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The Philippines has banned single-use plastics, including plastic bags, straws, spoons and forks, in Government offices following a resolution which became effective on February 26.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health on January 23 confirmed the first case of a new strain of coronavirus that has killed 25 and infected over 830 people in China.

Indonesia has prepared for the return of hundreds of citizens who have joined foreign terrorist groups in several nations.

Indonesia is preparing for meetings of G-20 and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which will be held in the country in 2023.

Indonesia will put 12 new oil and gas projects into operation in 2020, according to the country’s Upstream Oil and Gas Taskforce (SKK Migas).

Indonesia plans to buy bigger vessels to allow its coast guards to travel across the ocean, notably the Natuna Sea off Riau Islands, and expand their patrol reach, local media reported.

Thai Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa said on January 16 that all cargo trucks will be temporarily allowed to ply Bangkok streets

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on January 17 presided over a retreat of the foreign ministers of the ASEAN countries (AMM Retreat)

Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN), on January 15 presided over a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC)

Vietnam, as ASEAN Chair 2020, presented 14 initiatives, priorities and cooperation plans at the first meeting of the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials for the 51st ASEAN Economic Minister’ Meeting

The 10th Meeting of the Committee of the Whole for the ASEAN Economic Community (CoW 10) was held in Hanoi on January 11 by the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on January 10 stressed ASEAN’s central role and described this as an essential driver of development in the whole Indo-Pacific region.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has stressed that the country’s orientations and foreign policy priorities

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