International Relations

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Ryan Manuel

One Belt, One Road, many mixed messages

China's One Belt, One Road policy has the potential to commit it and its companies to the region for the long term, writes Ryan Manuel.

  • Casting a wider net

    Countries to bolster measures against tax avoidance

    TOKYO -- About 40 countries have agreed on a set of measures for combating tax avoidance by multinational corporations, taking aim at shell companies operating in tax havens. The framework was solidified in a recent round of working-level talks a...

  • Troops along border

    China indirectly tells North Korea to behave itself

    TOKYO -- It is clear that North Korea's latest attention-seeking tantrum crossed a line with China, whose 70th anniversary end-of-the-war military parade takes place later this week. Unlike previous occasions on which North Korea felt the need to sho...

  • Cooperation or confrontation?

    China's US 'fox hunt' strains ties with Washington

    TOKYO -- The blame game between China and the U.S. is heating up. Beijing's covert manhunt for fugitive Chinese officials in the U.S. has incensed Washington. In China, where investors are reeling from a recent stock market crash, netizens see a U.S....

  • Cheap labor fears

    Australian unions decry China free trade deal

    Australian labor unions are protesting the free trade agreement Australia and China signed in June, putting out TV commercials in hopes of galvanizing opposition to a possible influx of Chinese workers and stopping the parliament from ratifying the t...

  • Japan to offer 42bn yen in 3-year ODA for women's empowerment

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday Japan will extend more than 42 billion yen ($347 million) in official development assistance over the next three years to promote education for women and girls. Delivering a speech at an inte...

  • Nicholas Spiro

    China the real worry for emerging market investors

    Investor sentiment towards emerging markets remains bleak. Emerging market stocks have lost 10% in dollar terms this month, resulting in a 20% decline over the past three months. In the period between Aug. 19 and 26, emerging market bond funds su...

  • Humphrey Hawksley

    A beckoning Asia could help to reduce Arctic tensions

    The U.S. needs to start taking the Arctic more seriously, and access to Asian markets could play a role, writes Humphrey Hawksley.

  • Forgotten pioneer

    The EU's half-Japanese 'founding father' and the threats to his dream

    POBEZOVICE, Czech Republic -- Not far from the Czech Republic's border with Germany, a castle stands abandoned and dilapidated. One could call it the cradle of European integration -- a project that has also developed cracks in its foundation. R...

  • Japan-South Korea relations

    President Park tries softer line with Tokyo

    SEOUL -- Japanese officials got a pleasant surprise Aug. 15 when South Korean President Park Geun-hye responded favorably to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The night before...

  • N. Korean leader says ties with S. Korea on track of reconciliation

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed his readiness to improve relations with South Korea, praising this week's deal struck between the rival countries to defuse tensions after they were brought to the brink of military con...

  • South China Sea

    China operates cruise ship to flaunt territorial claims

    SHANGHAI -- China appears ready to peacefully settle regional tensions over disputed islands in the South China Sea. But it is also effectively claiming control over the area by operating a cruise ship there. On Aug. 5, a ministerial meeting of t...

  • Official development assistance

    Japan to take risks supporting infrastructure projects in Asia

    MANILA/TOKYO -- Plans to change guidelines governing projects funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation come as concerns grow over the future influence of the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Before rolling out red carpet for Xi ...

    Obama sends key adviser to China to iron out differences

    BEIJING -- Susan Rice, U.S. President Barack Obama's national security adviser, travels to China this week for talks meant to smooth the way for Chinese President Xi Jinping's American visit next month. Rice's meeting with State Councilor Yang Ji...

  • Maritime law and order

    Southeast Asia grapples with resurgence of 'traditional' piracy

    JAKARTA -- These days, the word "piracy" usually brings to mind illegally copying music, movies or software. But in the waters of Southeast Asia, mainly off Indonesia and Malaysia, the traditional meaning of piracy prevails, with boatloads of armed m...

  • From Shanghai to the world

    How 'Black Monday' unfolded

    BANGKOK -- The global commentariat has dubbed Aug. 24, 2015, another "Black Monday." The original one -- Oct. 19, 1987 -- was a global equity collapse that culminated in a 22.6% drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Substantial U.S. trade and fis...

  • Batten down the hatches

    China brews a global economic storm

    TOKYO -- Market participants are rereading a year-old International Monetary Fund paper that took up the question of the global consequences of slower Chinese growth. China's economic ties with the rest of Asia have deepened not only in terms of ...

  • Tied to China

    Crisis takes toll on currencies

    BANGKOK -- Knee-jerk reactions to Chinese moves in equity markets are currently grabbing headlines. But a longer-term perspective looking at the currency market shows just how deeply connected China has become with the global economy. The Nikkei ...

  • Abe asks Obama to investigate alleged U.S. spying

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to investigate alleged spying on high-level Japanese government and corporate officials, after anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks disclosed last month a list of Jap...

  • 'New Silk Road'

    Is China building bubbles or oases?

    BEIJING -- A development wave is transforming an area along China's border with Kazakhstan that just three years ago boasted little more than a wealth of rocks and sand. A real estate agent on the Chinese side of Khorgos, in the Xinjiang Uighur A...