U.S. pledges $300m security funding for south-east Asia

Zarif says no plans to meet Pompeo in Singapore

Having achieved its initial political objective of regional peace and stability, it has shifted its focus to economic cooperation, noted Mr Lee, citing successes like the launch of the Asean Free Trade Area in 1992, and the formation of the Asean Economic Community, "one of the more successful economic groupings in the world".

The top U.S. official said that he discussed Chinese militarisation of the South China Sea and the importance of a rules-based order in the region with the Asean nations.

The ministers also agreed to "fully tap the opportunities afforded by new technologies and innovation arising from the digital revolution", though they stressed the need to stay responsive to emerging issues, such as non-traditional security threats and environmental challenges.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the agreement on the draft was a new and important step for the code of conduct deliberations.

"Rising anti-globalization and trade protectionism among major countries is fueling tensions and threatening our aspiration for sustained economic growth", Kang said during the meeting.

Thai foreign ministry spokesperson Busadee Santipitaks told Reuters the country was proceeding with "a balanced approach" towards the United States and China.

"Cybersecurity is a concern for all of us".

The navies of China and Southeast Asian nations had their first maritime exercises together to ease tensions in disputed waters.

NASA announces crew for the first American spacecraft launches since 2011
I'll be ready, I can't wait", Williams said in an interview posted Friday on the International Space Station Facebook page. He has a master's degree in physics and is a US Navy test pilot who has served in more than 20 combat missions.

Trump could raise tariffs further on Chinese goods
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Google declares its official stance on notches
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The US is embroiled in trade spats with China and close allies including the European Union, imposing tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods and heightening fears of economic pain that could spread worldwide.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met Indian Minister for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh in Singapore on Friday.

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.

But U.S. -North Korea negotiations on the specifics of denuclearization have been apparently at a standstill, raising skepticism about whether North Korea will really implement concrete measures toward denuclearization.

Nevertheless, experts believe that Asian countries are likely to brush off USA sanctions and maintain business ties with Iran despite Washington's pressure to harm all trade ties with the Islamic Republic.

At the ASEAN-plus-three gathering on Saturday, there was no discussion on whether to relax the United Nations sanctions against North Korea, the Japanese government official told reporters.

In Singapore, an East Asia Summit foreign ministers' meeting, including ASEAN members and eight non-ASEAN partners, was held later Saturday.

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