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India exits China-backed trade deal as 15 nations ready to sign

India exits China-backed trade deal as 15 nations ready to sign

India pulled out of a trade pact covering much of Asia, paving the way for 15 other countries to sign the China-backed regional trade deal next year.

World's biggest trade deal nears finish despite India holdout

World's biggest trade deal nears finish despite India holdout

The world's biggest trade deal is likely to move forward without India for the time being, diplomats and officials said Monday

China, SE Asian states push trade pact despite India doubts

China, SE Asian states push trade pact despite India doubts

Leaders from China and Southeast Asia states called for swift agreement on what could become the world's largest trade bloc at a regional summit on Sunday

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Beijing says 'ready to work' with ASEAN on South China Sea rules

Beijing said Sunday it is "ready to work" with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct in the flashpoint South China Sea

China warns outsiders not to "sow distrust" in South China Sea

China warns outsiders not to "sow distrust" in South China Sea

China's top diplomat on Wednesday warned outside countries not to amplify disputes in the South China Sea, where recent Chinese manoeuvring in the energy-rich waters

'Robocop' on patrol at Singapore summit

'Robocop' on patrol at Singapore summit

Hi-tech Singapore has deployed an autonomous robot with a swivelling camera for a head and flashing lights to patrol a summit venue -- arresting the attention of amused passers-by who stopped to snap selfies.

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Singapore's prime minister made an impassioned plea Monday for open markets and warned ‘political pressures’ were driving countries apart, in a swipe at rising protectionism at the start of a gathering of world leaders.

Amir’s visit to Asean states to forge closer bilateral ties

Amir’s visit to Asean states to forge closer bilateral ties

Dato Ahmad Fadil bin Shamsuddin cited the Amir’s state visits to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2017, which paved the way to strengthen bilateral relations and close co-operation in various fields.

SE Asia faces threats from IS, cyberattacks, summit hears

SE Asia faces threats from IS, cyberattacks, summit hears

Southeast Asia faces ‘very real’ threats from the Islamic State (IS) group despite their defeat in the Middle East, as well as cyberattacks, Singapore's prime minister warned Saturday at a regional summit.

Southeast Asia, Australia ‘gravely’ concerned by North Korean weapons

Southeast Asia, Australia ‘gravely’ concerned by North Korean weapons

Southeast Asian countries and Australia said on Sunday they held ‘grave concerns’ about escalating tension caused by North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes and urged ‘irreversible’ denuclearisation.

SE Asia ministers air concerns over Beijing's activities in South China Sea

SE Asia ministers air concerns over Beijing's activities in South China Sea

Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Tuesday aired concerns over China's activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea, noting that land reclamation continued even after talks began ...

Untapped opportunities for Asean nations in Qatar, says Commercial Bank CEO

Untapped opportunities for Asean nations in Qatar, says Commercial Bank CEO

Members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) have a “wide range of opportunities” to participate in private sector projects under Qatar’s National Development Strategy 2017 – 2022, a Commercial Bank senior official has said.