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Nov 19, 2012

Tensions flare over South China Sea at Asian summit

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Japan warned on Monday that a row over the South China Sea could damage “peace and stability” in Asia as China stalled on a plan to ease tensions and disagreements flared between the Philippines and Cambodia over the contentious territorial issue.

The acrimony provided an uneasy backdrop to U.S. President Barack Obama’s arrival in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for a regional summit. He is expected to urge China and Southeast Asian nations to resolve the row over the South China Sea, one of Asia’s biggest security issues.

Nov 18, 2012

Southeast Asia calls for talks with China on sea dispute

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations displayed a rare show of unity on Sunday against China’s sweeping maritime claims, calling for the first formal talks with Beijing over a sea dispute that has raised tensions and exposed deep divisions in the region.

As Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Cambodia for meetings with Southeast Asian leaders, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) appeared determined to avoid a repeat of an embarrassing breakdown of talks in July over competing claims in the mineral-rich South China Sea, its biggest security challenge.

Nov 17, 2012

SE Asia to adopt human rights platform; condemned by activists

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations have agreed to sign their first joint declaration on human rights, but the document was condemned by rights groups as failing to meet international standards and as leaving the door open for countries to crack down on freedoms.

The commitment by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to be signed on Sunday in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, comes as several of its 10 member countries come under growing scrutiny over an apparent deterioration in human rights.

Nov 17, 2012

Southeast Asia to adopt human rights platform; condemned by activists

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations have agreed to sign their first joint declaration on human rights, but the document was condemned by rights groups as failing to meet international standards and as leaving the door open for countries to crack down on freedoms.

The commitment by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to be signed on Sunday in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, comes as several of its 10 member countries come under growing scrutiny over an apparent deterioration in human rights.

Nov 12, 2012

Insight: Land conflict, impunity dim Cambodia’s awakening

NEAR BROMA VILLAGE, Cambodia (Reuters) – Cambodia’s transformation from war-torn basket-case to one of Asia’s most promising emerging economies is being overshadowed by a backwards lurch in human rights and land policies that critics say are entrenching poverty.

Next week’s visit by Barack Obama, the first by a U.S. president, will in some ways set the seal on the emergence of Cambodia’s $13 billion economy under Prime Minister Hun Sen as it draws unprecedented interest from investors.

Nov 12, 2012

Land conflict, impunity dim Cambodia’s awakening

NEAR BROMA VILLAGE, Cambodia, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Cambodia’s
transformation from war-torn basket-case to one of Asia’s most
promising emerging economies is being overshadowed by a
backwards lurch in human rights and land policies that critics
say are entrenching poverty.

Next week’s visit by Barack Obama, the first by a U.S.
president, will in some ways set the seal on the emergence of
Cambodia’s $13 billion economy under Prime Minister Hun Sen as
it draws unprecedented interest from investors.

Nov 6, 2012

Europe presses Asia to open economies, boost demand

VIENTIANE (Reuters) – Europe pressed Asian countries on Tuesday to open their economies further and urged China to ramp up domestic demand as it seeks to tap into the faster-growing region and ease the effects of its long-running economic crisis.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the 49 countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) agreed to a “strong rejection of protectionism” at a two-day summit in Vientiane, Laos.

Nov 5, 2012

Hedging China risks, Japan firms turn to booming Southeast Asia

PHNOM PENH, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Hiroshi Uematsu had a tough
start in Cambodia, where he heads an economic zone that aims to
attract business from his native Japan. He arrived just before
the global financial crisis sent the Asian economic minnow’s
exports into a tailspin and dried up investment interest.

Now, though, business is looking up.

About a third of the lots on the 365-hectare (900-acre) site
on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh remain vacant and
overgrown, roamed by scrawny cattle. But they are being snapped
up by household Japanese company names such as Yamaha Motor
, food maker Ajinomoto and electronics firm
Minebea.

Oct 20, 2012

Canada blocks $5.2 bln Petronas bid for Progress Energy

TORONTO/KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Canada has blocked
Malaysian state oil firm Petronas’ C$5.17 billion ($5.2 billion)
bid for gas producer Progress Energy Resources in a
surprise move that could signal problems for a much larger
Chinese deal in the country’s energy sector.

Canada’s announcement late on Friday, minutes before a
deadline, was a blow to Petronas, whose domestic oil
supplies are shrinking and which has been seeking to boost its
resources beyond Malaysia and volatile areas such as Sudan.

Oct 20, 2012

Canada blocks Petronas’ $5.2 billion bid for Progress Energy

TORONTO/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Canada has blocked Malaysian state oil firm Petronas’ C$5.17 billion ($5.22 billion) bid for gas producer Progress Energy Resources Corp, a surprise move that could signal problems for a much bigger offer by China’s CNOOC Ltd for oil producer Nexen Inc.

The announcement late on Friday in Canada is a blow to the expansion plans of Petronas as its domestic oil supplies shrink and it seeks to boost its resources beyond Malaysia and volatile areas such as Sudan.

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