Philippines pushes ASEAN centrality
Outgoing Philippine Secretary of Finance Cesar V. Purisima says that his country places the ASEAN Economic Community and unity among the 10-member association as paramount to helping the region prosper even as the TPP comes closer to reality.
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Mahathir celebrates Asian unity
Let Asia have its own trading currency, and let all countries in Asia come together without the need for U.S. authority, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad says in an interview, in which he also shares some thoughts on Donald Trump.
Vietnam stands behind TPP
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc says the Transpacific Partnership will move forward, even though the United States has dropped out, with the goal being the benefit of all nations still participating.
Laos leader bullish on working together
Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith says ASEAN and the greater community can tackle growth, trade and reaching peaceful solutions in North Korea and the South China Sea by working together for the benefit of all.
'Digital footprint' marches across India
Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder Infosys, says the access to phones and the general march of technology is changing India and other developing countries in fundamental ways, including in education, banking and gender equality.