U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit kicks off in Washington without Myanmar

The United States followed ASEAN’s lead in refusing to invite coup leader Min Aung Hlaing but offering a spot to a “non-political representative” of Myanmar—an offer the junta has consistently refused.

ASEAN, United States reaffirm commitment to expand strategic partnership

The meeting took note that the long-standing ASEAN-U.S. partnership has expanded to cover a wide range of areas of cooperation undertaken across the three pillars of ASEAN Community.

What ASEAN takes to Washington

Biden has made a point of stressing ASEAN centrality, and for the attending ASEAN leaders this is a chance to set out regional priorities to a superpower whose influence, if receding, is still substantial.

ASEAN and the United States to Convene a Special Summit in Washington D.C. on 12-13 May 2022

ASEAN Leaders and President Joe Biden will meet to discuss ways and means to intensify cooperation in various areas, including COVID-19 response and global health security, climate change, sustainable development, maritime cooperation, human capital development, education and people-to-people ties

Thailand Working to Upgrade Status on Human Trafficking Watchlist

Thailand was demoted from Tier 2 to Tier 2 Watchlist in 2021. The government hopes that its efforts to combat human trafficking would allow Thailand to be reinstated on the Tier 2 list in 2022.

How East Asia has controlled coronavirus, and what it means for its recovery

Vietnam’s crisis response has been representative of East Asia’s impressive ability to stem the spread of COVID-19. It has reported zero deaths from COVID-19, compared to 846 confirmed deaths per million in Belgium.

Is America back in Southeast Asia ?

After a slow start, the Biden administration has begun to secure confirmation of some top diplomatic appointees for Southeast Asia. However several important posts, like Thailand or the Philippines, remain vacant.

Why Singapore is an Exciting Investment Destination for US Investors

More than 4,500 US companies are registered in Singapore, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Pfizer, among others, making the US the largest foreign investor in Singapore