BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of
State John Kerry gave tacit backing to the Philippines’ stance
in a tense maritime dispute with China on Thursday, saying that
all countries had a right to seek arbitration to resolve
competing territorial claims.
The Philippines, a U.S. ally, has angered China by launching
an arbitration case with the United Nations to challenge the
legal validity of Beijing’s sweeping claims over the
resource-rich South China Sea.
Breaking news – #ASEAN agrees to intensify efforts to achieve closer integration and cooperation. Take that, ASEAN sceptics and haters.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Reuters) – When then U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton declared two years ago “We are back to
stay” as a power in Asia, the most dramatic symbol of the policy
shift was the planned deployment of 2,500 U.S. Marines in
northern Australia, primed to respond to any regional conflict.
At this point in time, however, there is not a single U.S.
Marine in the tropical northern city of Darwin, according to the
Australian defence ministry. Two hundred Marines just finished
their six-month tour and will not be replaced until next year,
when 1,150 Marines are due to arrive.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s former prime
minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
haven’t agreed on much, if anything, in the 15 years since the
latter was ousted from Mahathir’s government and then jailed on
sodomy and corruption charges.
But a U.S.-led trade pact – the most ambitious since the
demise of the Doha round of global talks – has succeeded in
uniting the great rivals in condemnation of what they see as a
U.S. plot to impose its economic model on Asia.