Philippine President Marcos Jr meets Indonesian counterpart Jokowi in first official overseas trip

Philippine President Marcos Jr meets Indonesian counterpart Jokowi in first official overseas trip

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo have agreed to step up cooperation in defence and trade, as concerns grow over China’s rising influence in the region. The two sides signed a defence and security cooperation…

Belt and Road Summit: Stability key for Asia to unlock growth potential, says DPM Heng

Belt and Road Summit: Stability key for Asia to unlock growth potential, says DPM Heng

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has urged parties involved in geopolitical tension to “take a step back”. He said flashpoints in the Taiwan Strait, South China Sea and Korean Peninsula have made peace more brittle. At the Belt…

ASEAN must look within itself to overcome global headwinds: Indonesian minister

ASEAN must look within itself to overcome global headwinds: Indonesian minister

ASEAN will have to look within itself and boost economic integration to weather global headwinds. Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said this at a public lecture in Singapore. Subscribe to our channel here: https://cna.asia/youtubesub Subscribe to our…

China's market will continue to be important for Singapore businesses: Gan Kim Yong

China’s market will continue to be important for Singapore businesses: Gan Kim Yong

Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong said the Chinese market will continue to be important for Singapore businesses. He urged firms to think long-term, especially if they are looking to pivot out of the Chinese market or hold back…

Dr Ian Wilson on Australia's $480m pledge for ASEAN, Indonesia

Dr Ian Wilson on Australia’s $480m pledge for ASEAN, Indonesia

Australia has announced its intention to strengthen ties with Southeast Asia, as newly elected prime minister Anthony Albanese makes his first bilateral visit as premier to Indonesia. He has also pledged stronger cooperation with Jakarta on trade, security and climate…

Australian PM Anthony Albanese signals stronger ties with Southeast Asia on Indonesia trip

Australian PM Anthony Albanese signals stronger ties with Southeast Asia on Indonesia trip

Australia’s newly elected prime minister has vowed to make Southeast Asia a policy priority of his Labor government. Mr Anthony Albanese is on a visit to Indonesia — his first bilateral engagement –and has pledged stronger cooperation on trade, security…

APEC slashes 2022 growth forecast to 3.2% for Asia-Pacific region

APEC slashes 2022 growth forecast to 3.2% for Asia-Pacific region

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group (APEC) has said it expects the region’s economic performance to be weaker this year. It has cut its GDP growth forecast to 3.2%, shaving a full percentage point off its last projection three months ago.…

Joe Biden to visit South Korea, Japan as part of first Asia trip as US president

Joe Biden to visit South Korea, Japan as part of first Asia trip as US president

Joe Biden is making his first visit to Asia as US president, with his administration preparing to launch a new strategy for the region. He will visit South Korea and Japan for bilateral meetings with the leaders of both countries.…

Singapore welcomes proposed Indo-Pacific economic framework with US: PM Lee

Singapore welcomes proposed Indo-Pacific economic framework with US: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has welcomed Washington’s proposed Indo-Pacific economic plan, and encourages greater ASEAN participation in it. Mr Lee is in the US capital for the ASEAN-US Special Summit. He’s meeting Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry…

US-ASEAN summit: Stronger diplomatic ties, economic commitments could be on the cards

US-ASEAN summit: Stronger diplomatic ties, economic commitments could be on the cards

ASEAN leaders are set to gather in Washington DC this Thursday (May 12) for a two-day summit. US President Joe Biden will be holding his first face-to-face talks with the bloc. Both sides are expected to elevate their diplomatic ties,…

Singapore's maritime sector aims to attract more locals and young talents

Singapore’s maritime sector aims to attract more locals and young talents

Talent development and attracting locals into the maritime sector took centre stage as the Singapore Maritime Week wrapped up. The industry, which has struggled to attract young talent, hopes to change course with more innovation and training programmes. Singapore will…

Singapore abstains from UN vote to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council

Singapore abstains from UN vote to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council

Singapore has abstained from a special United Nations vote to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. It was among 58 countries and a handful of ASEAN members that chose not to vote for or against the measure. Thailand,…