Asean leaders tackle Rohingya crisis and urge South China Sea calm


Southeast Asian leading figures have declared their aspiration for a quick settlement with China to be secured for a new South China Sea code of conduct.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney, Australia on Satuday (March 17, 2018).

"We emphasise the importance of non-militarisation and the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint.and avoid actions that may complicate the situation", the communique said.

"Each of these opportunities is strongly supported by breakthrough Australian science, giving the potential for enormous economic benefit as we help ASEAN countries make this transition", Marshall said of the seven industries in a media release on Friday.

Australia, the full ASEAN bloc, as well as China and India are among countries still negotiating that deal.

But Lee said the matter was a cause of concern for all of ASEAN as all members would be anxious "if there is any instability or any trouble" in fellow member countries.

Australia has helped with aid funding to the region and Mr Turnbull raised the matter in talks with Aung San Suu Kyi previous year, amid global concern she was doing nothing to shield the ethnic Muslims from attacks.

Countering cyber-crime and "terrorism" are also on the table at the two-day meeting.

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"But together, we will be safer", he said in his keynote address at the closing ceremony of the Counter-Terrorism Conference held at during the International Conference Centre (ICC) Sydney here Saturday.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak cited the flow of the displaced Rohingya as a potential new security threat, with desperate people more susceptible to radicalisation.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, with Australia, a dialogue partner since 1974.

The changes to electronic evidence laws are a key enabler for the broader move to harmonise regional legislative and policy approaches to tackling terrorism, and to align them with global best practice.

Electronic evidence will be shared, and used, in cross-border investigations and prosecutions.

Richardson urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to take a stronger stand against excessive Chinese territorial claims by sailing within 12 nautical miles of Beijing's man-made islands in the disputed waters.

The development of the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative will provide a framework to support the development, adoption and use of global digital trade standards.

They also had a New Colombo Plan afternoon tea session at which the Asean heads of state and government met Australian students pursuing higher studies under the plan.