The U.S. pivot to Asia will not mean any new bases in the region, but existing alliances will be strengthened and modernized. Adm. Samuel Locklear, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), said “the U.S. has no intention of establishing more bases” in Asia, but “what we hope to do with our partners . . . is to continue to operate closely.”
ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN agreed to further strengthen coordination and cooperation between member states and the secretariat in order to effectively implement the goals and objectives of the association. "There is a need for the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Member States to improve our coordination, cooperation and communication as well as among the ASEAN sectoral bodies in implementing the three ASEAN Community Blueprints” he said in the meeting last week.
In efforts to boost bilateral cooperation, Thailand and France have signed five accords and memorandums of understanding during French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to Thailand last week. These five agreements cover cooperation in defense, production of four vaccines, research and development in agronomics, vocational curriculum development, and education under which a number of French teaching volunteers will come to teach in various schools in Thailand between June and September 2013.
China continues to crackdown on self-immolations in the Tibetan region. In the past few months, the government has begun a new tactic to discourage the protests, detaining and jailing people it deems to have incited the burnings. The latest detentions took place in the northwestern province of Qinghai, where police detained 70 "criminal suspects", 12 of whom were formally arrested, meaning they will be charged.
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