Najib meets with Australian PM on sidelines of Sydney summit

20 March, 2018, 04:48 | Author: Diane Mills
  • PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

Although several ASEAN countries already conduct joint exercises, other China-aligned member nations oppose such operations, making a consensus at the summit hard.

In a speech at a counter-terrorism conference on the sidelines of the special summit on Saturday, Mr Najib had said: "Rakhine with thousands of despairing. people who see no hope in the future will be a fertile ground for radicalisation and recruitment by (ISIS) and affiliated groups".

"It's a very complex problem", Turnbull told reporters, adding it was a humanitarian disaster.

"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.

Vietnam remains the most vocal opponent of Beijing's military installations and construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, while the Philippines appeared to have changed its position under its China-friendly president, Rodrigo Duterte.

On the success achieved at the summit, Najib said Australia had recognised Asean as an important organisation which had succeeded in promoting regional peace and stability.

"We will uphold our commitment to the rules-based order and global law in the region, including the South China Sea", stressed Turnbull.

The Australian newspaper said it would include a regional digital forensics taskforce and uniform criminal legislative frameworks to secure prosecutions.

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With China flexing its muscle, they also committed to enhancing "the scope and sophistication of defence cooperation", while expressing "grave concern" about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

In response, Canberra has consolidated key functions like national security, immigration, counter-terrorism, cyber-security, and border protection under a newly-created Home Affairs department, headed by Dutton.

With the so-called Islamic State caliphate mostly crushed in Iraq and Syria, Australia and Southeast Asian countries are making sure they are ready to keep Islamic extremists at bay.

Protestors at the rally chanted "Go Home Aung San Suu Kyi".

The joint message from the ASEAN leaders and their Australian host is also expected to restate the need for an agreed solution to conflicting sovereignty claims in areas such as the South China Sea.

He said that the ASEAN region could be the world's fourth-largest economy by 2030.

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 worldwide best practice.

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