International Relations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be facing a treacherous territorial dispute with Beijing.

Duterte's presidency sets off for a sea trial

MANILA -- Newly sworn-in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is about to sail into a diplomatic storm in the South China Sea as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to rule on a territorial dispute with the Chinese on July 12.Duterte had ...

  • US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.The State Department made the assessment in its annual Trafficki...

  • China, Taiwan no closer to resuming communication

    BEIJING/TAIPEI -- China and Taiwan are offering no indication that their relationship will take a turn for the better anytime soon.Their communication mechanism for ministerial exchanges "is currently in suspension," the Taiwan Affairs Office of Chin...

  • UN ruling on South China Sea due July 12

    MANILA -- A United Nations court of arbitration said Wednesday it would pronounce its findings July 12 on a petition lodged by the Philippines against China in early 2013 over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.The Philippines asked the tri...

  • Tax avoidance net to widen to 80 countries

    TOKYO -- An international effort to stop egregious corporate tax avoidance will grow to around 80 economies, including emerging markets, the head of the OECD's tax policy center tells The Nikkei.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developme...

  • Japan will weigh trade pact with UK: foreign minister

    TOKYO -- Japan is considering its own bilateral trade agreement with Britain following the country's exit from the EU, Japan's foreign minister said in an interview, stressing that future uncertainties over Brexit are "not desirable."

  • South China Sea ruling to test limits of Chinese control

    MANILA/BEIJING -- An upcoming arbitration ruling on China's territorial claims in the South China Sea could be the first international judgment limiting Beijing's sovereignty in the waters that it calls its own backyard.The Philippines brought its co...

  • South Asia 'shares blame' for Gulf migrant abuses

    KATHMANDU -- Amid growing concern about Qatar's treatment of South Asian migrants building the infrastructure for the 2022 soccer World Cup, activists are warning that labor abuses are widespread throughout the Gulf, and that workers' home countries ...

  • 'Comfort women' pact under threat in South Korea

    SEOUL -- Politics in South Korea's parliament is putting into serious doubt a proposed pact that Tokyo and Seoul have hoped would bring a definitive resolution to the wartime "comfort women" issue.

  • LSE downplays post-Brexit fears of Asian investors

    HONG KONG -- Officials with the London Stock Exchange are working to brush off the post-Brexit worries of Asian investors, ensuring that it will be business as usual.

  • Interview

    Outlook 'pessimistic for 1 or 2 years,' says investor Jim Rogers

    SINGAPORE -- In an exclusive interview with Nikkei Quick News, Jim Rogers talked about the market impact of the U.K. voting to leave the EU. The renowned American investor says he is not planning to buy stocks anywhere in the world.

  • EU to put off Brexit talks until UK selects new leader

    BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders on Tuesday agreed to wait for the U.K. to install a new prime minister, before negotiating the terms of the country's exit from the bloc.Dining with his EU counterparts in Brussels, likely for the last time, outgoin...

  • EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly, markets steadier

    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- European leaders told Britain on Tuesday to act quickly to resolve the political and economic confusion unleashed by its vote to leave the European Union last week, after the IMF said the uncertainty could put pressure on...

  • EU leaders tell Britain to exit swiftly, market rout halts

    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -- European leaders told Britain on Tuesday to act quickly to resolve the political and economic chaos unleashed by its vote to leave the European Union, a move the IMF said could put pressure on global growth.Financial mark...

  • Cameron wants 'closest possible' relations after Brexit

    BRUSSELS -- As Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to urge fellow European Union leaders to let his replacement make the call to begin negotiations on a British exit from the bloc, he was already running into resistance."I very much hope we'll seek...

  • Commentary

    Vijay Sakhuja -- Indo-Chinese tensions heat up

    Beijing's refusal to allow New Delhi to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group is a sign of further tensions ahead between the Asian powers.

  • Russia on edge as Europe eyes other gas sources

    TOKYO -- Russia is growing nervous over European plans to build a massive natural gas pipeline all the way from the Caspian Sea, part of the region's attempt to curb its dependence on Russian gas amid the Ukraine crisis and other political difference...

  • Japan fears UK lacks experience needed to seal trade deals

    TOKYO -- Besides pondering the impact of Brexit on Japanese companies, Tokyo is also growing concerned that the dearth of experienced British trade negotiators likely will cripple the U.K.'s ability to forge new agreements with its trading partners.A...

  • China holds firm ahead of UN's South China Sea ruling

    KUALA LUMPUR -- The ambassadors of China and the Philippines have crossed pens in a local newspaper ahead of a ruling this week by the United Nations' court of arbitration at The Hague in the Netherlands over a simmering territorial dispute in the So...

  • Sterling at lowest since 1985, gilt yield record low below 1 percent

    LONDON (Reuters) -- British financial markets were engulfed in further turmoil on Monday, with 10-year government borrowing costs sinking below 1 percent for the first time and sterling hitting a 31-year low against the dollar as investors bet Britai...