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ASEAN; Norway: Partnership Plans Announced

(Aug. 24, 2015) According to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, Norway has been invited to create a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is the first Western European country to forge such a relationship with the ten-member organization. (Norway to Enter into Partnership with ASEAN, NORWAY POST […]

ASEAN; Indonesia: Regional Haze Agreement Ratified

(Sept. 22, 2014) On September 16, 2014, Indonesia ratified the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (Haze Agreement), initially signed in 2002. It was the last of the ten signatory nations to ratify the pact; the other participants are Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and […]

ASEAN; Indonesia: Indonesia Urged to Ratify Smog Treaty

(July 8, 2013) On June 30, 2013, the other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged Indonesia to ratify a treaty designed to limit smog pollution across borders, the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. The statement was part of a joint communiqué from a meeting of the foreign ministers of the […]

ASEAN: Leaders Adopt Human Rights Declaration

(Nov. 21, 2012) Leaders of the ten-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), during their annual summit held this year in Cambodia from November 18 to 20, endorsed a declaration on human rights. (ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, ASEAN website (Nov. 19, 2012).) The stated aims of the declaration are to respect and promote “human rights […]

ASEAN: Free Trade Agreement Planned

(Nov. 8, 2012) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is planning to initiate a regional free trade agreement (FTA) in November 2012. In the agreement, ASEAN will partner with six nations, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, in what is being called a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. (Sri Wahyuni & Linda […]

ASEAN: Foreign Ministers Discuss Conduct Code for South China Sea

(Apr. 5, 2012) On April 2, 2012, foreign ministers of the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, discussed a proposed code of conduct for handling territorial disputes in the area of the South China Sea. Such disputes have long been a source of contention among the […]

ASEAN: Single Visa Program Considered

(Mar. 22, 2011) The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, Indonesia, recently issued a five-year strategic plan for tourism in the region. A key point was the possible creation of a single tourist visa for the entire area. According to Eddy Krisneidi of ASEAN's Secretariat, “[y]ou would just have to apply […]

ASEAN: Meetings on Transnational Crime

(Nov. 24, 2009) At the seventh meeting of the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] member states' ministers responsible for combating transnational crime, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from November 17-18, 2009, the participants urged the expeditious ratification of the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism; endorsed a Comprehensive Plan of Action on Counter Terrorism; and […]

ASEAN; China: Investment Deal

(Aug. 24, 2009) On August 15, 2009, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People's Republic of China concluded the ASEAN-China Investment Agreement, the third trade-related agreement between the two parties. It was signed in Bangkok, Thailand, by the economic ministers of the ten ASEAN nations and by China's Trade Minister, Chen Deming, […]

ASEAN: Regional Forum Adopts Counterterrorism Work Plan; Rules for Emergency Group Also Approved

(Aug. 6, 2009) On July 23, 2009, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum, or ARF, adopted the ARF Work Plan for Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime. The ARF comprises the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Brunei Darusssalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – plus Australia, […]