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PostHeaderIcon China Deposited its Ratification of the Third Protocol Amending the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

China Deposited its Ratification of the Third Protocol Amending the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 1 November 2011 - Counsellor Wang Jinfeng, Director of the Office of ASEAN Affairs from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Jakarta, today presented the Instrument of Ratification of the Third Protocol Amending the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) to Mr Sayakane Sisouvong, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Political-Security Community.

At the event at the ASEAN Secretariat, Counsellor Wang highlighted that China was the first ASEAN Dialogue Partner to accede to the TAC and is committed to developing strategic partnership for peace and prosperity with ASEAN.

"China firmly supports the leading role of ASEAN in East Asia cooperation," said Counsellor Wang. Mr Sisouvong said that China's ratification of the Third Protocol signifies its strong support for ASEAN to ensure a durable peace and stability, as well as to continue playing an important role to create a conducive environment for cooperation in Southeast Asia and beyond.

The Protocol will enter into force following the ratification by all TAC signatories.

 

PostHeaderIcon ASEAN Defence Ministers Want to Do More for Peace and Security

ASEAN Defence Ministers Want to Do More for Peace and Security

BALI, INDONESIA, 25 October 2011 - ASEAN Defence Ministers want to undertake more cooperation to strengthen peace and security and contribute to building the ASEAN Community.

This was part of the outcome of the one-day retreat of the ASEAN Defence Ministers here yesterday, in which the Ministers and the Secretary-General of ASEAN exchanged views on ways and means of further enhancing cooperation under the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM). Ideas for developing the ADMM-Plus, in which the ASEAN Defence Ministers meet with their counterparts from eight Dialogue Partner countries (Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States) were also explored.

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PostHeaderIcon China to Open Mission to ASEAN Next Year, Premier Hints Major Initiatives at EAS in November

China to Open Mission to ASEAN Next Year, Premier Hints Major Initiatives at EAS in November

NANNING, CHINA, 21 October 2011 – China’s partnership with ASEAN will be elevated to a higher level, when Beijing opens its mission to the Southeast Asian grouping next year.

In a meeting with the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said “developing the strategic relationship with ASEAN is an important platform of China’s diplomacy,” and other than the opening of the mission in Jakarta, the inauguration of the ASEAN Centre in Beijing is another indication of the importance China places on its relations with Southeast Asia.

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PostHeaderIcon U.S. Supports Nonproliferation and Nuclear Safety in ASEAN

U.S. Supports Nonproliferation and Nuclear Safety in ASEAN

JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 17 October 2011 - The U.S. reiterates its active support for ASEAN and its Member States in the nonproliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, as well as in nuclear safety.

The message came from Mr Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State, during his courtesy call on Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the ASEAN Secretariat today.

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PostHeaderIcon ASEAN Cooperation in Combating Transnational Crime Moving Towards 2015 and Beyond

ASEAN Cooperation in Combating Transnational Crime Moving Towards 2015 and Beyond

BALI, INDONESIA, 13 October 2011 – ASEAN is moving towards the realisation of the ASEAN Community in 2015, and efforts are well underway to strengthen cooperation to prevent and combat transnational crimes.

The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) Ministers discussed cross-cutting issues in eight priority areas of transnational crime - counter-terrorism, trafficking in persons, illicit drug trafficking, money laundering, sea piracy, arms smuggling, international economic crime, and cyber crime. They also explored ways to widen and deepen existing frameworks of cooperation, both among ASEAN Member States and with ASEAN Dialogue Partners, particularly China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

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