Southeast Asia should use the sway of its shared market of 650 million people and speak with ‘one voice’ to ensure it is treated fairly in an age of protectionism, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Saturday as leaders gathered for a regional summit.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told representatives of some Asian countries that others never protect our countries and will not provide us with security, advising Asian countries to respect each other if they want others to do so.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has failed to condemn member state Myanmar for its massive purge of Rohingya Muslims from the country despite calls from rights campaigners and other members that the massacres and atrocities against the minority group should not go unnoticed.
Southeast Asian leaders are determined to continue plans with a China-drafted commercial deal, which is expected to be signed by the end of this year, amid a bitter trade dispute between the US and China.
Iran on Thursday officially joined a friendship treaty with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in a move which could lead to broader economic cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the organization’s member states.
Manufacturing conditions across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) improved at a quicker pace at the start of the second quarter, according to the headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) compiled by IHS Markit.
Iranian fencers have emerged the champion of the 2018 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) University Fencing Championship, having received 17 medals, including five gold ones, at the international tournament.
After two days of ceremonious meetings, Southeast Asian leaders missed the bullseye in talks about two major human rights issues affecting their region: Myanmar's handling of the Rohingya crisis and the Philippines' bloody campaign against illegal drug traffickers.