Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, together with other leaders from ASEAN member countries, yesterday attended the plenary session of the ongoing 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore. In his opening address, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long of the host country raised important issues that Southeast Asian countries would need to focus on: the need to build a peaceful, stable and rule-based region, sustaining the economic dynamism of ASEAN, and strengthening the bloc’s capacity to effectively ensure regional security and stability. ASEAN would continue to collaborate with partners to address challenges facing an interdependent and interconnected world, PM Lee said. "We are determined to maintain an open, inclusive and ASEAN-centric regional architecture," the Singaporean leader added. ASEAN leaders, at the event, shared the view that ASEAN unity and centrality would need to be further consolidated if the regional bloc is … [Read more...] about 33rd ASEAN Summit opens with message of multilateralism
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* The Communist Party of China (CPC) will launch a new round of disciplinary inspections to specifically target poor implementation of poverty-alleviation policies. * Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with visiting Angolan President Joao Lourenco in Beijing Tuesday, agreeing to continue developing bilateral ties. * US President Donald Trump said on October 9 that his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will be held after the mid-term Congressional elections in early November. * Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend the 17th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Tajikistan city of Dushanbe, pay official visits to Tajikistan and the Netherlands, attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Brussels and pay a working visit to Belgium, from October 11 to 19. * US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he was going to name a new US ambassador to … [Read more...] about World News in Brief: October 10
Trump says next summit with North Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. electionsThe Saigon Times Daily U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un meet at the start of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6. Speaking to reporters as he flew to Iowa for a political rally, Trump said: “It’ll be after the midterms. I just can’t leave now.” Earlier on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that plans were being made for his second summit with Kim and that he thought “incredible” progress had been made in U.S. talks with the long-isolated North Asian country. He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had very good talks with Kim over the weekend and that three or four locations were … [Read more...] about Trump says next summit with North Korea’s Kim to come after November U.S. elections
Emerging Asia, which covers India, China, and Southeast Asia, will be revelling in an economic growth rate of 6.3 percent annually from 2018 to 2022, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But there’s a hitch: Asia is also waist-deep in alarming projections of deaths, damages to livelihoods and properties, and worsening inequality because of disasters and climate change. Asia’s robust economic growth is not underwritten. The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s largest scientific body formed to study climate change, found that “People living in low-lying coastal zones and floodplains are probably most at risk from climate change impacts in Asia. Half of Asia’s urban population lives in these areas. Compounding the risk for coastal communities, Asia has more than 90 percent of the global population exposed to tropical cyclones.” Poverty and inequality in … [Read more...] about Asia: Rising economic star or poster child for disaster?
(Photo: AFP/VNA)Delegations from the two sides began the talks at 10h00 local time, as scheduled, at a hotel in the DPRK’s resort mountain of Kumgang. The two sides have agreed to discuss the reunion of separated families and "proceed with reunion programs" around August 15th, the day marking the 73rd anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from the 1910-1945 Japanese colonial rule, according to the Panmunjom Declaration signed by DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and RoK’s President Moon Jae-in at their first summit on April 27th. Data showed that the registered number of Koreans seeking to meet their loved ones in the DPRK totaled 132,124 as of end-May, of which only about 57,000 remains alive. Some 86 percent of them are in their 70s and older. Earlier, the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un on April 27th officially stepped over a cracked slab of concrete on the world’s most heavily armed border to greet the RoK President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders met at … [Read more...] about DPRK, RoK to hold talks on humanitarian issues, family reunions