Jokowi to Attend ASEAN-Australia Summit

17 March 2018, 01:52 | Andres Norman

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"Protectionism is a dead end".

The Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement on Friday, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak would be undertaking a working visit to Sydney to attend the summit, which would be the first hosted by Australia.

In one such move, Mr Turnbull said, Asean and Australia will team up on a new Digital Standards Cooperation Initiative - a set of standards to make it easier for businesses to conduct cross-border digital trade.

Stressing the importance of countries pushing back against the protectionist tide, PM Lee added that Singapore is pleased with the signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade pact that initially was to include the United States until Mr Trump withdrew from it.

US President Donald Trump has sparked fears of a global trade war with his recent move to slap tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

China's foreign minister said last week that China's resolve to protect peace and stability in the South China Sea was unshakeable, and that outside forces were attempting to muddy the waters.

"Shutting one's eyes and hoping that closer trade and security ties will somehow magically transform abusive governments into rights-respecting ones doesn't work", said Human Rights Watch Australia director Elaine Pearson.

Four Asean countries-Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam-are among the 11 who have signed up to the TPP.

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"It is the need for small and middle powers to canoe together and that is, to some extent, the rise of both China and India along with a trade- aggressive US, still unfolding", Mr Fischer said.

"For the South China Sea, I went around to friends - Asean defence ministers - so that each country that faces the South China Sea patrols up to 200 nautical miles, around 230 kilometres", Ryacudu told reporters at a joint press conference. It's unclear what happened to the others, Philippines officials said.

Other ASEAN countries oppose such operations.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will welcome leaders from nine of the 10 Asean nations, who will head here from today, including Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and Myanmar's under-fire leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Crimes verging on genocide were being committed against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, and those crimes bore "the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the worldwide community", the United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide said on Tuesday.

"It is in our interest to engage all ASEAN members including Aung San Suu Kyi at this summit because it gives us the best chance of influencing outcomes and making our concerns known, so these are matters that we would be discussing with the Myanmar delegation", Bishop said.

Hun Sen has warned potential protesters against burning effigies of him in Sydney, saying: "I will follow you all the way to your doorstep and beat you right there ..."

Asked about the threat, Bishop said Australia was "certainly going to raise our concerns with the Cambodian delegation".

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