February 2017

ASEAN aims for South China Sea code of conduct framework by middle of year

Nation, 22 February, 2017
ASEAN WILL speed up work to reach common ground on a framework for a code of conduct regarding the contentious South China Sea by the middle of this year, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Tuesday at an Asean ministerial meeting in the Philippines.

South Asian nations vow to meet challenges of climate change

Financial Express, 19 February, 2017
The South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is attended by South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Aiming for China Trade Deal in 2017

ICTSD Bridges, 9 February, 2017
Sri Lanka aims to finalise a free trade agreement (FTA) with China later this year, said the country’s ambassador to Beijing last weekend. The two Asian economies have been negotiating a trade deal since 2014.