International Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, reviews an honor guard with Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, left, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, right, at Nur Khan air base in Islamabad on April 20. (Photo courtesy of Pakistan's Press Information Department) © AP

Opinion & Analysis

As America pivots away, China bets on Pakistan

China is showering Pakistan with aid, but the Mideast country is merely the launching pad in Beijing's global grand strategy, says Daniel Twining.

  • Asia-Africa Conference

    Indonesian president calls for deeper ties

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday called for a stronger partnership between Asia and Africa. "It's time for us to strengthen cooperation [over the] economy, trade and investment," Widodo said in his opening speech for the Asi...

  • S. Korea criticizes Abe's offering to war-related shrine

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea on Tuesday criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for sending a ritual offering earlier in the day to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. "Japanese political leaders should realize that showing admiration ...

  • North Korean politics

    Kim seeks to appease, control country's military

    SEOUL -- Three years after formally taking the reins of power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is attempting the tricky task of cementing his grip on the country's military. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong met with his Indian counterpart...

  • Japan, US see major progress in TPP talks but no deal reached

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs said Tuesday they have moved significantly closer in their bilateral talks for a broader Pacific free trade pact, but some problems still remain to be resolved. Gaps over the biggest sticking points...

  • Pakistan, China to strengthen cooperation on Afghanistan: statement

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- Pakistan and China have agreed to strengthen cooperation on Afghanistan and support the "Afghan-led" peace and reconciliation process, according to a joint statement issued Monday night after talks between Pakistani Prime Ministe...

  • Japan, US say gaps substantially narrowed in trade talks

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs said Tuesday they have "substantially" narrowed gaps in their bilateral talks for a broader Pacific-Rim free trade deal. But Japan's Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said after meetin...

  • A step on the Silk Road

    Beijing expanding soft power with China-Pakistan corridor

    NEW DELHI/BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $45.6 billion Monday to develop an economic corridor between China and Pakistan, marking further progress on the Silk Road initiative and aiming to strengthen Beijing's influence in South Asia...

  • Deep rifts

    Japan, US still divided on rice, autoparts in TPP talks

    TOKYO -- Japanese and American chief negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement failed to bridge remaining gaps on rice and autoparts here Monday. Akira Amari, the Japanese minister in charge of TPP talks, and U.S. Trade R...

  • Marathon TPP talks

    Japan, US fail to bridge differences on sensitive areas

    TOKYO -- Although Japan's Akira Amari did his best to start off talks with U.S. counterpart Michael Froman on a light note, they struggled to make progress Monday on the tariff issues that stand in the way of a Pacific Rim free trade deal. The ne...

  • Minesweeping and ship searches

    Japan, US eye broader cooperation in new defense guidelines

    TOKYO -- Japanese and U.S. forces will cooperate on mine disposal, ship inspections and defense of outlying islands under upgraded bilateral defense guidelines, reflecting Tokyo's ambitions to expand its military role overseas. Japanese defense a...

  • Bypassing Russia

    Central Asian nations warming to Beijing

    MOSCOW -- Central Asian nations, whose economies are rapidly deteriorating due to cheaper energy prices and Russia's business slump, are increasingly looking to China to boost their growth. Kazakhstan's approach was rewarded when Prime Minister K...

  • Japan's wartime past

    Abe must seize opportunity at US Congress

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an excellent opportunity to dispel doubts in the international community about the sincerity of Japan's remorse over its wartime past when he addresses the U.S. Congress later this month. There are stil...

  • Japan, US trade chiefs meet over TPP ahead of summit

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese economic minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Sunday began two days of talks in Tokyo seeking to advance negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact before a U.S.-Japan summit...

  • Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

    PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) -- As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sun...

  • Kokang snubbed

    How China helped along Myanmar peace

    YANGON -- Myanmar is close to peace after decades of internal strife. Government representatives met at the end of March with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups and agreed on a draft ceasefire. The Kachin Independence Organization, the lar...

  • US-led finance at crossroads

    AIIB steals show at G-20 as IMF criticized

    WASHINGTON -- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank won support from the international community at a meeting of Group of 20 leading nation finance chiefs that closed on Friday. The U.S., meanwhile, was criticized for failing to give gre...

  • Time 100

    Obama praises India's Modi in magazine

    NEW DELHI -- U.S. President Barack Obama lavished praise on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a short article for Time's list of 2015's 100 most influential people. The two leaders appear to be on friendly terms. When Obama visited India in ...

  • Rise of AIIB reflects growing presence of emerging economies

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- A planned Chinese-led investment bank may not have been the major theme at a meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs, but it drew significant attention amid the growing presence of emerging economies. On the sidelines of the g...

  • AIIB launch

    ASEAN members expect funding from new bank

    TOKYO -- In November 2014 in Beijing, Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposed to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the headquarters of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank be located in Indonesia. It was not just an off-the-cuff o...