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  • Associated Press

    Death rates soar in Southeast Asia as virus wave spreads

    Indonesia has converted nearly its entire oxygen production to medical use just to meet the demand from COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in Malaysia had to resort to treating patients on the floor. Images of bodies burning in open-air pyres during the peak of the pandemic in India horrified the world in May, but in the last two weeks the three Southeast Asian nations have now all surpassed India’s peak per capita death rate as a new coronavirus wave, fueled by the

  • Reuters

    U.S. Defense secretary to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month, the Pentagon said, a trip that will include stops in the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, according to the U.S. embassy in Hanoi. "Secretary Austin's visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific's architecture," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations bloc.

  • Reuters

    China missing from itinerary of U.S. diplomat's second Asia tour

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Japan, South Korea and Mongolia next week, the State Department said, making no mention of any stop in China that had been anticipated in foreign policy circles and reported in some media. After the State Department announcement on Thursday, sources told Reuters that Washington was preparing to impose sanctions on Friday on Chinese officials over Beijing's crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong and to issue a warning to international business

  • Reuters

    EUA rejeitam reivindicações marítimas da China e pedem ação da sobre Mianmar

    HANÓI (Reuters) - Os Estados Unidos rejeitam as reivindicações marítimas "ilegais" de Pequim sobre o Mar do Sul da China e estão ao lado de países do sudeste asiático que enfrentam a "coerção" chinesa, disse o secretário de Estado norte-americano, Antony Blinken, nesta quarta-feira. Já a China rejeitou os comentários de Blinken, feitos por ele em um pronunciamento por videoconferência a chanceleres da Associação de Nações do Sudeste Asiático (Asean), rotulando-os de irresponsáveis e concebidos p

  • Reuters

    Myanmar anti-coup activists protest as U.S. seeks regional action

    Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, but street protests have become rarer after they were suppressed by the army with the killing hundreds of people. Raising three-finger salutes as a gesture of defiance, the protesters in Yangon chanted: "We're not scared of COVID why should we fear the junta?" and "Revolution must prevail". Some also carried flaming torches during the rally that was led by women and billed as "Yangon’

  • Associated Press

    US urges ASEAN to press for return to democracy in Myanmar

    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked his Southeast Asian counterparts Wednesday to press for an end to violence in Myanmar, its return to democracy and the release of all political prisoners in a video conference attended by the military-led nation’s top diplomat. In the meeting with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Blinken also underscored the U.S. rejection of China’s “unlawful” territorial claims in the South China Sea and stressed that Washington st

  • Reuters

    U.S. rejects China maritime claims, calls for ASEAN action on Myanmar

    HANOI (Reuters) -The United States rejects China's "unlawful" maritime claims in the South China Sea and stands with Southeast Asian countries facing Chinese "coercion", Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. China rejected Blinken's comments, which he made in an address in a video conference with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), as irresponsible and aimed at provoking discord. Blinken also said the United States had "deep concerns" about the s

  • Reuters

    Blinken to stress ASEAN's central role in ministerial meeting

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will stress the central regional role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a virtual meeting with the bloc's foreign ministers on Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said. Earlier this month, the White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific region, Kurt Campbell, said the United States had been "missing in action" in many respects in the Pacific region and needed to "step up our game in Southeast Asia," i

  • Reuters

    UN rights expert urges sanctions on Myanmar's oil, gas sectors

    A United Nations human rights investigator called on countries on Wednesday to impose economic sanctions on Myanmar's oil and gas sector to cripple the junta that took power five months ago. Myanmar has been in crisis since the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on Feb. 1, unleashing nationwide anger that quickly turned into protests and strikes brutally suppressed by security forces, with nearly 900 killed.

  • Reuters

    Birmanie: L'Asean veut accélérer la mise en oeuvre du consensus en cinq point

    SINGAPOUR (Reuters) - L'association des nations du Sud-Est asiatique (Asean) s'efforce d'accélérer la mise en oeuvre du consensus en cinq points trouvé en avril pour mettre fin à la violence en Birmanie, affirme mardi la ministre des Affaires étrangères de Singapour. "Nous reconnaissons que la mise en oeuvre du consensus a été lente et plutôt décevante", a dit Vivian Balakrishnan.

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