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  • Reuters

    In Japan, Biden to launch economic plan for region sceptical on benefits

    President Joe Biden headed to Japan on Sunday to launch a plan for greater U.S. economic engagement with the Indo-Pacific, facing criticism even before the programme is announced that it will offer scant benefit to countries in the region. On the second leg of his first Asia trip as president, Biden is to meet with leaders of Japan, India and Australia, the "Quad," another cornerstone of his strategy to push back against China's expanding influence. In Tokyo on Monday, Biden will call on Emper

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    East Timor’s new president pledges stronger ties with China

    East Timorese independence figure and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was inaugurated as the country's fifth president on Friday, pledging to dedicate his time in office to strengthen national unity and forge closer relations with China. Ramos-Horta, who spent decades as the exiled spokesperson for the guerrilla movement during Indonesian occupation, previously served as president from 2007 to 2012 and prime minister and foreign minister before that. Thousands travelled to watch the inaugurati

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  • AFP News

    Nobel laureate sworn in as East Timor leader on independence anniversary

    Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was inaugurated as East Timor's president on Friday, pledging to break a longstanding political deadlock in Southeast Asia's youngest country as it celebrated its 20th independence anniversary.

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  • Reuters

    Italia, bilancia commercio estero marzo in deficit di 84 million euro - Istat

    MILANO (Reuters) - L'Italia ha registrato un deficit commerciale con il resto del mondo di 84 milioni di euro a marzo, rispetto a un avanzo di 5,190 miliardi di euro nello stesso mese del 2021. E' quanto fa sapere oggi Istat sottolineando che le vendite verso la Russia diminuiscono del 50,9% mentre, su base annua, Stati uniti, Germania, Francia e Svizzera forniscono i contributi maggiori all'incremento dell'export nazionale.

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  • Associated Press

    Malaysian foreign minister meets Myanmar opposition figure

    The foreign minister of Myanmar’s shadow government, which opposes the military council that runs the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation, on Sunday described as “productive” a meeting she had with Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah. The Saturday meeting in Washington was the first publicly acknowledged occasion when a ministerial-level official from one of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has had face-to-face talks with a counterpart in Myanmar’s opp

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  • Reuters

    Malaysia foreign minister meets counterpart from Myanmar shadow govt in Washington

    Malaysia Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah met his counterpart from Myanmar's National Unity Government (NUG), a shadow administration outlawed by the ruling military junta, in the group's first open engagement with a Southeast Asian country. The meeting, disclosed by Saifuddin in a Twitter post late on Saturday, was held on the sidelines of a two-day summit in Washington between the United States and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which excluded Myanmar's leade

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  • Reuters

    Indonesia's Jokowi meets Tesla's Musk after nickel talks

    JAKARTA (Reuters) -Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Saturday in Texas to discuss potential investments and technology, Indonesia's government said in a statement. The meeting between Musk and Widodo, better known as Jokowi, came after a round of working-level discussions on a potential investment in Indonesia's nickel industry and supply of batteries for electric vehicles, Indonesian officials told Reuters.

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  • Reuters

    EUA dizem que cúpula com líderes do Sudeste Asiático marca "nova era" em relações

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, disse nesta sexta-feira que uma primeira cúpula em Washington com líderes da Associação das Nações do Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN) marcou o lançamento de uma "nova era" na relação entre os EUA e o bloco de 10 nações. Falando no segundo e último dia de reunião, Biden disse que "uma grande parte da história do nosso mundo nos próximos 50 anos será escrita nos países da ASEAN, e nosso relacionamento com vocês é o futuro, nos próximos an

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  • Reuters

    Malaysia touts trade access as U.S. Indo-Pacific plan only a 'good beginning' -trade chief

    Malaysia views U.S. President Joe Biden's proposed Indo-Pacific economic bloc as a welcome initiative but sees a bigger immediate opportunity in selling its access to a China-led trade pact to lure investment from global companies, Malaysia's trade minister said on Friday. The Biden administration's proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) aims to offer a U.S.-led platform for negotiating common regional standards around digital trade and data flows, labor standards, carbon emissions red

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  • AFP News

    US tells ASEAN leaders committed 'for generations'

    President Joe Biden on Friday promised a long-term commitment to Southeast Asia in the face of China's growing clout as he met regional leaders for a first summit in Washington.

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