Southeast Asia, Australia 'gravely' concerned by North Korean weapons



Turnbull went further at a closing news conference, saying ASEAN and Australia had affirmed their commitment to respond strongly over the "grave concerns we share about North Korea's reckless and illegal nuclear missile programs".

Leaders at the first summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be held in Australia issued a joint statement with Australia that also called for nonmilitarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled the troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since authorities launched a brutal crackdown six months ago that the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing".

The newly announced initiatives meanwhile aim to provide "ways to deepen the engagement between the future leaders of Australia and the ASEAN region", said a statement from Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

Part of the protests involved over one hundred Rohingya community members from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane protested Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has presided over an ethnic genocide of the Rohingya.

The leaders have highlighted the "importance of non-militarisation", liberty of navigation as well as overflight in the region.

At the special summit, both Asean and Australia signed an agreement on counter-terrorism.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the crisis was no longer exclusively a domestic issue for Myanmar, with fleeing Rohingya potential targets for terrorist radicalization.

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The prime minister says the Malaysian delegation was accorded the "highest honours" during the Asean summit in Sydney.

Asean members Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, also have claims in the important trade waterway that is mostly claimed by China, which has been building artificial islands on reefs, some with ports and air strips.

The development of the ASEAN-Australia Digital Trade Standards Initiative will provide a framework to support the development, adoption and use of global digital trade standards.

Speaking at press conference at the close of the summit alongside Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Turnbull said that businesses were more attuned to global developments in their fields than government policy makers, and that the smart cities initiative would help bridge that gap.

Australia's Malcolm Turnbull greets Najib Razak at the Asean special summit in Sydney today.

- Foreign fighter workshops for border security officials.

A "concept note" explained that the ASEAN Smart Cities Network "is envisioned as a collaborative platform where up to three cities from each ASEAN member state including toward the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development".

- 50 new scholarships for ASEAN post graduates students to study in Australia.

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