations' efforts to push Myanmar's military rulers toward democracy when he met Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Monday, U.S. embassy officials said. The United States has led growing international opposition to Myanmar over the past two years, tightening sanctions against Yangon and branding it an "outpost of tyranny" for its house arrest of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Hill told Syed...


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