• APEC, ASEAN, and more

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    Leaders from around the globe descended on Asia. This week, Asia News Weekly hosts speaks with Curtis S Chin (Milken Institute) and Jonathan Miller (EastWest Insitute) to unpack the APEC and ASEAN summits and glean their key take aways. Difficulties in resolving the comfort women issues, South Korea looks to criminalize a planned protest and regional headlines round out the November 27th edition of the podcast.

    ASEAN+3 Meet in Malaysia

    Less than a week ago, leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as other prominent political players like US President Obama, descended on Kuala Lumpur for the this year’s ASEAN+3 summit. As it is one of the most prominent meetings of its kind, Jonathan Miller, Fellow on East Asia with the EastWest Institute once more returns to the podcast to helpjiscern the key take aways.

    Unpacking APEC 2015

    When it comes to business and the Asia-Pacific region, the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is one leadership meeting to watch. This year the gathering was held in Manila -- and as one might expect there were protests by those opposing what they saw as a meeting of the world's elite who get rich off the backs of those less fortunate. To unpack the meeting get to the key take aways, Miller spoke with Curtis S Chin, Asia Fellow with the Milken Institute who was in Manila at the APEC 2015 gathering.

    Despite viable plans to resolve comfort women issue, roadblocks remain

    One of the big take-aways from the bilateral meeting between South Korean President Park Guen-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was a renewed effort to resolve the longstanding issue of the Comfort Women that has given rise to much of the frayed relations between the two countries. Despite both countries having avenues to finally resolved the matter in their wheelhouses, roadblocks remain.

    The Asia Brief

    Miller rounds out the podcast this week with a series of stories from around the Asia-Pacific region. First, in South Korea, the President is under fire for what many see as a significant step backwards in terms of personal freedom as the leader attempts to use the Paris terror attacks to push through tough policing measures. Then news of China offering up US$10 billion in infrastructure loans to Southeast Asia may make you ask why? Plus the US Ambassador to Thailand raises questions over the junta’s use of the nation’s else majesty laws and headlines that shape the region.

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