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Every year at the ASEAN summit, countries agree that they would pursue a code of conduct in the South China Sea.

Every. Single. Year.

Invariably, it fails. I don't see things changing this year.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  ASEAN avoids criticism of Suu Kyi, Rohingya crisis at summit  
 
     
 
  Asean expressed solidarity with the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in promoting humanitarian assistance to ease tensions and conflict in Rakhine state, rather than issuing a critical statement over Myanmar’s handling of the Rohingya crisis. While Indonesian President Joko Widodo, leader of the world’s largest Muslim country, said he was “very concerned” about the humanitarian crisis, no harsh criticism was made against Myanmar’s de facto civilian leader Suu Kyi in her handling of the Rohingya situation, which has resulted in more than 600,000 refugees fleeing across the border to Bangladesh.

Asean countries will continue to emphasize the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management in providing aid to affected areas in Southeast Asia, including Rakhine state. The Rakhine crisis has been widely discussed by Asean leaders during the Philippines summit. Suu Kyi welcomed international aid during the 40th Asean-US Summit yesterday but she did not elaborate further on the matter, Philippine presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday during a press briefing in Manila.
 
 
 
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The economic future of ASEAN
 
   
 
With the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the 10 member-states seek to create a single market and production base for the free flow of goods, services, investments and skilled labor in the region.
 
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ASEAN to negotiate South China Sea code of conduct
 
   
 
China and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations said on Monday they would begin talks on details of a code of conduct in the South China Sea. Premier Li Keqiang made the proposal at the 20th China-ASEAN (10+1) leaders' meeting in Manila on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said.
 
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US to step up pressure on Myanmar army
 
   
 
In the face of widespread "atrocities" against ethnic Rohingya people in Myanmar, the United States has been cautiously stepping up pressure on Myanmar's army, while taking care to avoid endangering the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
 
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  Japan and Germany both appreciate long-term thinking  
 
     
 
  Japan’s tourism industry has flourished due to the steadily increasing number of foreign visitors over the past few years. Donald Bunkenburg, senior director for Japan and Korea of the Lufthansa Group, has more than 30 years of industry experience, and is carefully watching the changes in Japan from his perspectives as a businessman and as a private individual.

He says, "I would say we have a reliable and consistent history in Japan. And that is something that is very much appreciated by the Japanese customer. You know, if you look at the two countries, these are countries that think very long-term. Japan is thinking in long-term planning, Germany thinks of long-term planning, and Lufthansa reflects the country it comes from."
 
 
 
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