Stronger ASEAN–US ties hinge on careful cooperation

The ever-changing US position towards Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War has been the subject of continued debate, especially regarding US consistency and reliability.

Thailand joins Indo-Pacific framework with 12 other countries

The 13 initial members of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), are the U.S., Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei

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.