Four claimants to parts of the disputed South China Sea are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean): the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam. And yet, after its countless year-round meetings, Asean has issued nothing but vapid, hollow and repetitive statements on China’s continued expansionism in and militarization of the disputed area.

Around 48 officials from relevant agencies in ASEAN Member States (AMS), Australia and New Zealand dealing with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and ASEAN Secretariat officers attended the Workshop on ASEAN Regional Guideline for Implementation of International Standards Related to SPS Measures in Jakarta on 21-22 February 2018.

The Task Force on the Mainstreaming of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the ASEAN Community convened its 5th meeting on 5-6 February 2018.

MARCH 2018

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono urged Southeast Asian countries on Thursday to work more closely with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to invest in high-quality infrastructure.

The 16th Meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Joint Cooperation Committee (ARJCC) took place at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 23 March. It was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Phongsavanh Sisoulath, Director General of ASEAN Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR, and H.E. Mr. Alexander Ivanov, Ambassador of Russia to ASEAN

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo took office today as the new Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) for ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) from 2018 to 2021

Reaffirming their strong commitment to further strengthen ASEAN and Germany partnership, both sides today adopted a framework for future cooperation

Reaffirming their commitment to fight terrorism and violent extremism, ASEAN and Australia today signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Government of Australia on Cooperation to Counter International Terrorism.

The inaugural meeting of the Lead Implementing Body for the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025 Strategic Area on Sustainable Infrastructure (LIB-SI) was held on 14 March at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said on Thursday that all ASEAN Member States must stay the course in pursuing deeper economic integration and liberalization, so that the citizens can enjoy the benefits of their collective community building efforts.

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia must take a strong stand against ongoing crimes against humanity targeting Rohingya in Myanmar as they meet this weekend, Amnesty International said.

The ten ASEAN heads of government will convene in Sydney at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a Special Summit on 17–18 March 2018

The Secretary-General underscored Japan as an important partner to ASEAN, and appreciated Japan’s commitment for greater collaboration to advance ASEAN-Japan relations.

MARCH 2019

The Philippines and other Member-States of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) coordinate with other countries such as Japan and China. With that collaboration, they expect mutual economic growth, facilitated trade, and stronger diplomatic ties.

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take advantage of its huge collective population to maximize market opportunities, and enable the group to become a force to be reckoned with in the global economy.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been assured of China’s support in realizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Deputy Representative of International Trade Negotiations Wang Shouwen said.

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan signed an agreement to amend the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP) Agreement, which will expand visa access to Japan for Filipinos visiting for business or investment, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

Officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) vowed to work more aggressively and decisively in combating human trafficking and modern slavery in the region.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said yesterday it has released new guidelines to facilitate the processing of electronic Certificates of Origin (e-CO), a move which is seen to ease trade regulations between the Philippines and other member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Washington sees an undermining of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states as Beijing continues to militarize the South China Sea.


APRIL 2019

The Philippines continues to push for trade facilitation and security through the ASEAN talks.

BSP has forged agreements with the central banks of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand as they look to set up direct settlement systems across currencies.

The Philippines has underscored the need for member-states of ASEAN to share their efforts and initiatives in deterring money laundering schemes, which have been proven to be among the primary tools being used to fund international terrorist activities.

Ph raised the need to review and eliminate trade-inhibiting non-tariff barriers (NTBs) at a recent meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) ministers, the trade department said.

Asean countries including the Philippines would unlikely have difficulty settling their obligations, an economist of the Washington-based multilateral lender World Bank said Wednesday.

MAY 2019

The ASEAN identifies tourism as an aid to free trade and protectionism as a barrier.

DESPITE ongoing US-China trade tensions, the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean) seems to have developed a certain level of immunity to the current economic concerns facing the world economy. A miniature ecosystem of intra-regional trade between diverse markets, Asean’s trade is somewhat insulated from the larger effects of world superpower tensions. However, work remains to be done to ensure that the region maintains its immunity and continues to work towards a stronger logistics network.

The three East Asian economic giants together with Asean member-states on Thursday reiterated they will fight protectionism while strengthening intra-regional trade through targeted initiatives amid slowing global growth.

The tourism industry is an important component that helps in driving the economic growth of all Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, especially for developing countries like the Philippines.

Beforehand, the ASEAN-China joint working group on the implementation of the DOC met on Thursday and Friday to look into the situation on the East Sea, review the implementation of the DOC and continue negotiations on the Code of Conduct on the East Sea (COC).


JUNE 2019

ASEAN leaders discuss labor productivity, proper conduct, environmentalism, and security.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asks other Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders for support in enhancing human development in the workforce.

President Duterte will push for cooperation among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states in a seamless transition into the fourth industrial revolution (IR) during 34th ASEAN Summit here this weekend.

The cultural heritage and diversity of the Southeast Asian nations will be further promoted and protected following the declaration of 2019 as the “cultural year” of the region.

President Rodrigo Duterte was dismayed over the delay in the passage of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Sunday.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to sign a ‘Bangkok Declaration’ on fighting maritime waste – a first of its kind – which promises to ‘prevent and significantly reduce marine debris’.

HEADS of state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday led off the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability with pledges to “strengthen defense cooperation to tackle traditional and non-traditional security challenges”; “enhance strategic dialogue and promote practical cooperation on regional defense and security issues”; “reaffirm the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea”; promote guidelines to avert “unplanned encounters at sea”; to “combat terrorism in all its forms” and to “enhance cybersecurity cooperation” besides a host of more general resolutions in the economic, social and cultural spheres.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), along with other trade agencies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is committed to push for the conclusion of the negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year.


JULY 2019

Other first-world countries from the Commonwealth of Nations seek to coordinate with the ASEAN.

A new satellite warehouse aimed at allowing swift mobilization and distribution of relief items to disaster-hit member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) was launched on Monday at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Australia is seeking to bolster ties with ASEAN member countries as the regional grouping introduced its Indo-Pacific geostrategic concept at the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok last week, emphasizing its centrality in the region.

Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The 52nd Meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Foreign Ministers was held in Thailand on Tuesday (July 30).

British foreign minister Dominic Raab will travel to Thailand on Wednesday to attend a meeting of 10 South East Asian countries, searching for new trading opportunities and stronger diplomatic ties ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

ASEAN and the ROK agreed to further advance cooperation in areas of mutual interest including counter terrorism, transnational crime, cyber security, maritime cooperation, digital economy

Asean health officials have agreed to jointly work together to combat the distribution of fake medicines, including those being sold online.

On the tenth commemoration of the promotion of the United States to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia, Washington celebrates its enduring relationship and flourishing strategic cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The ASEAN-Japan Music Festival 2019 will take place at the National Convention Centre, My Dinh, Hanoi, on July 28, with the participation of Vietnamese singers Noo Phuoc Thinh, Dong Nhi and Trong Hieu, as well as many international artistes.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has urged the NAM member states including the ASEAN neighbours of Myanmar to remain engaged and put in more efforts so that Myanmar authorities do not fail in taking the Rohingyas back.


The Philippines pushes that the ASEAN Member-States trust the US. Those countries also discuss matters related to those in the past months, such as territory and waste management.

The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Wednesday (July 31) welcomed the efforts and progress made by the bloc members and China in negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.

America’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo on Friday implored Southeast Asian nations to trust in US values, delivering a withering takedown of China’s leadership of a region it considers its backyard.

ASEAN foreign ministers on Friday jointly declared their governments’ rejection of illegal transboundary movement of hazardous waste, much of which is shipped to Southeast Asia from developed countries.

After 52 years since its establishment, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has now become a “stable regional grouping”, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Monday.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) worked together to discuss regional issues regarding data protection, privacy regulations and other initiatives at the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, held across the week beginning Tuesday, August 20.

The improvement of skills mobility in ASEAN is needed to address the potential shortage or mismatch of skilled workers that may arise due to the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

The majority of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) backed Myanmar’s efforts in terms of humanitarian relief and repatriation of Rohingya in western Myanmar, during the 40th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Bangkok this week.


The ASEAN unanimously decides to oppose the aforementioned tension and end the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with China.

Southeast Asia’s private sector has called on Asean heads of state and governments to make a collective statement for world economic peace as the simmering trade war threatens the global economy.

The 7th Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting of the 10 members of ASEAN countries and their six FTA (free trade agreement) partners, including India, said the ongoing global uncertainties have added to the urgency to conclude the mega free trade agreement between these nations. The joint statement issued after the meeting, which reviewed the RCEP negotiations on September 8 in Bangkok, Thailand, said the 16 negotiating partners agreed that they should not lose the long-term vision of deepening and expanding the value chains in the RCEP.

Asean member countries have reaffirmed their commitment to narrow the development gap within the economic bloc in the pursuit of shared prosperity and an inclusive economic community.

Economic ministers from Asean member states as well as China, Japan, and South Korea on Tuesday (Sept. 10) reaffirmed their strong commitment to upholding the multilateral trading system and reiterated their full support to the endeavor to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Experts attending a think tank forum called on China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to make full use of existing cross-regional, regional and sub-regional initiatives to enhance the development of both sides.

Hundreds of delegates from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), some other countries and international police organizations are seeking measures to prevent and fight against emerging crimes in the region

The ASEAN Energy Business Forum took place in Bangkok, 3 – 5 September 2019, while the ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) took place on 4th September 2019

Measures to promote joint investigation in preventing drug trafficking along sea routes in Southeast Asia were discussed at a workshop in Hanoi on September 9.

In Bangkok, Prime Minister His Excellency General Prayut Chan-ocha presided over the opening ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Minister on Energy Meeting and Associated Meeting and ASEAN Energy Business Forum under the concept of “Advancing Energy Transition Through Partnership and Innovation”.


The ASEAN is sure that the RCEP will end by the end of 2019.

Asean Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi on Sunday expressed his confidence that the long-awaited Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) will be completed in principle before Thailand’s chairmanship ends at the end of this year.

Although Indonesia is planning to move its capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan, the ASEAN headquarters would remain in Jakarta, ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi has said, likening the city to New York, where the United Nations is seated.


WASHINGTON – The proposed code of conduct being crafted by Southeast Asian nations and China must ensure that the rights of the Philippines and other claimants to the disputed waters are protected, a State Department official said.

Set against the backdrop of the US-China trade war and increasing tensions in the South China Sea, the 35th ASEAN Summit saw regional leaders push for increased unity to meet regional challenges.

The decision by the Indonesian and Malaysian governments to allow fugitive Cambodian politicians to use their countries as political platforms against the Cambodian government is a clear violation of the non-interference principle of Asean.

The United States and ten Southeast Asian countries kicked off maritime drills on Monday, September 2, as part of a joint exercise extending into the flashpoint South China Sea with 8 warships, 4 aircraft and more than a thousand personnel.

The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an important legal instrument to regulate maritime issues and ensure legitimate rights and interests of countries, heard the second ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) workshop on implementing UNCLOS in Hanoi on November 13.

The behaviour of the US representatives before and at the 35th ASEAN summit illustrated that its political, economic and cultural influence on the preferences of Southeast Asian countries has declined. U.S. and ASEAN relations have become increasingly discordant. Now the US has invited ASEAN leaders to meet with US President Donald Trump in the U.S. in early 2020

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper is making his second tour of the Indo-Pacific as the United States looks to reaffirm its commitment to the region and put pressure on China.

South Korea’s presidential advisory panel hosted an international forum here Thursday on the country’s push for stronger ties with Southeast Asian nations.

The 14th ASEAN GO-NGO Forum on Social Welfare under theme “Strengthening Social Protection for Vulnerable Children In ASEAN was held in Vientiane Capital on Nov 18.

Top defence officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their eight dialogue partners that include the United States, China and Japan warned on Monday of growing and expanding security threats and challenges in the region.

The over-internationalisation of the domestic affairs of ASEAN member states (AMS) and judgmental statements from the European Union (EU) on ASEAN affairs are ruining ASEAN’s reputation and undermining ASEAN centrality and integrity unless ASEAN itself is accepting to be a second-class community.

Governments across ASEAN have been unveiling an array of incentive packages to entice businesses affected by the US-China trade war.

The 2019 SEA Games are getting off to a less than stellar start with incomplete venues, arrangements for volunteers in disarray, and three national Asean football teams left stranded on arrival at Manila airport.

Concerns about the Philippines’ hosting flood social media, following viral posts about athletes encountering logistical mishaps

The European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Asean, reaffirmed their commitment to the protection of fundamental freedoms


Recent challenges in its relations with major powers, the growing importance of Southeast Asia, and South Korea’s middle power aspirations provide much context for the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit last week in Busan

Ambiguity persists over how ASEAN-EU security relations may evolve given the announcement of ‘strategic partnership’ between the two organisations/blocs in August 2019.

The Department of Education (DepEd) formally announced that the Philippines will be hosting the 12th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) in Dumaguete City next year.

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi urged United Nations (UN) judges on Thursday to throw out a genocide case against Myanmar, warning it risked reigniting the crisis that forced nearly three quarters of a million Rohingya Muslims from their homes.


The Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN has completed all preparations for the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020, a diplomat has said.

Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years.

Most in Asean study don’t think their nation will benefit as distrust grows

“The civil war in the Rakhine state needs to be addressed by ASEAN if the long-term status of Rohingyas is to be fully resolved,” said Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Friday, the second day of a two-day ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Vietnam.

The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to Asean, headed by Ambassador Noel M. Servigon, joined other member-states’ delegates in the first Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) meeting for 2020 under the chairmanship of Vietnam at the Asean Secretariat in Indonesia’s capital on January 9.

The Philippines has officially joined the live operations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Single Window (ASW), the Department of Finance (DOF) said.


The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will extend the cooperation program till 2025

Member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China expect the completion of the second reading of the code of conduct (COC) covering the disputed South China Sea this year, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

ASEAN PARAGAMES – The 10th ASEAN Paragames has been called off due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 outbreak.

The ASEAN-Canada Joint Cooperation Committee (ACJCC) held its 8th meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat’s headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 25

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Cambodia has assured Bangladesh of its support within the framework of Asean as Dhaka sought Phnom Penh’s support for safe repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State.

MARCH 2020

The ASEAN Chairman, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, also reaffirmed the importance of all countries respecting the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea — but he did not explicitly mention China. While this language may be considered progress in ASEAN-speak, it was hardly a robust expression of united opposition against China’s actions.

Relations between the EU and some ASEAN member states have been tense in recent years because of the seafood trade, stemming from the European Commission’s (EC) sanctions related to the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. As Chair of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam hopes to promote cooperation among ASEAN member states and address this issue to actively contribute towards better ASEAN-EU trade relations.

ASEAN countries have agreed to try and persuade India to return to the negotiating table for the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal.

The Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) are unhappy that hosts, the Philippines, have set a new date for the Asean Para Games (APG) without going through the proper procedures.

The 14th meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation Committee (AJJCC) took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 11 under the co-chair of Ambassador Tran Duc Binh, head of the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to ASEAN, and Japanese Ambassador to ASEAN Chiba Akira.

The ASEAN Para Games is now slated to be held almost a year after the Philippines’ hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

Asean governments and central banks are this week fighting against economic free fall as the COVID-19 pandemic tears through companies, currencies, stock markets, and supply chains, with active infections surging past 1,125 across the region.

APRIL 2020

Cheong Wa Dae is pushing for a virtual summit of ASEAN+3 (ASEAN members plus Korea, China and Japan) to advance multilateral cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a presidential aide, Thursday.

Brunei Darussalam contingent will face another wait for an appearance in the ASEAN Para Games (APG) 2020 in Manila, the Philippines after the multi-sport competition was re-scheduled to October tentatively amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Umno has defended Putrajaya’s decision to push back to sea overloaded boats carrying Rohingya refugees heading for Malaysia and called for joint action by Asean and the rest of the world

Representatives of all 10 ASEAN nations convened virtually this week for a special COVID-19 summit. Here’s how the region’s media covered the story.

On April 16, the Royal Malaysian Navy turned back a boat carrying about 200 Rohingya women, men and children, while reportedly providing food to those on board

MAY 2020

The PSC and Philippine Paralympic Committee agree to cancel the 2020 ASEAN Para Games due to the coronavirus pandemic

France is allocating 2 million euros in grants for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response of seven laboratories in Southeast Asia, among them the Philippines’ Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

With the coronavirus now an excuse for inaction, the threat to the embattled minority is growing ever sharper.