Swaraj underlines need for strong connectivity within ASEAN

Emphasising the need for strong connectivity within ASEAN, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Monday said there is a need to look at a more "functional visa regime" in the 10-member grouping.

Sushma Swaraj describes Myanmar visit as `very successful`

Describing her four-day Myanmar visit as "very successful", Sushma Swaraj on Monday said she forcefully articulated India`s position in meetings of ASEAN, ARF and East Asia Summit.

Sushma Swaraj holds 7 bilateral meetings on sidelines of ASEAN summit

Sushma Swaraj held separate meetings here with her counterparts from seven countries including China, Australia, Canada, Vietnam and Indonesia and discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues.

China FM chides tardy Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry was ticked off by his Chinese counterpart on Saturday after he arrived late for talks between the superpowers as Washington attempts to cool regional maritime tensions.

Row over `provocative` acts looms ahead of ASEAN talks

A US and Southeast Asian push for a freeze in "provocative" acts in disputed waters has set the stage for a showdown with China at a regional security summit, analysts said.

Sushma to visit Myanmar Aug 8-11 for ASEAN meeting

Sushma Swaraj will travel to Myanmar Aug 8-11 to attend the ASEAN-India foreign ministers meeting in the capital Nay Pyi Taw and also the East Asia Summit foreign ministers meeting, an official said on Wednesday.

John Kerry to travel to Burma, Australia

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Burma and Australia next week, it was announced on Saturday.

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan`s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region.

China hits out at ASEAN for backing Vietnam in SCS conflict

China on Monday lashed out at the ASEAN for backing Vietnam over tensions in the South China Sea sparked by Beijing`s deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters and asked the 10-member grouping to stay neutral to avoid "detrimental" impact on bilateral ties.

India calls for strong maritime connectivity with ASEAN

India on Monday stressed the need for strengthening of maritime connectivity with Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and called for an `open sky policy` on quid pro quo basis to increase trade with ASEAN.

India need not worry too much about SCS tensions: China

Irked by India voicing its concern over the tensions in the South China Sea, China today said Indian people need "not worry too much" about the issue.

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

Southeast Asian leaders met Sunday for a historic summit in former pariah Myanmar overshadowed by soaring tensions in the South China Sea and growing fears over Beijing`s territorial assertions.

ASEAN expresses `serious concerns` over China sea spats

Southeast Asia`s regional bloc voiced alarm on Saturday over escalating tensions in the South China Sea after members Vietnam and Philippines squared off against Beijing in the disputed waters.

Philippines` Aquino says ASEAN must tackle China sea claims

Philippine President Benigno Aquino today urged fellow Southeast Asian leaders to face up to the threat posed by China`s contentious claims to most of the South China Sea as they headed to a regional summit.

Leaders arrive in Myanmar for ASEAN summit

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have started arriving in Myanmar Saturday to attend meetings that will focus on many issues including Thailand`s political crisis, an official said.

Thai PM to promote her country as democratic state

Thai acting Premier Yingluck Shinawatra will reassure the ASEAN community next week that Thailand remains a democratic state despite an internal political conflict.

US to enhance security cooperation with new Indian government

Describing security cooperation with India as "a central element of the broad US-India strategic partnership", the US says it looks forward to working closely with the next Indian government to build on it.

Barack Obama to court Southeast Asia from Malaysia

US President Barack Obama will renew his courtship of Southeast Asia on Sunday, launching a grass roots effort to inspire the region`s next generation of leaders in the virtues of democracy.

India working hard to achieve bilateral trade target with Indonesia

India will push for early conclusion of an economic accord with Indonesia to achieve the bilateral trade target of $25 billion by 2015, with cumulative Indian investments of $20 billion into this country, the Indian envoy said.

Japan, US to back ASEAN`s sea surveillance: Report

Japan and the United States will pledge to jointly help Southeast Asian nations boost their marine surveillance capabilities, a newspaper said Saturday, as tensions over territorial disputes in the region simmer.