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A woman prepares a placard out of crossed out portraits of Myanmar's junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during protest against the military coup in Myanmar.(Reuters)

Asean leaders tell Myanmar coup maker to end killings

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2021 02:00 PM IST
  • The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also told Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing during the two-hour talks in Jakarta that a dialogue between contending parties in Myanmar should immediately start, with the help of ASEAN envoys, President Joko Widodo said.
Despite the killing of at least 564 people by the security forces since the Feb. 1 coup, protesters have been coming out every day.(AP)
Despite the killing of at least 564 people by the security forces since the Feb. 1 coup, protesters have been coming out every day.(AP)

Myanmar protesters clap to denounce junta as region focuses on crisis

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 06:46 PM IST
Clapping began in various parts of the main city Yangon at 5 pm (1030 GMT) in response to a call by protest organisers, residents said.
The military coup of February 1 halted Myanmar's tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule and has drawn condemnation and sanctions from the United States and other Western countries, amid growing concern among its neighbours. (Representative Image)(AP)
The military coup of February 1 halted Myanmar's tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule and has drawn condemnation and sanctions from the United States and other Western countries, amid growing concern among its neighbours. (Representative Image)(AP)

Pressure Myanmar military junta to protect people's freedoms: UN to ASEAN states

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 03:34 PM IST
According to Sputnik, on Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the ASEAN nations held an informal virtual meeting, urging all parties in Myanmar to exercise restraint and offering their assistance in finding a peaceful solution to the post-coup crisis.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal(PTI)
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal(PTI)

Working to transform Guwahati as gateway to Southeast Asia: CM Sonowal

Guwahati | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 01:19 PM IST
Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Sonowal said the state is eyeing the ASEAN market, besides the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal).
Other important news events that triggered heavy search activity included the unprecedented lockdown, Nirbhaya case, Beirut explosion, bushfires in Australia, and locust swarm attack.(AP)
Other important news events that triggered heavy search activity included the unprecedented lockdown, Nirbhaya case, Beirut explosion, bushfires in Australia, and locust swarm attack.(AP)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Covid, IPL among top global trends in Google’s ‘Year in Search 2020’ and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 01:28 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh.(File photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh.(File photo)

Rajnath Singh’s message at Asean meet aims at China, advocates self-restraint

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 06:42 PM IST
Rajnath Singh’s remarks, made during a virtual gathering of the ADMM Plus that was joined by his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe, came against the backdrop of the India-China standoff in Ladakh sector of the LAC
Rajnath Singh during his address further pointed out that the collective achievement in the past decade has been remarkable in advancing multilateral cooperation through strategic dialogue and practical security cooperation.(ANI file photo)
Rajnath Singh during his address further pointed out that the collective achievement in the past decade has been remarkable in advancing multilateral cooperation through strategic dialogue and practical security cooperation.(ANI file photo)

Need to continue efforts to address threats of bio-terrorism, pandemic diseases: Rajnath Singh at ADMM-PLUS

Hindsutan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 09:38 AM IST
“Threats to the rules-based order, maritime security, cyber related crimes and terrorism, just to name a few, remain the challenges that we need to address as a forum,” the defence minister said on the occasion of the meeting’s 10th anniversary.
To deepen economic ties in the Indo-Pacific region and with RCEP members, India must become self-reliant(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
To deepen economic ties in the Indo-Pacific region and with RCEP members, India must become self-reliant(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

RCEP is a China club, best India stays out of it

UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 10:07 AM IST
India joined the negotiations in 2012 and continued to be part of them until the Bangkok meet. It was flexible in negotiations and made adjustments in pursuit of a comprehensive, fair and a balanced agreement. In the end, the final document did not meet any of the three parameters.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the Deccan Dialogue.(PTI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the Deccan Dialogue.(PTI)

Indo-Pacific concept a rejection of spheres of influence: Jaishankar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 04:46 PM IST
Addressing a global town hall event via video-conferencing, Jaishankar also said that the Indo-Pacific was an indication of a future not a throwback to the past and “only those harbouring a Cold War mindset will see such intentions”.
Representational photo.(Bloomberg)
Representational photo.(Bloomberg)

Analysis | India has rightly shunned RCEP for now

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 09:52 AM IST
It has generally been the case that India’s lack of competitiveness in exports has meant it can’t take advantage of FTAs. Simply put, our industry lacks the scale, technology, and productivity required to compete
Chinese President Xi Jinping.(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping.(Reuters)

China perceives rising India as ‘rival’; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: report

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 01:59 PM IST
“China perceives rising India as a rival and seeks to impel it to accommodate Beijing’s ambitions by engaging economically while constraining New Delhi’s strategic partnership with the US, Japan, Australia and its relations with other democracies,” the report said.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that a number of key concerns that India had flagged had not been addressed by RCEP.(REUTERS)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that a number of key concerns that India had flagged had not been addressed by RCEP.(REUTERS)

RCEP would have hurt India’s economy, FTA with EU not easy: S Jaishankar

HIndustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:45 PM IST
The 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea signed RCEP on Sunday
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the 11th ASEAN - UN summit, as part of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi.(Reuters)
Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the 11th ASEAN - UN summit, as part of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi.(Reuters)

ASEAN, China, other partners set world’s biggest trade pact

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 09:05 AM IST
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, is to be signed virtually on Sunday on the sidelines of the annual summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
PM Modi called for strengthening convergence between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and Asean’s outlook on Indo-Pacific to “ensure a free, open, inclusive and rules-based” region.(PTI)
PM Modi called for strengthening convergence between India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative and Asean’s outlook on Indo-Pacific to “ensure a free, open, inclusive and rules-based” region.(PTI)

PM Modi underlines centrality of Asean in India’s Act East policy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:38 PM IST
The situation in the South China Sea, where China is engaged in disputes with several Asean members, and all regional issues of concern figured in the discussions during the Asean-India Summit that was co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)

Asean-India summit on November 12 to focus on boosting trade, connectivity

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 03:24 PM IST
The summit between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will be held on the margins of the 37th summit of the 10-member grouping
Prime Minister Modi attended the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok in November last year.(PTI)
Prime Minister Modi attended the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok in November last year.(PTI)

PM Modi, Vietnamese counterpart to co-chair 17th ASEAN-India Summit on November 12

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 03:20 PM IST
The leaders of all ten ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states will participate in the virtual summit, which will review the status of ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership and take stock of progress made in key areas such as connectivity, maritime cooperation, trade and commerce, education and capacity building etc.
Prime Minister Modi attended the 16th Asean-India Summit in Bangkok in November last year.(Reuters)
Prime Minister Modi attended the 16th Asean-India Summit in Bangkok in November last year.(Reuters)

PM Modi to co-chair virtual India-Asean summit on Thursday

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:35 PM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the summit will review the status of Asean-India strategic partnership and take stock of progress made in key areas.
The summit comes while the result of the US presidential election has yet to be declared despite Democrat Joe Biden projected to have comfortably won the 270 electoral votes needed for victory(AP)
The summit comes while the result of the US presidential election has yet to be declared despite Democrat Joe Biden projected to have comfortably won the 270 electoral votes needed for victory(AP)

ASEAN nations to sign China-backed trade deal amid US presidential uncertainty

Hanoi, Vietnam | By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:08 PM IST
The deal, which is expected to be signed later on Sunday on the sidelines of a mostly online, four-day ASEAN summit in Hanoi, will take years to complete but will progressively lower tariffs across many areas and could become the world’s biggest trade agreement.
Responding to a question on whether resolving the border issue will be a protracted process even if current tensions dissipate, the Singapore envoy said it is “always problematic [in] relations between…two humongous neighbours to resolve [things]”.(ANI)
Responding to a question on whether resolving the border issue will be a protracted process even if current tensions dissipate, the Singapore envoy said it is “always problematic [in] relations between…two humongous neighbours to resolve [things]”.(ANI)

‘It may be a long winter’: Singapore envoy amid India-China tension at LAC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 06:51 PM IST
Asked about the implications of the India-China standoff, Wong said there is a “stalemate and a stare-down situation”.
Singapore high commissioner Simon Wong Wie Kuen.(Sourced)
Singapore high commissioner Simon Wong Wie Kuen.(Sourced)

India-China flare-up could hurt post-Covid recovery efforts across the region: Singapore high commissioner

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:26 PM IST
In his first interview to the India media, Singapore’s new high commissioner Simon Wong Wie Kuen says that the India-China conflict must be resolved amicably, because from the Covid-19 recovery point of view, if two big economic engines suffer, all of Asian economy will too
A vendor sells China-made products at a stall on a roadside, in Kolkata.(PTI/ File photo)
A vendor sells China-made products at a stall on a roadside, in Kolkata.(PTI/ File photo)

Customs’ scrutiny from Sept 21 to check all Chinese imports

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2020 09:02 AM IST
There has been rampant violation of “rules of origin” that have opened floodgates for dumping of Chinese goods in India through third countries such as Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia
The virtual ASEAN-India ministerial meeting, co-chaired by external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, adopted the plan of action.(REUTERS file photo)
The virtual ASEAN-India ministerial meeting, co-chaired by external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, adopted the plan of action.(REUTERS file photo)

‘Greater cooperation’: India, ASEAN adopt plan of action for 2021-25

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The plan of action will help the two sides to work towards the ASEAN 2025 vision for an economically integrated and rules-based grouping that narrows the development gap and enhances connectivity.
File photo: Union minister Piyush Goyal.(RAJ K RAJ/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union minister Piyush Goyal.(RAJ K RAJ/HT PHOTO)

Goyal asks Asean nations to strengthen rules of origin to check influx of Chinese goods

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 02:08 PM IST
Goyal co-chaired the 17th Asean-India Economic (AEM) Ministers’ Consultations held on Saturday via videoconference in a bid to maintain social distancing norms because of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar.(ANI)
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar.(ANI)

Covid-19 highlighted importance of diversification and resilience of supply chains, says Jaishankar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2020 02:02 PM IST
The Covid-19 crisis has shown up the lack of multilateralism at a time when it “was most in demand”
The former PM and the senior Congress leader warned that the disruptions due to the lockdown to prevent infections would lead to a prolonged slowdown.(Amal KS/HT file photo)
The former PM and the senior Congress leader warned that the disruptions due to the lockdown to prevent infections would lead to a prolonged slowdown.(Amal KS/HT file photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Centre should take steps to undo economic disruption caused by Covid, says Manmohan Singh and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 09:06 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The project launched on Monday aims to provide high-speed internet to boost the island’s capabilities in terms of disaster mitigation, relief work and enable access to high-speed internet connectivity.(Twitter/Narendra Modi)
The project launched on Monday aims to provide high-speed internet to boost the island’s capabilities in terms of disaster mitigation, relief work and enable access to high-speed internet connectivity.(Twitter/Narendra Modi)

Andaman optical fiber may pitch India as alternative to China in ASEAN region

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bharadwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 09:14 AM IST
The project, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, promises a 2,300-km submarine optical fibre cable network that will connect the islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Chennai.
We discerned the designs of Chinese economic imperialism early on. Our delinking from China began much early than many would like to believe(REUTERS)
We discerned the designs of Chinese economic imperialism early on. Our delinking from China began much early than many would like to believe(REUTERS)

India will resist China’s economic imperialism |Opinion

By Gopal Krishna Agarwal
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 06:45 PM IST
By opting out of RCEP, PM Modi had already shown the way. This is an opportunity for the domestic economy
USS Nimitz at 2007 Malabar exercises with Indian Jaguar fighters. China issued demarche to all participating QUAD countries plus Singapore.(File Photo/Courtesy: US Navy)
USS Nimitz at 2007 Malabar exercises with Indian Jaguar fighters. China issued demarche to all participating QUAD countries plus Singapore.(File Photo/Courtesy: US Navy)

QUAD is ready but no more free lunches for ASEAN on South China Sea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 02:23 PM IST
India has rejected the Chinese claims on South China Sea (SCS) by calling it a global commons and openly advocated its long held position of freedom of navigation and overflights.
The Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) (L) is underway with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and the Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) in the South China Sea.(via REUTERS)
The Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154) (L) is underway with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and the Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) in the South China Sea.(via REUTERS)

South China Sea is not China’s maritime empire: Pompeo

Washington | By Asian News International | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 08:04 AM IST
After the 36th ASEAN summit on Friday, a joint statement was issued by the members of the bloc expressing concerns over the current situation in the South China Sea.
India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar, Brussels, February 17, 2020(AP)
India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar, Brussels, February 17, 2020(AP)

The defensive turn in India’s foreign policy, writes Vivek Katju

By Vivek Katju
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2020 06:21 PM IST
Diplomats are busy clarifying domestic decisions. This expends capital and diverts attention from India’s goals
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