International Relations

Behind lofty rhetoric

ASEAN economic integration still work in progress

SINGAPORE -- Japanese living here are quickly made aware that their home country and Southeast Asia do not always react to global news or events the same way. Issues that grab headlines in Japan are often ignored here. The ASEAN Economic Communit...

  • Military buildup

    Tensions high between China, neighbors over South China Sea

    MANILA -- The Philippines and Vietnam are beefing up their military presence in the South China Sea amid fresh concerns over China's island-building on disputed territory there. Easing tensions in the region is likely to be a major item on the ag...

  • Riling Japan

    Russia planning major development project on disputed islands

    MOSCOW -- Russia is ramping up infrastructure and military development on the Kuril Islands amid increasing frustration with sanctions by Japan, which claims part of the islands. A development plan put together July 23 put infrastructure construc...

  • Malaysia says Indian Ocean airplane debris is part of a Boeing 777

    KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) -- Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year. ...

  • Money talks

    Economic woes prompt Beijing to reach out to Japan

    TOKYO -- As Japan and China prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II -- albeit in decidedly different ways -- signs of a thaw between the two countries are starting to emerge. Beijing's recent friendliness toward Japan, how...

  • TPP impasse

    Breakthrough needed by end of month

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Japan, the U.S. and other Pacific Rim nations negotiating a trade and investment pact have managed to propose holding another ministerial meeting in late August in a desperate attempt to keep a deal from collapsing. But there appar...

  • TPP negotiation

    Full text of statement by ministers from TPP countries

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- The following is the full text of a joint statement released Friday by ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative after their four-day talks in Hawaii. We, the trade ...

  • TPP negotiations

    Trade ministers fail to bridge gaps

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Trade ministers representing the Trans-Pacific Partnership failed to reach an agreement on Friday despite days of intense negotiations and set no timetable for the next round, highlighting the difficulty in achieving the ambitio...

  • TPP nations fail to secure deal, next ministerial eyed in August

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- Negotiations for a Pacific Rim trade agreement ended Friday without hammering out a much-anticipated deal to create the most ambitious free trade zone in a generation, with the 12 negotiating countries eyeing convening anot...

  • Love/hate thy neighbor

    Tracing the dividing lines of Chinese sentiment toward Japan

    BEIJING -- Last fall, at the Unit 731 Museum in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, a young man approached me and asked, "Are you Japanese?" He said he was a 19-year-old university student and had come to the museum by himself. He told me he had...

  • Pacific trade talks enter make-or-break final day in Hawaii

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (Kyodo) -- Negotiations for a Pacific Rim trade agreement entered the final day Friday on the Hawaiian island of Maui, with trade ministers rushing to secure a deal to create the most ambitious free trade zone in a generation. The...

  • TPP talks go down to the wire

    Drug, dairy issues defy attempts at compromise

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Rifts over protections for drug development data and dairy market access remained as the U.S., Japan and 10 other nations engaged in what are seen as pivotal late-stage negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement....

  • Beijing named host of 2022 Winter Olympics

    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Beijing was awarded the 2022 winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakhstan's Almaty in an International Olympic Committee vote to become the first city to have won both summer and winter editions of the world's biggest multi...

  • WikiLeaks revelations

    US spied on Abe, Mitsubishi, Mitsui

    TOKYO -- U.S. intelligence has been spying on key figures in Japan's government and corporate sector for years, according to documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday. The secrets-busting website revealed 35 classified targets the U.S. National S...

  • Final day

    Malaysia, Vietnam just saying no to parts of TPP

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Malaysia and Vietnam, the Trans-Pacific Partnership's two emerging economies, have offered compromises regarding service sector liberalization but remain steadfast in other "sensitive" areas. With hours to go before ministerial...

  • Japan finance minister: TPP is not a place to negotiate currencies

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso dismissed on Friday a call to set up a forum within the Pacific free trade negotiations to stop countries from manipulating exchange rates. Aso's comments follow remarks from Australia's trade ...

  • TPP talks

    Malaysia, Vietnam to ease investment rules

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Emerging countries will relax regulations on foreign investment in a wide range of areas under a draft agreement by the 12 nations hashing out the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. Malaysia would let foreign companies ...

  • Freeing up trade

    TPP to grease the flow of people, goods

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The coming conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is expected to benefit both corporations and consumers of the trade bloc in unprecedented fashion, accelerating the movement of people and goods across national borders. A ...

  • Taiwan politics

    Anti-China activist commits suicide

    HONG KONG -- A Taiwanese student has killed himself days after he was released home on bail for breaking into the ministry of education to protest local authorities' plans to implement a new "China-centric" curriculum in high schools and vocational s...

  • Evolving diplomacy

    Amid Cambodia-Vietnam border tensions, a 'special' relationship evolves

    PHNOM PENH -- After years of calm neighborly relations, tensions are again rising on Cambodia's eastern border with Vietnam. In May, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party launched a campaign to address alleged Vietnamese encroachments alo...