China, Southeast Asian states hold simulated naval drill

US Secretary of State Pompeo calls on Dr Mahathir

On the sidelines of the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, Cavusoglu met Indian Minister for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh in Singapore on Friday.

The deal was announced by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano earlier this week, before he traveled to Singapore to attend a regional ministerial meeting where China was also present.

Also present were Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

Southeast Asian nations hope to strike a joint agreement on cybersecurity in coming days with Russian Federation, accused by the United States of meddling in its elections, after a series of high-profile hacks in the region.

"Our economic engagement has created hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides of the Pacific". -China relations and the final stages of the biannual, global Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, from which the USA disinvited China earlier this year.

For her part, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Kang Kyung-wha stressed that President Moon Jae-in's "New Southern Policy" places ASEAN at the centre of cooperation priorities, with a committee set up to further develop the initiative.

The Philippines is one example of a country which has taken a more conciliatory approach to China despite a bitter history of disputes over maritime sovereignty.

Earlier this week, Pompeo unveiled $113 million in new US investment to support technology, energy and infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific, widely seen as a step to counter China's increased regional economic engagement through President Xi Jinping's multibillion-dollar "One Belt, One Road" cross-border infrastructure initiative.

"Its centrality to the region's architecture is uncontested", Ms Bishop added.

US Secretary of State Pompeo calls on Dr Mahathir

"We have achieved a greater understanding among the Asean navies and the PLA (People's Liberation Army) navy", he added, in a reference to the Chinese navy. "What is important is that ASEAN members continue to support the system", reported CNA.

"We are facing challenges because the world as we know it for the past 70 years has changed", he said, citing the emergence of a multi-polar world, brewing trade wars and disruptive shifts caused by a "digital revolution".

These span a range of areas including terrorism, cyber security, climate change, irregular migrants and maritime matters.

The work document includes the realization by China and the 10 Asean countries in those waters of joint military maneuvers which should not involve countries out of the region.

Saifuddin co-chaired the meeting with Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State.

ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising 10 Southeast Asian countries - Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei.

Mr Pompeo also called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

He will call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo tomorrow.

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