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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.