V.Sumsky. The Manila Summit: No Grounds to Doubt ASEAN’s Standing

The 30th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was held in Manila, the Philippines, in late April, provoked fresh criticism in the western media. The general tone is that ASEAN is pandering to China and is unable to stop China’s territorial expansionism in the South China Sea and violations of the regional order. In other words, ASEAN is allegedly unable to fulfil a useful purpose. [1]

ASEAN’s critics point out that there are no references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea or its main culprit, Beijing, in the joint statement. Neither did the statement mention China’s expansion of its manmade islands in the Spratly Archipelago, including with hangers, runways, radars and missiles, according to intelligence.


E.Koldunova. ASEAN expert from Russia highlights benefits of closer Philippines — Russia — ASEAN ties

Russia, the Philippines, and the whole of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will stand to benefit from a closer relationship among these countries as ASEAN pushes its development agenda.

In a roundtable discussion of the New Era University ASEAN Studies Center, a Russian academician and political affairs expert, Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova said that even the closer relationship between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin would mean more educational, business and cultural exchanges between the two countries.


A Zun Mo. My experience at the 4th Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit

This has been one of my best experiences so far. I’m very glad that I got this valuable opportunity to speak up our perspectives and recommendations representing my country. It was my very first time attending a youth summit. Thanks to the organizing committee from MOFA, Cambodia for taking care of us throughout our stay in Siem Reap

I was more than happy to exchange our opinions and challenges in an open manner during the summit. I believe that the outcomes of the summit would largely affect the relations between Russia and ASEAN member states. I’m pretty sure that this summit has changed my way of thinking and also enhanced my academic interests. I feel more confident after the summit, and made many friends from Russia and ASEAN countries as well. As a student specializing in Russian language and culture, it’s been incredible for me to meet and talk with my new Russian friends. We agreed to visit each other in the near future!


E.Koldunova. Russia Could Serve as Powerful 'Third Force' Between China, US in Philippines

Late last week, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte made a series of statements about his country’s geopolitical realignment away from the US and toward China and Russia. How realistic are such plans? Sputnik speaks with several Asia experts to find out.

On Thursday, the outspoken leader of the Southeast Asian country announced that he would be «separating» from the US to realign with China and Russia. «Your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States… both in military, but also economics," Duterte said, speaking before Chinese officials during his official state visit to Beijing. «I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow," the president later added, suggesting that «maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world — China, the Philippines and Russia.»


E.Koldunova. Eastern Economic Forum: Beyond Economy

September 2-3, 2016, Vladivostok hosted the second Eastern Economic Forum on the campus of the Far Eastern Federal University. The event, which attracted broad international participation, primarily businessmen from the Asia Pacific region, is aimed at maintaining interest in Russia’s Far East and at sustaining the initiatives launched in the Primorskiy krai while preparing for the APEC summit.



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