Putin’s Singapore visit signals continued Russia-Asean interest

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Putin’s Singapore visit signals continued Russia-Asean interest

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first-ever state visit to Singapore on November 13, 2018. Coinciding with the 33rd Asean summit, 3rd Asean–Russia summit, 13th East Asia Summit (EAS), and 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Singapore, the visit marks an important step in Russia’s efforts to broaden its pivot to the East. […]

Skilful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea

Skilful Lao Leadership Boosts Asean Unity on South China Sea

Clouded by controversy even before it began, the recently concluded 49th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR was conspicuous for two things: who was and was not present; and, perhaps more importantly, what was and was not discussed. While Malaysia’s foreign minister, Anifah Aman – who had been expected at the AMM […]

Malaysia’s year as Asean chair reviewed

Malaysia’s year as Asean chair reviewed

Malaysia ended its chairmanship of Asean as the grouping announced the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in November 2015. The AEC intends to create a single market across the Asean region by standardising economic regulations including those on trade, flows of financial capital and labour migration. (See: 2015 Kuala Lumpur Declaration Formalises Asean Community […]