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  • Reuters

    ASEAN appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

    Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have appointed Brunei's second minister for foreign affairs, Erywan Yusof, as special envoy to Myanmar,the group said on Wednesday. Erywan has been tasked with ending violence in Myanmar and opening dialogue between the military rulers and their opponents in the crisis-torn country, according to a communique released after meetings on Monday and Wednesday by the bloc's foreign ministers. Instead, the communique called fo

  • Reuters

    Britain granted 'dialogue partner' status by Southeast Asian bloc

    LONDON (Reuters) -Britain has been granted "dialogue partner" status by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a step forward in London's push to build stronger diplomatic ties in Asia following its exit from the European Union. Britain has been seeking the status as part of its post-Brexit policy shift to focus more on the high-growth economies of Asia and the Indo-Pacific, and away from the EU which it left in 2020.

  • Associated Press

    ASEAN ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

    Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough for regional mediation aimed at ending the country's deepening crisis after months of delay. The foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asians said Erywan will begin his work in Myanmar to “build trust and confidence with full access to all parties concerned." The 10-nation bloc has been under increasing international pressure to ac

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    U.S., Indonesia commit to South China Sea defense in 'strategic dialogue'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Tuesday the launch of a "strategic dialogue" with Indonesia, and Washington said the two countries committed to working together on issues that include defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Meeting in Washington, Blinken and Indonesian Foreign Minster Retno Marsudi also committed to work together against COVID-19 and the climate crisis and to boost bilateral trade and economic ties, the State Department

  • Reuters

    Empresas financieras planean acelerar el cierre de plantas de carbón en Asia -fuentes

    Por Clara Denina y Melanie Burton LONDRES / MELBOURNE, 3 ago (Reuters) - Firmas del sector financiero como la aseguradora británica Prudential, los bancos Citi y HSBC y el fondo BlackRock Real Assets están ideando planes para acelerar el cierre de las centrales eléctricas de carbón de Asia, a fin de reducir la mayor fuente de emisiones de carbono del mundo, dijeron cinco personas con conocimiento de la iniciativa. La novedosa propuesta, impulsada por el Banco Asiático de Desarrollo, ofrece un mo

  • Associated Press

    Diplomats: ASEAN waiting on Myanmar approval of envoy

    Southeast Asia’s top diplomats have tentatively chosen a special envoy to help deal with the violent political crisis gripping Myanmar but must wait on approval from the military-ruled nation’s leaders before announcing it, two diplomats said Tuesday. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations want to designate Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as special envoy to Myanmar, a decision reached in their annual meeting Monday, the two Southeast Asian diplomats sai

  • Reuters

    Exclusive-ADB, Citi, HSBC, Prudential hatch plan for Asian coal-fired closures -sources

    Financial firms including British insurer Prudential, lenders Citi and HSBC and BlackRock Real Assets are devising plans to speed the closure of Asia's coal-fired power plants in order to lower the biggest source of carbon emissions, five people with knowledge of the initiative said. The novel proposal, which is being driven by the Asian Development Bank, offers a potentially workable model and early talks with Asian governments and multilateral banks are promising, the sources told Reuters. T

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    U.S. says Myanmar poll plan shows need for ASEAN to step up efforts

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The plan by Myanmar's ruling generals to hold elections in two years shows they are stalling for time and the need for Southeast Asian countries to step up pressure on them, a senior State Department official said on Monday. "It's clear that the Burmese junta is just stalling for time and wants to keep prolonging the calendar to its own advantage," the official told reporters ahead of a ministerial meeting this week between the United States and the 10-member Association o

  • Associated Press

    UN calls Myanmar military actions moves away from democracy

    The United Nations on Monday called the Myanmar military’s election delay and extension of the state of emergency a move in the wrong direction from international calls for the restoration of democracy. Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, declared himself prime minister Sunday and said he would lead the country during the extended emergency until elections are held in about two years. “It’s not taking us in the rig

  • Reuters

    Myanmar shadow government condemns army ruler for taking PM role

    Military ruler Min Aung Hlaing made the announcement in a speech on Sunday, six months after the army seized power by overthrowing an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The "Provisional Government" replaces the State Administration Council (SAC) chaired by Min Aung Hlaing that has run Myanmar since the coup.

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