The second meeting of the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) began in Ho Chi Minh City on August 23, focusing on debating trade facilitation, alignment with international standards and active participation in international standardisation.

Turkish PM’s visit to Vietnam aims at stronger bilateral ties

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s official visit to Vietnam from August 22-28 is a chance for the two countries to seek measures to beef up and deepen the bilateral partnership in trade, investment, science-technology, transportation, education-training and other fields.

SOM 3 and related meetings enter fourth working day

Working groups and sub-committees of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will continue discussions on issues of their charge in Ho Chi Minh City on August 21 as part of the third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM 3).

Singapore among top three most liveable cities in Asia

Singapore has surpassed Hong Kong for the first time to place the third in the rankings of Asian cities with the best quality of living, according to the latest report of the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Indonesian President calls for unity to tackle extremism threat

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on August 16 affirmed the need for the most populous Muslim-majority country to unite to cope with the threat of extremism and safeguard its constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.

Chinese professor proposes ASEAN, China step up trade links

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should strengthen their links in trade, investment and finance, a professor from the People’s University of China (PUC) has said.

Laos holds mini-marathon to celebrate 50th ASEAN anniversary

Lao senior officials and diplomats from ASEAN nations took part in a mini-marathon at Patuxay Park in Vientiane, Laos on August 12 as part of a series of local events to mark the 50th ASEAN anniversary and the 20th year since Laos became a member of the bloc.

FM Lavrov: Russia wants to expand cooperation with Thailand

Russia wants to expand cooperation with Thailand, with a focus placed on people-to-people exchanges, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Thailand on August 10.

US Secretary of State visits Malaysia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Malaysia on August 8 and met with Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss bilateral ties, trade, terrorism fight and international issues of mutual concern. The 50-minute meeting took place right after the US Secretary of State landed in Kuala Lumpur airport, starting his two-day trip to Malaysia.

SEA Games 29: Stadiums ready for big days

All the five stadiums in Malaysia selected to host the 29th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games 29) are ready for the biggest sport festival of the region, which will open on August 19.

Flag raising ceremony marks ASEAN’s 50th anniversary in Hanoi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a flag raising ceremony in Hanoi on August 8 on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 22 years of Vietnam’s membership in the association.

AMM 50: Development orientations rolled out for ASEAN Community

The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reviewed the bloc’s achievements recorded over the past 50 years and put forth major development orientations for the ASEAN Community in the time ahead.

Former Cambodian Deputy PM arrested for drug-related offence

Former Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Khmer National United Party (KNUP) Nhiek Bunchhay has been arrested for links with drug production in Kampong Speu province in 2007, according to Cambodia’s most visited newswire Fresh News on August 3.

Australia boosts relations with Southeast Asian nations

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop began her six-day visit to Thailand and the Philippines on August 2 to enhance the bilateral relations and promote Australia’s economic and security benefits in Southeast Asia.

ASEAN youngsters discuss regional economic development issues

Eighty students and young professionals from the ten ASEAN countries gathered at a four day workshop which opened in Hanoi on August 1 to discuss the most pressing issues facing economic growth in Southeast Asia.

Art exhibition marks ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary

Achievements made by the member states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been nudged closer to our international friends through a contemporary art exhibition opened at the ASEAN Secretariat Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 28.

Vietnam backs two-state solution for Israel-Palestine conflict

Vietnam welcomes continued efforts of the League of Arab States to re-launch serious peace negotiations based on a two-state solution, said Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN.

Indonesia: At least eight people killed in boat capsize

A speedboat with 51 people onboard capsized off North Kalimantan province in central Indonesia on July 25, killing at least eight people, including two German tourists.

ASEAN promotes tourism development strategy for 2016-2025

The 46th meeting of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) opened in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on July 24, gathering over 100 delegates, leaders and officials from ASEAN tourism authorities, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Tourism Association.

SOM 3 to continue with APEC cooperation issues

The APEC-2017 third Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM3), scheduled for August 18-30 in Ho Chi Minh City, will accelerate the implementation of the cooperation contents of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), said the Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

Thailand convicts major human trafficking network

A Bangkok court in Thailand convicted dozens on July 19 in a major human trafficking case which was uncovered in 2015, involving more than 100 defendants and a senior army officer.

Malaysian police busts big transnational drug ring

Malaysia’s Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) has just busted a big transnational drug trafficking ring, the agency’s director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said at a press conference on July 16.

APEC members discuss sustainable finance

The international community will face many challenges in implementing finance in the future, necessitating a solution that balances the goals of finance, integration and consumer protection, in the context of global development.

Malaysia stops granting work permits to DPRK labourers

The Malaysian Government has stopped issuing work permits for people from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after the murder of a DPRK citizen at a Malaysian airport earlier this year, according to Kyodo news agency.

Protocol signed between Vietnam and Laos on adjustment of good transit deal

A protocol aiming to adjust the goods transit agreement between Vietnam and Laos has been signed, creating more favourable conditions for the transit of goods between the two countries.