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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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PostHeaderIcon ASEAN Joins Hands With Global Community in Fighting Terrorism

ASEAN Joins Hands With Global Community in Fighting Terrorism

NEW YORK, USA, 20 September 2011 – In commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, the UN Secretary-General's Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Cooperation was organised by the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office (CTITF) in partnership with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the constituent CTITF entities yesterday, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Symposium is the first in a series of high-level events being convened this week on the margins of the 66th UN General Assembly. UN Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-Moon in his inauguration speech highlighted the resolve shown by countries five years ago in adopting the UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, while also stressing the need to reinvigorate efforts to conclude the Comprehensive Convention against Terrorism.

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PostHeaderIcon PM Timor Leste visits ASEAN Secretariat

The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, visited the ASEAN Secretariat this afternoon and was received with a warm welcome from the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, and the staff members of the ASEAN Secretariat.

Prime Minister Gusmão and Dr Surin exchanged views on recent developments in Timor-Leste, including the recent application of Timor-Leste to join ASEAN. The Prime Minister also emphasised that Timor-Leste is making active efforts to prepare itself for the ASEAN membership, now that peace and political situation in the country have been secured.

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