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Qatar, Asean trade reaches $16bn

The trade between Qatar and the Association of South East Association Nations (Asean) reached a total of $16 billion in 2014, and is expected to further rise in coming years, according to a top official. Wong Kwok Pun, chairman of

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Asean establishes landmark economic, security bloc

Southeast Asian nations on Sunday established a formal community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic output of $2.6 trillion. The community declarat

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Malaysia foils plan by suspected militants to attack capital

Malaysian police have arrested 12 people linked to the militant group Islamic State and seized explosives, foiling a plan to attack several locations in and around the capital, which is hosting the Asean summit. Security had alrea

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Asian nations call for freedom of air, seas

Japan and Southeast Asian countries called for freedom of the air and sea on Saturday, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions and after US and Chinese warships narrowly avoided collision in the disputed South China Sea.

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Centre to bolster Asia cultural ties

A research centre is to be set up in Bahrain to strengthen cultural links between the Gulf and a trade bloc of 10 up-and-coming Asian countries. It will act as a source of information for policy-makers and help the region improve

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PM urges strong Gulf-Asean links

Strong GCC-Asean links are necessary to counter global economic volatility, said His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa during official talks with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok. He also

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Alba lauds strong Asean trade links

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has praised strong economic ties between the kingdom and the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) during a visit to the plant by senior members of the Asean diplomatic corps based in the Kingdom. "Alba r

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Asean told to step up inflation fight

Indonesia has warned fellow Southeast Asian states that rising food and energy prices could drive more people into poverty and urged co-ordinated action to fight inflation. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said at the start of

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Bahrain seeks to boost trade ties with Asean

Bahrain is keen on strengthening trade relations with the Far East, a top official has said. The kingdom is looking to build on the strategic dialogue that the GCC has entered into with the Asean group and China, said Royal Court Minis

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GCC, Asean sign trade pact

The GCC and Association of Southeast Asian nations (Asean) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at setting up a trade bloc between the Gulf states and Southeast Asian countries. The agreement was signed yesterday (June 30) at Ri

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