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South Korea offers to train ASEAN countries in tax administration

SOUTH KOREA has offered to host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) training program for tax policy and administration, the Department of Finance...

Final ASEAN chairman’s 31st summit statement now even softer on China

THE FINAL version of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chairman’s statement at the end of the bloc’s 31st summit -- released to...

Trump’s trade barbs push Asian nations closer to China’s orbit

NEW DELHI/SEOUL -- For years, smaller nations in Asia have looked to the US to provide a counterweight to an increasingly powerful China. Under President...

China, PHL make strong pitch for reaffirmed ties

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE PHILIPPINES and China held bilateral talks on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and signed 14 agreements during what President Rodrigo...

ASEAN Plus Three airs ‘grave concerns’ over N. Korea

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a statement on Tuesday, Nov. 14, “expressed grave concerns” over the “provocative and threatening actions” by...

31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings: Highlights

The 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings in Manila concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 14, marking the end of the Philippines'...

Duterte lashes out at Canada’s Trudeau as Trump ties warm

President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European officials over their criticism of alleged human rights abuses under...

OECD sees faster 2nd half PHL growth

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter PHILIPPINE gross domestic product (GDP) growth should pick up slightly this semester from the first half’s 6.45% average on the...

Draft ASEAN chairman’s statement raises questions as bloc’s 31st summit winds...

THE 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit -- the second this year while the Philippines chairs the bloc -- was set to...

SE Asian businesses eye tech role in SME boost

By Krista A. M. Montealegre National Correspondent AS SOUTHEAST ASIA looks to the next half decade, technology will play a pivotal role in unlocking the economic...

AirAsia eyes integration of ASEAN operations

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor REGIONAL low-cost airline AirAsia Berhad is moving towards the next phase of its business, its founder and CEO Tony Fernandes...

Security, integration top ASEAN dialogue concerns

THE FOLLOWING are the outcomes of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) dialogues with its global partners at the 31st ASEAN Summit: HONG KONG:...

Human rights spice up talks on cooperation

THE PHILIPPINES capped its series of bilateral talks on Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit...

Baguio mayor suspends classes as tourist influx causes road congestion

THE NOV. 13-15 holiday declared in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga for the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit has drawn tourists...

ASEAN claims ‘significant progress’ on RCEP

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has achieved many of the items on its economic agenda and made major progress in bringing forward...

ASEAN’s Codes and Consequences

As the Philippines’ hosting of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summits comes to an end, ASEAN and China have agreed to open...

Trump’s Russia, Duterte’s China

Siegfried and Roy had a long-running and very successful act at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. The act featured two white tigers that...

ASEAN: Delusions of integration

By Eduardo C. Tadem As the ASEAN marks its 50th year, it is time to examine its record in terms of its goals and objectives...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Duterte’s opening remarks at 20th ASEAN Plus Three Commemorative...

Let me begin by saying to you… Your Excellencies of ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea; His Excellency...

US-Philippines bilateral meeting

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast...

Duterte puts security risks front and center

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, representing the chair this year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), yesterday set the stage for the bloc’s...

Asian leaders cite connectivity gaps

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre National Correspondent ALLIES of Southeast Asian nations are ready to help foot the mammoth bill needed to plug the region’s infrastructure...

Razon eyes gaming opportunities in Asia

By Arra B. Francia, Reporter PORTS and gaming tycoon Enrique K. Razon, Jr. is scouting for opportunities to expand his gaming business in Asia. Mr. Razon,...

PSE drafts guidelines for short selling transactions

THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is seeking public comments on its draft rules for short selling transactions, a mechanism that is already allowed under...

Duterte, Trump omit human rights in bilateral talks, affirm trade ties

THE ISSUE of human rights and alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines was not discussed during a meeting on Monday between US President Donald...

Water cannon repels anti-Trump protesters

RIOT POLICE used water cannon and sonic alarms to repel hundreds of protesters shouting anti-Donald Trump slogans on the sidelines of a major summit...

ASEAN reforms urged to deal with automation threat to labor

THE World Economic Forum (WEF) said on Monday that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must introduce reforms ahead of greater automation and...

ASEAN Trilemma: Wherefore the 2017 summit?

By Federico M. Macaranas TWO IN, one out. This is the trilemma facing leaders as the 2017 ASEAN Summit strives to give equal attention to the...

ASEAN competitiveness through better supply chains, procurement, and logistics

In recent years, with the increasing pace of economic growth in Asia coupled with the slowdown in Europe and the US, the world is...

Shooting from the hip: Trump and Duterte’s fiery quotes

Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte met Monday in Manila for their first official talks, an occasion that brought together two of the most outspoken statesmen of...

Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with Duterte, avoids human rights issue

US President Donald Trump said he had a “great relationship” with Rodrigo Duterte while they ignored shouted questions about alleged abuses carried out under...

Trump breaks the link as handshake photo op goes awry

Donald Trump was all fingers and thumbs during a carefully choreographed photo op Monday at a summit of world leaders, failing to grasp whose...

Burned Southeast Asia craves Trump love after trade rebuff

Donald Trump is more popular in Southeast Asia than almost anywhere else. After years of being chided by Barack Obama over human rights, some of...

ASEAN handshake

US President Donald Trump registers his surprise as he realizes other leaders, including Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang, President of...

Water cannon

Police hose down protesters as they try to march to the venue of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Speech of Pres. Duterte during ASEAN 2017 opening ceremony

HERE's the full transcript of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte's during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on...

US-Philippines ties warm a year after Obama dust-up

US President Donald Trump is set to sit down for a formal meeting with Rodrigo Duterte today, Nov. 13, as ties warm a year after...

Trump meets Philippines’ controversial Duterte

Donald Trump sits down Monday, Nov. 13, with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who boasts about personally killing people and is waging a drug war...

Do you know your TPPs from your RCEPs, NAFTAs and OBORs?

Danang, Vietnam -- In the world of trade diplomacy, the acronym is king. As world leaders descend on the Vietnamese city of Danang for the...

Eyes on Philippines as it winds down stint at region’s helm

By Maria Eloisa I. Calderon Editor-at-Large THE PHILIPPINES’ stint as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year is winding down: the bloc’s...

MSMEs in the spotlight at annual business meeting

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre National Correspondent SPOTLIGHT has been put on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in this year’s meetings of the Association of...

Seoul sharpens SE Asia focus amid tiff with Beijing

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia Associate Editor SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Manila to attend the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

Duterte advises caution anew on maritime dispute

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte expressed caution anew about taking up the Philippines’ maritime dispute with China over the South China Sea. But at the same...

Duterte confident Trump won’t take up human rights

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, Nov. 12, expressed confidence that United States President Donald J. Trump won’t raise the issue of human rights...