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US president Joe Biden hosts ASEAN to demonstrate US hasn't lost focus on the Pacific
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US president Joe Biden hosts ASEAN to demonstrate US hasn't lost focus on the Pacific

The ASEAN nations include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. However leaders from Myanmar and the Philippines, are not expected to attend the summit

Beijing's military bases on three islands in South China Sea threaten littoral nations
World

Beijing's military bases on three islands in South China Sea threaten littoral nations

The information was provided by US Indo-Pacific commander Admiral John C Aquilino who said ‘China has upgraded fully their potentialities and the expansion of military equipment is definitely undermining the region’

ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after bloc excludes junta chief from meet
World

ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after bloc excludes junta chief from meet

Myanmar’s refusal to let a special envoy meet ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi prompted the group to exclude junta chief Min Aung Hlaing from this week's summit

Joe Biden to host in-person Quad Summit at White House on 24 September, Narendra Modi to attend
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Joe Biden to host in-person Quad Summit at White House on 24 September, Narendra Modi to attend

The Quad summit will take place amid China's aggressive behaviour in the resource-rich South China Sea

US postpones southeast Asian leaders' March meeting due to coronavirus spread, say reports
India

US postpones southeast Asian leaders' March meeting due to coronavirus spread, say reports

The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus, a senior Trump administration official said Friday

Narendra Modi meets Shinzo Abe on sidelines of 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok for delegation-level meeting
India

Narendra Modi meets Shinzo Abe on sidelines of 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok for delegation-level meeting

Along with PM, EAM S Jaishankar, Commerce and Industry minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries attended the meeting

Donald Trump invites ASEAN leaders to 'special summit' in US next year after skipping ongoing annual meet
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Donald Trump invites ASEAN leaders to 'special summit' in US next year after skipping ongoing annual meet

President Donald Trump has invited ASEAN leaders to a 'special summit' in the United States early next year after skipping their ongoing annual summit in Thailand.

Daily Bulletin: Narendra Modi to begin two-day visit to Thailand, RCEP negotiations on cards; Sonia Gandhi to meet all Congress presidents; day's top stories
India

Daily Bulletin: Narendra Modi to begin two-day visit to Thailand, RCEP negotiations on cards; Sonia Gandhi to meet all Congress presidents; day's top stories

Here are today's top stories: Narendra Modi to begin two-day visit to Thailand for ASEAN-India, East Asia and RCEP summits today; West Bengal govt to facilitate return of 131 people working in Jammu and Kashmir; and more

Narendra Modi to visit Thailand from 2 to 4 November for ASEAN-India, East Asia and RCEP summits
India

Narendra Modi to visit Thailand from 2 to 4 November for ASEAN-India, East Asia and RCEP summits

Modi will be visiting Bangkok at the invitation of Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Mike Pompeo to visit India as part of trip to Indo-Pacific starting 24 June; will focus on China's rising influence in region
World

Mike Pompeo to visit India as part of trip to Indo-Pacific starting 24 June; will focus on China's rising influence in region

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said that his visit to New Delhi in June will be focused on advancing the the "incredibly important" ties with India which is a significant part of president Donald Trump's strategy in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

Los Angeles calls for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels as sultanate brings in law of death by stoning for homosexuality, adultery
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Los Angeles calls for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels as sultanate brings in law of death by stoning for homosexuality, adultery

The new Islamic penal code, or Sharia law, which is to come into force in the tiny southeast Asian sultanate on Wednesday, has already drawn fierce criticism from rights groups and the United Nations

Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by Sultan of Brunei over nation's anti-gay laws
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Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by Sultan of Brunei over nation's anti-gay laws

George Clooney and Elton John have demanded to boycott 9 hotels linked to Sultan of Brunei, after the nation enacted new laws making homosexual acts punishable by death

Narendra Modi meets Southeast Asian leaders at ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore: Maritime cooperation, trade highlighted
India

Narendra Modi meets Southeast Asian leaders at ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore: Maritime cooperation, trade highlighted

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday participated in the ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit in Singapore and underlined the need for maritime cooperation and centrality of trade for the prosperity of the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

Japanese submarine conducts first drills in South China Sea; move set to raise hackles of Beijing
World

Japanese submarine conducts first drills in South China Sea; move set to raise hackles of Beijing

The Maritime Self Defense Force submarine Kuroshio conducted a naval exercise on Thursday with other Japanese warships in the South China Sea, including the Kaga helicopter carrier, which is on a two-month tour of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

India to form group of ministers to resolve issues regarding proposed RCEP agreement among ASEAN countries, FTA partners
India

India to form group of ministers to resolve issues regarding proposed RCEP agreement among ASEAN countries, FTA partners

The government will set up a group of ministers (GoM) to look into issues related to the proposed mega free trade agreement RCEP, official sources said.

China resumes activities in Doka La but no steps taken by India, Bhutan to dissuade it, says top US official in Congressional meet
India

China resumes activities in Doka La but no steps taken by India, Bhutan to dissuade it, says top US official in Congressional meet

Alice G Wells, a top US official said in a US Congressional meeting that China has been resuming military activities in Doka La but, India and Bhutan are doing nothing to prevent it

Indo-Pacific region must be 'free, open and inclusive' to avoid protectionism, says EAM Sushma Swaraj
India

Indo-Pacific region must be 'free, open and inclusive' to avoid protectionism, says EAM Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Indo-Pacific region must be “free, open and inclusive” in the India-ASEAN dialogue in Delhi on Thursday

In a first, Chinese air force lands strategic bombers on disputed South China Sea island
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In a first, Chinese air force lands strategic bombers on disputed South China Sea island

China's air force has landed bombers on islands and reefs in South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region, it said in a statement.

China says it had an 'encounter' with Australian warships in South China Sea, asserts Beijing acted 'professionally'
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China says it had an 'encounter' with Australian warships in South China Sea, asserts Beijing acted 'professionally'

Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an "encounter" in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defence ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian warships.