Posts Tagged ‘asean’

US-ASEAN Summit Leaves Washington Empty-handed

The recently held US-ASEAM summit in Washington was meant to serve what an official of the Biden administration called the need for “step[ing] up our [the US] game in Southeast Asia” against China. The underlying logic of this politics of increasing US strategic engagement with ASEAN is a more strategic realignment of the latter’s foreign […]

Will ASEAN Survive the China-US Confrontation?

China has been actively pushing the US out of its place as “world hegemon” for a number of years now. Through soft power – lucrative trade agreements, economic aid, generous loans and investments – the PRC gains partners and allies across the world. The scale of China’s “offensive” is such that the PRC is cooperating […]

US at ASEAN Summit Looks to Turn Region Against Itself

For the first time in four years a US President has attended the annual ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit. In a poorly disguised redux of the Obama-era “Pivot to Asia,” the US seeks to appear interested in contributing to ASEAN in a constructive manner while ultimately attempting to coerce the regional bloc […]

AUKUS and Myanmar Undermine ASEAN Unity

In fact, and as has been repeatedly noted in the NEO, the situation is worsening in South-East Asia, a key region for the global political process today, all ten countries of which form ASEAN. This deterioration comes from the degrading relations between the two global powers, the USA and China. The field of tensions created by […]

The US Indo-Pacific Strategy Displaces ASEAN

Whereas the QUAD and AUKUS aim to place the US at the centre of the Indo-Pacific region as a bulwark against China, these two different yet interconnected strands of US policies are unlikely to be accepted by the ASEAN. Specifically, these projects could overpower ASEAN, as well as neutralising the regional configuration’s own political ambitions […]

Meeting of Foreign Ministers from ASEAN and China

On June 7-8 in the Chinese city of Chongqing an annual meeting was held, bringing together foreign ministers from China and participating nations from ASEAN. This is not the only platform for discussing bilateral relations between the two sides. However, it is the most important after a summit. It is important to note that this […]

ASEAN Trying to Resolve the Situation in Myanmar

On April 24 this year, in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, a special meeting of the presidents and heads of government of ASEAN member countries was held to discuss the latest developments in Myanmar, which itself is a member of this Association, uniting 10 countries in the Southeast Asian region. The occasion for these high […]

Iranian fencers clinch nine medals at 2018 ASEAN University Fencing Championship

Amir Reza Kan’ani, Mohammad Ali Kayhani and Hossein Ja’fari made the Islamic Republic proud on Saturday after they respectively bagged all the available medals in the men’s épée event of the competitions held in the western Malaysian town of Nilai. The épée is the modern derivative of the dueling sword used in fencing. As a thrusting weapon, the […]

Vietnam is Russia’s key ally in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

     The Socialist Republic of Vietnam was at one time one of the poorest countries in Asia. But, as a result of the transformation that the country has undergone in the last few decades, many are now of the opinion that it deserves to be considered as one of the ‘Asian tigers’ – a designation […]

Iraqi Forces Push Into Fallujah City

 nsnbc : Iraqi forces, on Saturday, pushed into the city of Fallujah after fierce clashes with Islamic State forces. Preparations for the assault have been underway for days but delayed to minimize the risk for non-combatant civilians. Iraqi military and militia broke through the defenses of the self-proclaimed Islamic State )a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) […]

The American military’s coming collapse – the facts exposed

     Mounting evidence presented by high-ranking US military officials to the United States’ Congress make it clear that the American army, once a powerful might backing Washington’s policies around the world, is now slowly, but surely, unraveling. According to The National Interest, the gradual decrease in military spending by a whopping 25 percent over the […]

How did Mexico dodge the Hurricane Patricia bullet?

Mexico dodged a bullet when monster Hurricane Patricia failed to live up to its threat of devastating huge swaths of the country. What saved Mexicans? Experts say Mexico was saved from widespread destruction in big part thanks to the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains, which slowed Patricia’s wrath. The coastal region where it made landfall […]

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