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Asian leaders see need for unity amid disputes

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

Southeast Asian defense leaders pointed to Russia’s recent annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula as one example of why the Pacific nations must be more unified in the face of territorial disputes, US officials said on Thursday at the close of a three-day meeting.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Asean-China groups keep friendship hopes alive

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ASEAN leaders hold hands for a photo session of Japan-ASEAN Commemorative Summit at Akasaka State Guesthouse in Tokyo on December 13, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

Despite the constant bickering of Southeast Asian and Chinese leaders over territorial issues, China-Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) friendship organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to promote, deepen and strengthen “mutual exchanges and cooperation.”

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Japan, ASEAN strike deal

Asean-Japan Summit Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations lock arms during the 40th Asean-Japan Commemorative Summit on Saturday at the Main Garden of the Akasaka State Guest House. They are (from left): Thein Sein (Burma), Benigno Aquino III (Philippines), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore),  Nguyen Tan Dung (Vietnam), Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), Shinzo Abe (Japan), Hun Sen (Cambodia), Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Indonesia), Thongsing Thammavong (Laos), Najib Razak (Malaysia) and Pracha Promnok representing Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand). INQSnap this page to view more photos! MALACAÑANG PHOTO

Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries on Saturday pledged to cooperate in ensuring freedom of navigation during a summit overshadowed by concerns over China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

Posted: December 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino: Philippines to rise from ‘Yolanda’ destruction

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A survivor of “Yolanda” breaks into a smile of relief as she welcomes a care package from President Aquino at the Palo municipal hall in Leyte province. The President visited areas devastated by the supertyphoon a week ago to reassure victims of government support. FILE PHOTO

An optimistic President Aquino declared on Thursday, that the country would be able to rise from the human and economic tragedy wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), which flattened central Philippines in November, and other calamities that struck the country this year.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino flies to Tokyo for ASEAN-Japan summit

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President Benigno Aquino III.  AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III, along with six Cabinet members, left Manila early on Thursday for a summit meeting with Japan and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

ASEAN moves to help relief operations in areas hit by Yolanda

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Asean secretary-general Le Luong Minh AP FILE PHOTO

The Association of Southeast Nations has offered its support to the Philippine government following the devastation wrought by “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) over the weekend.

Posted: November 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino to attend 9 meetings in Asean summit, none with China

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President Benigno Aquino III  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Aquino is set to attend nine meetings at the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Brunei next week but has arranged no bilateral discussions with China, which has occupied Scarborough Shoal and lays claim on Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Speed up code, Kerry urges China, Asean

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for a press conference at the Asean meeting in the International Conference Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Monday. AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged China and its Asian neighbors to resolve their territorial disputes over the South China Sea as swiftly as possible.

Posted: September 29th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UN chief hails Filipino peacekeepers

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  AP FILE PHOTO

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commended Philippine peacekeepers for staying put in the Golan Heights despite two incidents of abduction, where Filipino troops were taken earlier this year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday.

Posted: September 29th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Time to think Asean

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JUNE TAGUIWALO (second from right, back row), with classmates from Chulalongkorn University. Contributed photo

June Taguiwalo was born in a military camp in 1984. At that time, her mother, student activist (now university professor) Judy Taguiwalo, was incarcerated at Camp Crame for resisting the Marcos dictatorship.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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