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ASEAN leaders to meet Myanmar coup leader amid killings


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Indonesia urges ASEAN leaders to hold summit on Myanmar coup


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Indonesia, Malaysia urge ASEAN to hold talks on Myanmar coup


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Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN summit

Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN summitFootage emerged Saturday of the moment a bomb exploded in a Bangkok mall as the city hosted a major summit, the device apparently hidden inside a cuddly toy animal. There were nine successful or attempted bomb blasts on Friday throughout Bangkok which left four wounded as the city hosted a regional summit attended by top diplomats, including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Footage showed an explosion in a shopping mall minutes from the summit venue in the early hours of Friday morning, after it was apparently planted by a man dressed in a student’s uniform about 12 hours earlier.



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Trump's ASEAN Summit Handshake May Be His Most Ridiculous Yet

Trump's ASEAN Summit Handshake May Be His Most Ridiculous YetPresident Donald Trump was thrown off by a handshake intended to kick off an international conference in the Philippines on Monday.



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China leaning on Singapore to keep ASEAN calm over South China Sea: sources

China leaning on Singapore to keep ASEAN calm over South China Sea: sourcesBy Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) – China is worried it could face fresh criticism over its actions in the South China Sea when Singapore becomes chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations next year, and is putting pressure on the city-state to make sure that doesn’t happen, according to people familiar with the situation. Diplomats say they believe that Beijing has used its influence over countries who have chaired ASEAN in the past to dilute the group’s stand on the South China Sea row, potentially one of the most volatile disputes in Asia.



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ASEAN, China adopt framework for crafting code on South China Sea

ASEAN, China adopt framework for crafting code on South China SeaBy Christian Shepherd and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) – Foreign ministers of Southeast Asia and China adopted on Sunday a negotiating framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, a move they hailed as progress but seen by critics as tactic to buy China time to consolidate its maritime power. The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea, which has mostly been ignored by claimant states, particularly China, which has built seven manmade islands in disputed waters, three of which are equipped with runways, surface-to-air missiles and radars. All parties say the framework is only an outline for how the code will be established but critics say the failure to outline as an initial objective the need to make the code legally binding and enforceable, or have a dispute resolution mechanism, raises doubts about how effective the pact will be.



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Sea dispute, N. Korea, Muslim militants top ASEAN meetings

Sea dispute, N. Korea, Muslim militants top ASEAN meetingsMANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over North Korea's missile tests, a tentative step to temper South China Sea disputes, and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants will grab the spotlight at annual meetings of Southeast Asia's top diplomats and their Asian and Western counterparts.



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Tillerson to press China and ASEAN states on North Korea in Manila

Tillerson to press China and ASEAN states on North Korea in ManilaBy David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press China and other Asian countries to take tougher action against North Korea when he attends regional meetings in Manila starting this week, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Tillerson would have the chance to engage with China’s foreign minister at the meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila, but had no plans to meet North Korea’s foreign minister there.



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Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil search

Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil searchThe Philippines tried Wednesday to reassure Southeast Asian neighbours about its proposal to partner with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea, promising to consult them on any plans. President Rodrigo Duterte has softened his predecessor’s policy opposing China’s claims — which expand to nearly the entire sea — causing alarm among neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, which also hold partial claims. On Monday Duterte said his government was in talks with China over joint drilling for natural resources in the sea, reversing years of tensions.



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