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Nation 15 Dec 2013 | 12:00 AM

Japan a key partner to Asean

TOKYO: Japan will continue to be an important dialogue partner to South-east Asian nations as the region grows further to become one of the world’s great economic force.

World 14 Dec 2013 | 8:20 PM

Kerry presses Vietnam leaders to protect human rights

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) - In his first visit to Vietnam as America's top diplomat, John Kerry urged the country's leaders to strengthen their commitment to human rights and allow more freedom of expression, including on the Internet.

World 14 Dec 2013 | 6:35 PM

Asian nations call for freedom of air, seas as US-China maritime near-collision revealed

TOKYO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japan and Southeast Asian countries called for freedom of the air and sea on Saturday, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions and after U.S. and Chinese warships narrowly avoided collision in the disputed South China Sea.

World 14 Dec 2013 | 6:06 PM

Japan, ASEAN call for freedom of seas and skies, peaceful dispute resolution

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Southeast Asian nations called on Saturday for freedom of the high seas and skies, amid heightened tensions over China's new air defence zone in the East China Sea.

AseanPlus News 14 Dec 2013 | 5:42 PM

Kerry in Vietnam on first visit as top US diplomat

HO CHI MINH CITY (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday attended mass at a cathedral in Vietnam, where he served during the war, in a trip aimed at shoring up Southeast Asian ties amid myriad regional tensions.

World 14 Dec 2013 | 4:05 PM

U.S., Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

WASHINGTON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese warship manoeuvring nearby, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Friday.

Business 14 Dec 2013 | 1:55 PM

Japan PM calls for stronger ASEAN ties to improve regional security

TOKYO: Japan and Southeast Asia must strengthen ties and ensure the region is based on the rule of law and not force, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Asian leaders at a summit on Saturday, amid heightened tensions over China's new air defence zone.

AseanPlus News 14 Dec 2013 | 12:56 PM

US, Chinese warships nearly collide in S. China Sea

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Chinese naval vessel came dangerously close to a US warship during a tense incident in the South China Sea last week, US military officials said Friday.

Business 14 Dec 2013 | 12:01 PM

Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with US$20bil pledge:Report

TOKYO: Japan and Southeast Asia must strengthen ties and ensure the region is based on the rule of law and not force, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Asian leaders at a summit on Saturday, amid heightened tensions over China's new air defence zone.

Business 14 Dec 2013 | 11:00 AM

Japan PM calls for stronger ASEAN ties

TOKYO: Japan and Southeast Asia must strengthen ties and ensure the region is based on the rule of law and not force, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Asian leaders at a summit on Saturday, amid heightened tensions over China's new air defence zone.