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December 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Friday on a draft accord to fight terrorism and border crime, including measures to create joint rapid-response forces. The United States has offered to help countries in Southeast Asia act against militant groups, saying it fears that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terror group seeks to turn the area into a hub for operations.
December 24, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
YANGON, Myanmar - It was a subtle, but effective, way for critics to rankle the brutal generals running the country during the darkest days of global isolation: Call the nation Burma rather than Myanmar. The message: We don't believe your rule is legitimate. Over the years, that tug of words became highly politicized. "Everyone gets confused with the terminology," said Tin May Thein, executive director of Asia21 MJ Co., a Yangon consultancy. "It can make you go a bit crazy. " Now that Myanmar is opening up to the world, easing media restrictions and freeing more political prisoners, the linguistic and political battle lines are blurring.
Declaring the region's economic crisis over, leaders of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Sunday to increase cooperation with Japan, China and South Korea and to accelerate moves toward the establishment of a common market, similar to the European Union.
November 18, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
President Obama's decision to send Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on a groundbreaking trip to long-isolated Myanmar next month signals U.S. confidence in a recent flurry of political reforms by the repressive regime that has ruled the country for five decades. For three months, administration officials have hailed signs of democratic change but questioned the motives of the ruling military elite, which has jailed its opponents and engaged in human rights abuses to maintain political control of the resource-rich but impoverished Southeast Asian nation.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrived in Malaysia on Friday to begin talks on how to defuse the Cambodian crisis, an effort that U.S. officials now concede may be prolonged and whose results may not be fully realized until scheduled parliamentary elections next year. Albright will meet over the next three days with counterparts in the Assn.
March 14, 1987 | From Reuters
The Assn. of SouthEast Asian Nations is considering a request from Papua New Guinea to become its seventh member, Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja said Friday.
July 26, 1997 | Associated Press
The foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations blamed "well-coordinated efforts" for a series of speculative attacks that have pushed their currencies sharply lower in recent weeks. The ministers, attending a meeting of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, said "self-serving purposes" motivated the campaign to drive down their currencies. They did not identify the guilty parties by name.
November 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Southeast Asian leaders, stung by the possibility of plunging tourism and investment, pledged stronger action against terrorists. In a statement ahead of today's opening of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, they said: "We resolve to intensify our efforts ... to prevent, counter and suppress the activities of terrorist groups." Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said that could include joint military efforts.
July 5, 1988
Foreign ministers from Southeast Asia's non-Communist alliance called for a U.N.-sponsored conference in early 1989 to deal with the region's thousands of refugees. Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, the officials of the six-member Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations said a 1979 Geneva agreement needs to be overhauled because "the structures, premises and assumptions of the past are no longer capable of dealing with the Vietnamese 'boat people' problem."
May 24, 1989 | From Times wire services
The global flow of news serves only wealthy countries and harms developing nations' interests, Indonesian President Suharto said today. "This is definitely unfair and we have to rectify it," he said, opening the first conference of information ministers of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations. Advanced countries are flooded with news that is "destroying the image of developing countries." The struggle to correct this "represents the one being waged for the creation of Southeast Asia as a zone of peace, freedom and neutrality," he said.
November 17, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
President Obama announced Friday that he is sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Myanmar next month, citing progress made by the government in releasing political prisoners, loosening media restrictions and opening its repressive political system. Obama, in a brief statement during a series of summit meetings in Bali, Indonesia, said Clinton will be the first secretary of State to visit the country in half a century and will make the case that Myanmar's leaders must keep moving toward a more open, democratic government.
October 26, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration was encouraged by Myanmar's recent release of some prisoners under a "humanitarian" amnesty but wants to see more reforms before the U.S. considers lifting economic sanctions on the impoverished nation, officials say. The military government in the Southeast Asian nation has appeared more flexible with political opponents in major cities, but violence has continued against ethnic minorities in the rural north and east, Derek...
May 15, 2011 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A muddy, weed-choked field in the hills of northern Cambodia is the last resting place of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, chief instigator of a communist regime that enslaved a nation, dismantled its social and cultural institutions and took the lives of 2 million or more people. In life, he was a cipher, known only to a handful of confederates. He died of a reported heart attack in 1998, with his revolution collapsed around him. While United Nations-backed war crimes trials of surviving Khmer Rouge henchmen drag on in Phnom Penh, and another strongman, Hun Sen, also considered oppressive, rules the country, the Cambodian people go about their business.
October 13, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
China moved Tuesday to ease its conflict with Southeast Asian neighbors over its territorial claims, releasing Vietnamese fishermen jailed for working in disputed waters and softening its language at a meeting of defense ministers. The moves suggested that Beijing is rethinking its aggressive assertion of claims to disputed waters and islands, which has heightened tensions with its neighbors. At a meeting in Hanoi with defense ministers of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations, Chinese officials avoided their previous declarations that the South China Sea is a "core interest.
February 28, 2009 | Charles McDermid and Jakkapun Kaewsangthong
Selling snacks and cigarettes from a shack near the posh Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Nayom Pai-Sri had seen his share of bigwigs, but nothing like the processions that rolled through Friday. There was the nine-car motorcade of Cambodian Prime Minster Hun Sen, then Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, followed by the ruling generals of Myanmar and even the sultan of Brunei. The heads of state had arrived in sleepy, seaside Hua Hin for this weekend's annual meeting of the Assn.
September 7, 2007 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday promised more than $1 billion in advanced weapons to Indonesia and pressed for closer military and economic ties to this longtime U.S. ally in Southeast Asia. Putin, the first Russian leader to visit Indonesia since former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev did so in the 1950s, agreed to provide two Kilo-class submarines, 20 amphibious tanks and 22 passenger and attack helicopters.
April 10, 2007 | From the Associated Press
East Timor's presidential election appeared headed toward a runoff Monday, raising fears of prolonged instability in a young nation that nearly descended into civil war a year ago. Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta, who won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for championing East Timor's struggle to end decades of brutal Indonesian rule, initially had been seen as the favorite for the five-year presidency.
June 5, 2006 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
The police officers, more than 60 in all, surrendered their weapons to the United Nations and marched out the gate of the national police headquarters. Walking at the head of the column was a U.N. official holding a blue U.N. flag to show that the group was under his protection. When the police reached the Ministry of Justice a block away, members of the fledgling nation's army were waiting. At least two soldiers opened fire, killing 10 police officers and wounding 27, including two of the U.N.
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