International Organisations

China made a mistake by including Pakistan terror outfits in BRICS declaration: experts (The International News, 6 September 2017)

China made a mistake by including Pakistan terror outfits in BRICS declaration: experts (The International News, 6 September 2017) Chinese experts have opined that China has made a mistake by including militants groups based in Pakistan and Afghanistan in BRICS declaration. The experts are of the view that the move could prove costly for its…

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New approaches to achieving ASEAN regionalism (East Asia Forum, 2 September 2017)

New approaches to achieving ASEAN regionalism (East Asia Forum, 2 September 2017) Throughout its 50-year history of regional cooperation, legalisation and institutionalisation have not featured all that prominently in ASEAN’s diplomatic repertoire. Especially in its formative years, ASEAN relied on political flexibility and institutional informality, eschewing binding legal relations. Even as laws and institutions were…

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ASEAN’s Legal Architecture Critical to Addressing Transboundary Challenges (Asia Foundation, 17 May 2017)

ASEAN’s Legal Architecture Critical to Addressing Transboundary Challenges (Asia Foundation, 17 May 2017) With the geopolitics of Southeast Asia and changing rapidly and substantially, an opportunity presents for a timely and thoughtful deliberation on the role ASEAN can play in the region. This enduring union of 10 member states has made great strides in becoming…

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Syria war: Russia and China veto UNSC sanctions (BBC News, 1 March 2017)

Syria war: Russia and China veto UNSC sanctions (BBC News, 1 March 2017) Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons. It is the seventh time Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to protect the Syrian government. China has also vetoed…

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ASEAN’s Golden Opportunity (Bangkok Post, 23 January 2017)

ASEAN’s Golden Opportunity (Bangkok Post, 23 January 2017) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating 50 years of existence in 2017, with the Philippines holding the chairmanship of the 10-member bloc. The golden anniversary presents a golden opportunity for ASEAN leaders to show how important regionalism can be at a time when people…

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ASEAN legal website set to launch (Bangkok Post, 23 October 2016)

ASEAN legal website set to launch (Bangkok Post, 23 October 2016) An online legal site offering information about the laws and regulations of the ASEAN member countries will be launched with free access early next year, Office of the Judiciary deputy secretary-general Sarawut Benjakul said. The site, which will be launched in all 10 countries,…

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Japan, China vie for ASEAN influence (Nikkei Asian Review, 8 September 2016)

Japan, China vie for ASEAN influence (Nikkei Asian Review, 8 September 2016) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tacitly warned Southeast Asian leaders against making too many concessions to China, engaging in a diplomatic tug of war with Beijing ahead of the East Asia Summit. “I expect ASEAN to play a leading role in creating stability and…

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