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    Strengthening Asean-EU partnership a necessity

    News, Published on 22/09/2020

    » In a world hit by the pandemic and characterised by power politics, the European Union and Asean have a lot in common. Closer cooperation is needed to ensure we can defend the rules-based international system and ensure every human being can enjoy the security and rights we sometimes take for granted.

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    US defies world to say Iran UN sanctions back in effect

    AFP, Published on 20/09/2020

    » WASHINGTON: The United States unilaterally proclaimed on Saturday that UN sanctions against Iran are back in force and promised to punish those who violate them, in a move that risks increasing Washington's isolation but also international tensions.

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    Asean issues "extraordinary" bulletin

    News, Published on 15/09/2020

    » Asean has further consolidated and displayed its true self amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the most holistic of ways. The empirical evidence can be found in the 12,390-word Joint Communique. The 99-paragraph document requires a careful study as it is rather "extraordinary", as a senior Thai Asean official put it, in both substance and length. The communique this year encompasses elements and ingredients that will make Asean more cohesive and responsive in facing current and future challenges. Truth be told, Asean under Vietnam's chair took a painstakingly long time debating the wording, with lots of agreements and disagreements over the content. Since the communique was released late by one day, rumours ran amok that it might not come out at all, repeating the 2012 debacle.

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    Turkish vessel leaves contested waters in eastern Med: reports

    AFP, Published on 13/09/2020

    » ISTANBUL - The Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean has left disputed waters where it was sent last month, according to ship-tracking websites and local media, in a move that could soothe spiralling tensions in the region.

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    Biden win a boon or bane for Thailand?

    Oped, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 08/09/2020

    » There are only nine weeks to go before Nov 3 when American voters decide on their new president. If former vice president Joseph Biden wins, Thailand must prepare a new strategy to "renew" and "reinvent" engagement with the US that will take be tougher on issues related to China, human rights and democracy. The Biden administration's approach could be a boon or bane for Thailand, one of its five allies in the Indo-Pacific, depending on the country's diplomatic pathway and strategic preparedness. With a new administration under the Democrats, the US State Department would again shape overall policy towards its benign ally.

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    Germany says Putin critic Navalny poisoned with Novichok

    AFP, Published on 02/09/2020

    » BERLIN - Germany said Wednesday that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, the same type of chemical used in Britain against ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, dramatically ramping up tensions with Moscow.

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    New dynamics of Asean's external ties

    Oped, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 01/09/2020

    » Before Brexit, very few people in this part of the world would have imagined that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union, then immediately want to become the 11th Asean dialogue partner. Asean senior officials have already discussed the UK's prospects. They have yet to reach any consensus as it is not just about adding a former EU member but involves a plethora of issues that would come with the lifting of a moratorium that has been in place for 24 years. Some members are saying that admitting the UK, a former colonial master of four of the grouping's members, would open Pandora's Box with unknown consequences.

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    Credit Abe with Japan's middle power evolution

    Oped, Published on 31/08/2020

    » After a record stint at the helm, Shinzo Abe is resigning as prime minister because of health complications. His departure comes in the middle of an epic security dilemma with China and could signal the end of a long pursuit of constitutional changes that would normalise Japan. His tenure in office can be assessed by assertiveness, pragmatic diplomacy, and the creation of partnerships that have propelled Japan from a reluctant sycophant of American foreign policy priorities to a more "proactive" and reliable regional partner.

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    Nations still want India in RCEP

    News, Phusadee Arunmas, Published on 31/08/2020

    » Ministers from the 16 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Participating Countries yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to signing the RCEP agreement in November, insisting they will invite India to return to the negotiating table.

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    Mali wakes up to military rule after president forced out

    AFP, Published on 19/08/2020

    » BAMAKO: Mali awoke on Wednesday to a new chapter in its troubled history after rebel military leaders forced President Boubacar Keita from office, prompting its West African neighbours to threaten border closures and sanctions against the coup leaders.

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