Dozens of teachers at Yangon’s Dagon University protested, raising a three-finger salute borrowed from Hong Kong and Thailand’s democracy movement as the junta continued its sweep against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi by arresting a key aide.
In spite of its nuclear ambitions, Indonesia does not yet have the capacity to manage its nuclear waste disposal, which could prove disastrous for the Southeast Asian region.
The inclusion of all the big guns in East Asia namely China, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand has turned RCEP into an indispensable trading bloc, underlining diminution of America's economic influence.
The trade pact brings together 15 countries to form a free trade bloc as formidable as the European Union.
The accord will take already low tariffs on trade between member countries still lower, over time, and is less comprehensive than an 11-nation trans-Pacific trade deal that President Donald Trump pulled out of shortly after taking office.
The deal, expected to be signed on the sidelines of a mostly online 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.
Malaysia FM Saifuddin Bin Abdullah says perpetrators of violence against Myanmar's minority must "be brought to justice," in talks with members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Thailand conference.
Southeast Asian countries will call for those responsible for atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya minority to be held "fully accountable," according to a statement prepared for a regional summit.
The world's largest trade deal, also called RCEP, is pushed back to next year as trade ministers of Asia-Pacific countries fail to agree key terms at a summit, ahead of ASEAN meeting, in Singapore.
The international community has often proven incapable of dealing with state led crimes against humanity, and Myanmar could prove another missed milestone.
Myanmar's army is accused of mass rape, killings and setting fire to thousands of homes which led to the displacement of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh. The UN is recommending genocide charges be brought against top generals.
Diplomats in ASEAN summit express concern over the impact of US-China trade war as calls grow for accelerating talks for a Beijing-backed free-trade deal that excludes the US.
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