There is more convergence of interests than many might have noticed between development strategies of ASEAN countries, either collectively and individually, and China-proposed initiatives such as the Belt and Road, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Lancang-Mekong Cooperation framework (LMC).
Mass protests across Japan showing the magnitude of public condemnation for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe forcing through parliament security bills that have reversed 70 years of pacifism have dominated press headlines in Tokyo as the year draws to a close.
Hopes faded on Sunday for 78 people missing from a ferry that sank off Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi, officials said, after 37 passengers were pulled alive from rough seas by rescuers in helicopters, fishing vessels and rubber dinghies.
At least 39 people have been rescued and three bodies recovered after a passenger boat carrying 118 people capsized off Sulawesi Island Saturday, head of local search and rescue agency said on Sunday.
At least 31 people have been rescued and 3 bodies recovered after a passenger boat carrying more than 100 people capsized off Sulawesi Island Saturday, head of search and rescue office in South Sulawesi, Roki Asikin, said on Sunday.