China’s Maritime Silk Road: Strategic and Economic Implications for the Indo-Pacific Region

CSIS April 2, 2018

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China unveiled the concept for the Twenty-First Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) in 2013 as a development strategy to boost infrastructure connectivity throughout Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Indian Ocean, and East Africa. The MSR is the maritime complement to the Silk Road Economic Belt, which focuses on infrastructure development across Central Asia. Together these initiatives form the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative designed to enhance China’s influence across Asia. Continue reading “China’s Maritime Silk Road: Strategic and Economic Implications for the Indo-Pacific Region”

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Southeast Asia’s largest wind project gets $1.1 billion funding injection

Southeast Asia’s leading nation for solar energy—Thailand—could now be the frontrunner in wind energy after renewables developer WEH secured funding for the region’s biggest wind power project yet.

Eco-business_The Chaiyaphum Wind Farm in Thailand’s Subyai district, Chaiyaphum province. Rising energy use in Southeast Asia is shifting the global energy system’s center of gravity towards Asia. Image: © Asian Development Bank .

Thai renewables developer Wind Energy Holdings Co. Ltd (WEH) has raised US$1.1 billion to finance five new onshore wind farms in what is billed as Southeast Asia’s biggest wind energy project yet.Located in Thailand’s northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum, the wind farms will add up to 450 megawatts of energy to the national grid on completion, slated for early 2019.Towering at a height of 157 metres, the wind farms will boast the tallest towers in the region, and will use the latest technology supplied by Vestas and General Electric. Siam Commercial Bank is financing the project. Continue reading “Southeast Asia’s largest wind project gets $1.1 billion funding injection”

Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth

Asia – December 13, 2017 3:14 pm JST Cover story

Aided by social media, hardliners gain mainstream support

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor, and SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent

Buddhist monks protest the visit of a U.N. official in Yangon on Jan. 16, 2015. According to local media reports, they were angry that the international organization had urged the government to give members of the Rohingya minority citizenship. © Reuters

YANGON/JAKARTA — With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta.

“Inshallah, we can fly, but it doesn’t matter, we will be OK,” Susanto said. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate our victory.” Continue reading “Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth”

Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia

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An international consortium of energy companies has presented its plans to develop a 6 gigawatt (GW) solar and wind hybrid project in Western Australia, designed to export clean energy to Indonesia through subsea cables.

Western Australia is set to take advantage of its significant solar and wind resources to export renewable energy to Indonesia, contributing significantly to the country’s clean energy future and energy security through reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.

The proposed project is called Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) and is another mega energy project which underlines the significant opportunities that domestic renewable resources can provide for countries to become the ‘new’ energy exporters.

The hybrid power plant would be spread over 14,000 square km in flat desert land on the north-west coast of Australia.

It would comprise approximately 1,200 wind turbines supplied by Vestas, and 10 million solar panels with an aggregated capacity of 6GW – enough electricity to power more than 7 million households. Continue reading “Australia in plans to export colossal amounts of wind and solar energy to Southeast Asia”

Trump’s new Cold War alliance in Asia is dangerous

Washington Post

November 14

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose after signing hats reading “Donald and Shinzo make alliance even greater.” Kawagoe, Japan, Nov. 5. (Franck Robichon/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Gurpreet S. Khurana, who first used the term “Indo-Pacific” a decade ago, is a maritime strategist and executive director of the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI — On his recent tour of Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump offered the world a first glance into his formative geopolitical strategy. Both in Vietnam at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and at his earlier meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan, he spoke of the “Indo-Pacific” instead of the “Asia-Pacific,” the term used most often by previous American administrations. Continue reading “Trump’s new Cold War alliance in Asia is dangerous”

Việt Nam, US sign $12b in trade deals

vietnamnews Update: November, 12/2017 – 21:53

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of President of Việt Nam Trần Đại Quang and President of the US Donald Trump, within the framework of the US President’s official state visit to Việt Nam. — Photo courtesy of VNA

HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang and President Donald Trump witnessed the signing of co-operation agreements worth a total of US$12 billion, mostly in aviation, petroleum and seaports between Việt Nam and the US after their talks in Hà Nội on Sunday. Continue reading “Việt Nam, US sign $12b in trade deals”

“Giảm thiểu nguy cơ bất ổn, xây dựng lòng tin trên Biển Đông”

Dân Trí, Chủ nhật, 12/11/2017 – 19:36

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Dân trí Hội đàm với Tổng Bí thư – Chủ tịch Trung Quốc, Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng nhấn mạnh việc bảo đảm hoà bình, ổn định, giảm thiểu nguy cơ bất ổn, xây dựng lòng tin với vấn đề Biển Đông. Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình thống nhất quan điểm nỗ lực kiểm soát tốt bất đồng, duy trì hoà bình, ổn định ở Biển Đông…

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Chiều nay (12/11), tại trụ sở Trung ương Đảng, Tổng Bí thư Nguyễn Phú Trọng đã hội đàm với Tổng Bí thư – Chủ tịch nước Cộng hòa nhân dân Trung Hoa Tập Cận Bình. Hai bên bày tỏ vui mừng trước những tiến triển tích cực của quan hệ đối tác hợp tác chiến lược toàn diện Việt – Trung thời gian qua. Continue reading ““Giảm thiểu nguy cơ bất ổn, xây dựng lòng tin trên Biển Đông””

Contrasting visions as APEC CEO Summit closes

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 08:16

US President Donald Trump addresses at the CEO Summit 2017 on Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo

ĐÀ NẴNG – In strong speeches laying out widely differing visions on the future of international trade, the presidents of China and the US yesterday stressed the importance of regional peace and security to stable, sustainable growth. Continue reading “Contrasting visions as APEC CEO Summit closes”

31st ASEAN Summit, related meetings to talk ASEAN Vision realisation

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:25

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc will lead a high-ranking delegation of Việt Nam to the ASEAN-31, the 20th ASEAN+3 Summit. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The 31st ASEAN Summit (ASEAN-31) and related meetings, which will be held in Manila, the Philippines, from Sunday to Tuesday, are set to focus on orientations and measures for enhancing connectivity to realise the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc will lead a high-ranking delegation of Việt Nam to the ASEAN-31, the 20th ASEAN+3 Summit (with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the ASEAN+1 meetings (with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, the US, Canada, the European Union, and the United Nations), and the 12th East Asia Summit. Continue reading “31st ASEAN Summit, related meetings to talk ASEAN Vision realisation”

TPP-11 gets new name, renewed growth focus

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:15

Việt Nam’s Industry and Trade Minister Trần Tuấn Anh (left) and Japanese economic revitalisation minister Toshimitsu Motegi, co-chair Saturday’s press conference. — VNA/VNS Photo

ĐÀ NẴNG – Ministers of the 11 original signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have agreed on “core elements” of a new trade pact to be implemented without the United States.The agreement will now be called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), says a statement released today. Continue reading “TPP-11 gets new name, renewed growth focus”

APEC 2017: Voices of the Future issues declaration for youth

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 09:00

Youth representative attending the 2017 APEC Voices of the Future visit a craft village making traditional lanterns in ancient Hội An City. – VNA/VNS Photo
QUẢNG NAM – The youth representatives of 17 out of 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies adopted a declaration for youth at the closing ceremony of APEC Voices of the Future 2017 in the central province of Quảng Nam on Friday.In the declaration, the delegates said they believe that they will diminish the disparities between economies, accelerate communication, decrease the cost for new startups, and generate more opportunities for young people through a communication platform. Continue reading “APEC 2017: Voices of the Future issues declaration for youth”

2017 APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:20

2017 APEC MINISTERIAL MEETING

Joint Ministerial Statement

We, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers, met on 8 November 2017 in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the chairmanship of H.E. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. Continue reading “2017 APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Ministerial Statement”

The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting adopts Đà Nẵng Declaration

vietnamnews Update: November, 11/2017 – 19:20

                                                                                                                THE 25TH APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING

Da Nang, Viet Nam 11 November 2017

Da Nang Declaration

Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future

1.        We, the Leaders of APEC, gathered in Da Nang, Viet Nam under the theme Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future, determined to take bolder and sustained collective actions to inject new dynamism into APEC cooperation to promote sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth, deepen regional economic integration, realize the full potential of the business sector, particularly micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and enhance food security and sustainable agriculture. Continue reading “The 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting adopts Đà Nẵng Declaration”

Trade ministers agree Asia-Pacific trade pact without US

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After days of talks on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, the so-called TPP-11 nations made a breakthrough early Saturday, a day after Donald Trump's ladled out more 'America First' rhetoric in an address to world leaders
After days of talks on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, the so-called TPP-11 nations made a breakthrough early Saturday, a day after Donald Trump’s ladled out more ‘America First’ rhetoric in an address to world leaders (AFP Photo/JORGE SILVA)

Danang (Vietnam) (AFP) – Trade ministers from 11 Asia-Pacific countries agreed Saturday to press ahead with a major trade deal without the United States, as the world’s largest economy seeks to go it alone under President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy.

Trump pulled his country from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the start of the year, dismaying allies and casting into doubt an agreement heralded for tying lower tariffs to strong environmental and labour protections.

Continue reading “Trade ministers agree Asia-Pacific trade pact without US”