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For first time, Chinese troops take part in Asia-US military exercises
The Cobra Gold Drills are held in Thailand, with ASEAN, Japanese and South Korean troops. The soldiers have to kill cobras and drink their blood. Observers include Russia, Pakistan and Vietnam. Beijing troops only part of exercises related to emergencies. China is also invited to maritime exercises in the Pacific Ocean.
09/01/2013 ASEAN - CHINA
ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes
This is the aim of the organisation's new secretary general, Vietnam's Le Luong Minh, who wants a new round of discussions to reach a global code of conduct. Rules on navigation and borders are not only a regional issue, but something vital for everyone.
29/08/2012 CHINA - ASEAN
By 2015 Yuan could be main currency of South East Asia, replacing the dollar and euro
Trade between the ASEAN and China is increasingly using the Chinese currency. Its use will grow by 2015, when ASEAN becomes a free trade area. The use of dollar and euro decreases, due to the economic crisis of the West.
23/04/2013 ASIA - CHINA - KOREA
South China Sea and economic development at the center of the Asean summit
Tomorrow the 22nd summit of the countries of Southeast Asia begins in Brunei. After the failure of the previous meeting in Phnom Penh, search is on for a common approach to resolve tensions with Beijing. The nations ask for a "continued commitment" and a binding "code of conduct". North Korea’s nuclear issues: a call for "moderation" between Seoul and Pyongyang.
20/11/2012 CHINA - USA - ASEAN
Asean Summit, no agreement between the U.S. and Cina regarding the South China Sea
Barack Obama meets Wen Jiabao and reminds him of the "common responsibility" of the economy and territorial disputes. The outgoing Chinese Premier smiles but does not answer. Meanwhile, the Philippine president attacks Cambodia: "They say that we have reached an agreement on the issue of the disputed territories, but it is not true." And Europe slips in the ranking of commercial relations with Beijing.
Next ASEAN summit to focus on South China Sea tensions
Hanoi and Manila intend to raise the issue during the 24th plenary assembly, which opens today in Myanmar’s capital. On the agenda: Beijing “provocations” and the recent clashes between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels. Uncertainty on the final declaration or whether it might contain references to individual incidents. "Consultations" underway.
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