Asian Nations to Discuss Oil Cooperation at Meet
Japan Adopts FTA Policy Focusing on Partners in Asia
Bangladesh, India, Myanmar to Discuss Energy Cooperation
Pair Back India to join East Asian Community Grouping
Asia Cooperation Dialogue Member Countries Boost Ties
Asian FTA Talks on the Rise
Malaysia to Host Second East Asia Forum
India , ASEAN Draw Contours of Cooperation
Japan, ASEAN Eye More Alliances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Nations to Discuss Oil Cooperation at Meet

Jyoti Mukul
Business Standard
December 31, 2004 

The one-day ministerial-level meeting of Asian countries on cooperation in the energy sector is likely to focus on energy security only. The buyer-seller meet on January 6 might not focus on commercial issues. Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is the man behind the initiative, has christened it the Ministerial Round-Table Conference-Regional Cooperation/Key to Energy Security. The ministerial might be institutionalised and followed by more such meetings, an official said.

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Japan Adopts FTA Policy Focusing on Partners in Asia

Reiji Yoshida
The Japan Times
December 22, 2003

The government on Tuesday approved a basic plan to promote free-trade agreements, prioritizing accords with Asian trading partners to help build an East Asian community.

he idea of setting up an East Asian community is meant to enhance regional cooperation based on the ASEAN-plus-three process involving Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states plus Japan, China and South Korea. Japan has suggested that Australia, New Zealand and India be admitted as members of the proposed community.

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Bangladesh, India, Myanmar to Discuss Energy Cooperation

Indo Asian News Service
December 19, 2004 

Ministers of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar will meet in Yangon next month to discuss regional energy cooperation, including the possibility of implementing a trans-national gas pipeline.

Bangladesh's Minister for Energy A.K.M. Mosharraf Hossain has sent a letter to his Indian counterpart regarding the gas pipeline and other issues to be discussed during the Jan 9-11 SAARC summit here, the Daily Star reported Sunday.

The energy ministers of the three countries will meet in Myanmar Jan 12-13.

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Pair Back India to join East Asian Community Grouping

India Daily
December 18, 2004 


Singapore and Thailand have backed India to be included in the East Asia Community, currently comprising only Asean members, China, Japan and South Korea.
Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said whether India should be included at the first East Asian summit in Kuala Lumpur next year would be discussed at an informal ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cebu next March.

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Asia Cooperation Dialogue Member Countries Boost Ties

Vietnam News Agency 
December 15, 2004


Some 100 delegates from member countries of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) forum gathered at a symposium opened in Thailand on Wednesday to exchange views on how to promote regional cooperation.

In his opening speech, Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said Asian leaders have expressed their political resolve and commitment to forge Asian cooperation, adding that the wealth of resources and diversity in Asia, if utilised, will not only promote sustainable development in the region but also bring prosperity worldwide.

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Asian FTA Talks on the Rise

Xinhua Online
December 7, 2004 

Over the past few years, Asian countries have engaged in a spree to create bilateral and regional free trade agreements.Trade envoys are busy working on piles of documents to establish trade liberalization and investment facilitation arrangements, which they hope, will promote the free flow of goods, services and investment across borders.

Singapore and Thailand have emerged as the two Asian countries with the biggest number of completed free trade agreements (FTA), according to the Asia News Network survey. Three of the largest Asian economies Japan, China and India follow the top two closely, with an increasing number of FTAs signed or under negotiation.

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Malaysia to Host Second East Asia Forum

Xinhua Online
December 3, 2004 

Malaysia will host the 2nd East Asia Forum (EAF) on Dec. 5-6 here, which will be opened by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

The forum is jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the East Asian Business Council of Malaysia and its theme is "Towards an Integrated East Asian Community," the ministry said in a statement released here.

Those that have confirmed participation are the Foreign Ministers of Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Singapore and Senior vice minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, the statement indicated.

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India , ASEAN Draw Contours of Cooperation 

T. R Ramchandran 
The Tribune
December 1, 2004

Talking of India’s vision of a greater Asian Economic Community which found an echo with Japan and some ASEAN members, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for breaking down the North-South disparities and barriers and giving a massive push to economic activities for development and betterment of the people in the ASEAN region.

Collaborative efforts had to be intensified in removing the instability in Asia and focussing on core areas encompassing agriculture, health, education and science and technology for the upliftment of the people within a region and beyond, he asserted.

The traditional agrarian societies in Asia as evidenced in ASEAN as well had to be given focussed attention by promoting seeds research and scientific and technological inputs, he added.

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Japan, ASEAN Eye More Alliances 

The Japan Times
December1, 2004 

Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Tuesday to start talks on broader economic alliances -- including free-trade agreements -- while pledging to fight terrorism.

Japan and ASEAN "should commence the negotiations" on a comprehensive economic partnership in April, according to a joint statement issued after a summit Tuesday at the Laotian capital.

They are also "committed to endeavor to conclude the negotiations within two years from that date," it said.

The statement was released as a progress report on a 2003 Japan-ASEAN action plan.

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