Category Archives: General

U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control

Violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan International Border

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan international border.  We urge the sides to stop using force immediately, use the existing direct communication links between them to avoid further escalation, and strictly adhere to the ceasefire. As a Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States remains strongly

Strengthening the capacity of ASEAN Member States to design and implement risk-informed and shock-responsive social protection systems for resilience: Lao PDR case study

This report presents the findings of a case study of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) national social protection system, which sought to identify the factors that would enable that system to be responsive to shocks. The case study involved field visits and in-country interviews and is one part of the project titled ‘Strengthening the

ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update 28, 06 – 12 Jul 2020

REGIONAL SUMMARY: Multiple flooding events have occurred due to high-intensity rainfall in Indonesia as reported by Indonesia’s Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB). Meanwhile, flooding in four (4) provinces and winds and storms in three (3) provinces of Thailand were reported by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM). HIGHLIGHT: Four (4) earthquake events with


12 foreigners (nine men and three women) aged between 20 and 37, have been deported and barred from re-entering Singapore, for not complying with safe distancing measures (SDM) during the COVID-19 circuit breaker. The cases are as follows: On 18 April 2020, Arvinish N Ramakrishnan (“Arvinish”), a male 23-year-old Malaysian who was in Singapore on

Top White House Adviser Expects Tough Action on TikTok, WeChat

SAN FRANCISCO – White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday he expected President Donald Trump to act firmly against the TikTok and WeChat applications, amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. Trump last week had said he is considering banning the wildly-popular TikTok app as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic.

China’s Southern Jiangxi Province Declares Highest Flood Alert

BEIJING – The southern Chinese province of Jiangxi issued its highest flood warning on Saturday, predicting a big overflow from a lake that joins the Yangtze River as torrential rain continued to batter much of the country, state media said. The provincial government raised its flood-control response level to I from II, the People’s Daily