International Relations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, second left, talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a statue of Maduro's predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, looks on. © Reuters

Xi swings by Latin America to make overtures

BEIJING -- Aiming to raise China's regional profile, President Xi Jinping is using a tour through four nations of Latin America to bolster ties in trade and infrastructure development. Meeting with members of the Community of Latin American and C...

  • South Korea taps ex-lawmaker as ambassador to Japan

    SEOUL -- South Korea plans to appoint a former four-term lawmaker with close ties to Japan as its new top envoy to Tokyo, sources said Tuesday. A former national police agency bureaucrat, Yoo Heung-soo is currently head of the Korea-Japan Friends...

  • Japan, Mongolia agree on free trade accord

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and Mongolia reached a substantive free trade agreement on Tuesday featuring Ulan Bator's abolition of its tariffs on most Japanese automobiles in 10 years. The size of the bilateral trade is relatively small, but Tokyo app...

  • A new kind of 'great power relationship'? No thanks, Obama subtly tells China

    TOKYO -- While China traditionally attaches great importance to the concept of "saving face," a high-ranking member of its government recently seemed to make his U.S. counterpart lose face before a global audience. The occasion was the closing ce...

  • Vietnam blows hot and cold over intellectual property

    HANOI -- Here is a situation dripping with irony: Vietnam, where the government is often accused of turning a blind eye to all sorts of intellectual property infringement, is having a great deal of success abroad when it comes to protecting its own p...

  • Rising nationalism threatens Asia's economic interdependence

    BANGKOK -- Asia's rapid ascent has led many to dub this the "Asian century," but an intensifying cycle of nationalism is one of a number of issues the region must overcome to become a driver of the global economy.China at the centerChinese oil drilli...

  • Moscow scurries to deflect blame for Malaysia Airlines crash

    MOSCOW -- Russian leaders asserted Monday that responsibility for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 lies with Ukraine, seeking to refute charges that pro-Russian rebels are to blame for the crash that claimed nearly 300 lives. Internat...

  • Japan, Mongolia to reach broad agreement on trade pact

    TOKYO -- The Japanese and Mongolian governments are expected to agree on the rough outline of an economic partnership agreement when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj meet Tuesday. The two sides likely reached a consen...

  • Japan, Brazil to collaborate in tapping hard-to-reach offshore oil

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is set to help Brazil with a large, deep-sea oil development project, sources told The Nikkei on Saturday. The assistance is to involve the provision of shipbuilding technologies that are vital for tapping the fuel. ...

  • Malaysia Airlines defends MH17's flight over Ukraine war zone

    SEPANG, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- Malaysia Airlines whose plane was shot down over Ukraine insisted Saturday that it did not make a mistake in flying over a war zone. "For Malaysia Airlines, our threat analysis said it is safe," Malaysia Airlines Direc...

  • Deadline for Iran nuclear talks extended to November

    VIENNA (Kyodo) -- Iran and major powers agreed Friday to extend the deadline for concluding talks over Tehran's nuclear program from Sunday to Nov. 24 as differences remain over the limits on Iran's uranium enrichment capacity. "There are still s...

  • G-20 trade chiefs reaffirm importance of trade facilitation

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Trade ministers from the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging economies on Saturday reaffirmed the importance of promoting global trade facilitation, a key part of a trade deal agreed last year in Bali. Attention was focused ...

  • U.S. Marines send 2 Osprey aircraft to Sapporo amid local protests

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The U.S. Marine Corps on Saturday sent two of its MV-22 Osprey aircraft from a base in western Japan to Sapporo, via a stop at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, for a weekend air show. It was the first time for an MV-22 to fly to the To...

  • Malaysian plane downed by missile from pro-Russia area: U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- President Barack Obama said Friday the United States believes the Malaysia Airlines airplane that crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down by a missile from an area controlled by pro-Russia separatists. "Evidence indicates ...

  • Responsibility for downed jet still unclear

    MOSCOW -- Ukraine and Russia are engaged in an information war over a passenger jet shot down over eastern Ukraine, which may make it all the more difficult to discover what actually happened. The U.S. and European nations consider it most likely...

  • Transport chief says ill-fated jet took 'approved' course

    SINGAPORE -- Malaysia's transport minister is defending the flight path taken by the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine, saying other carriers cross the same airspace. "Fifteen out of 16 airlines in the Association of Asia Paci...

  • 181 bodies found at crash site of downed airliner in Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (Kyodo) -- Ukrainian authorities said Friday that 181 bodies have so far been found in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian Airlines plane with 298 people on board crashed on Thursday. Ukraine Foreign Ministr...

  • US: evidence points toward separatists in missile that downed airliner

    WASHINGTON --The U.S. now believes that pro-Russian separatists were responsible for firing the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jetliner, a Defense Department official said Friday. Officials in Washington also confirmed that the missile was...

  • Malaysia Airlines in denial over shootdown

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary, Malaysian officials insisted Friday that the flight path followed by Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was safe. "I would like to reiterate it was an approved route," Transport Minister Liow ...

  • China's Xi turns on the charm but will Modi be swayed?

    BEIJING -- Intellectual speculation is a favorite hobby of the Indian elite, but even the shrewdest of them did not suspect what gift Chinese President Xi Jinping would come bearing on his first date with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which to...