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SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

SINGAPORE— Leaders of Southeast Asian nations have pushed back yet again an agreement on a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy Wednesday at their annual summit. In convening talks among the leaders of countries participating in the plan, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a final agreement on the deal, which … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian-centered trade deal set for further delays

SINGAPORE | The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

SINGAPORE — The Latest on the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, meeting this week in Singapore (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a final agreement on a Southeast Asian-centered free trade agreement will be pushed back until 2019. Lee’s comments Wednesday confirmed earlier expectations that … Continue reading SINGAPORE | The Latest: Southeast Asian-centered trade pact delayed

SINGAPORE | Pence says Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya ‘without excuse’

SINGAPORE — Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rebuffed criticism over her government‘s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Suu Kyi on Wednesday that the violence, which led more than 700,000 of the country’s Rohingya minority to flee for Bangladesh since August 2017, was “without excuse.” Pence also … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Pence says Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya ‘without excuse’

SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian summit puts focus on trade tensions, trends

SINGAPORE  — The potential damage to the global trade brought on by President Donald Trump‘s tariffs battle with Beijing is looming as leaders of Southeast Asian nations, China, the U.S. and other regional economies meet in Singapore this week. Newly imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s exports resulting from a battle … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Southeast Asian summit puts focus on trade tensions, trends

TOKYO | Pence to visit Japan on start of Asian tour next week

TOKYO— U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan next week to discuss North Korea and other issues ahead of two key regional meetings. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Thursday that Pence will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials during his visit on Monday and Tuesday. Suga says … Continue reading TOKYO | Pence to visit Japan on start of Asian tour next week