International Relations

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou leaves the Singaporean prime minister's official residence after paying respects to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on Tuesday. © Reuters

Lee Kuan Yew

Statesman built a bridge between China, Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Lee Kuan Yew is mostly remembered as the architect of modern Singapore. But history will not forget the role he played in trying to bring the peoples of Taiwan and China together. The "founding father of Singapore" passed away Monday at...

  • Russia, Brazil, Denmark are in

    AIIB to have more than 40 founding members

    BOAO, China/BERLIN -- More than 40 countries are likely to become founding members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Russia is the latest to announce that it will participate in the AIIB. It did so Saturday when Igor Shuvalov...

  • China-backed Asia investment bank

    Brazil says will join AIIB

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -- Brazil said on Friday it had accepted China's invitation to join its Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member. "Brazil is very interested in participating in this initiative," the office of Pres...

  • Uproar in Tonga

    China's 'gift' troubles new prime minister

    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga -- Just 102,000 souls live in the Kingdom of Tonga, a backwater in the South Pacific proud of its monarchy and its staunch acceptance of Polynesian traditions and Christianity. But Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, 73, less than t...

  • Pressure on abductions

    Japan eyes 2-year renewal of North Korea sanctions

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is poised to approve a two-year extension of unilateral sanctions against North Korea in hopes of prodding the secretive state to disclose new facts about past kidnappings. The cabinet will decide Tuesday on lengt...

  • Yet another resolution

    UN presses North Korea on abductions, rights violations

    GENEVA -- The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution Friday urging North Korea to stop human rights violations and investigate the abduction of foreigners, including Japanese citizens. The resolution, drafted and submitted by Japan and th...

  • Taiwan finance

    Nationalists keen on China's new regional bank

    TAIPEI -- President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan has declared his government's desire for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China's forthcoming development bank. Ma's statement came as the U.S. and key European countries ...

  • China-Sri Lanka relations

    Colombo port project halt not 'targeting China'

    HONG KONG -- Calling a halt to China's $1.34 billion port development project in Colombo is not anti-Chinese but actually part of a fight against corruption, Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told the Nikkei Asian Review on Friday. K...

  • AIIB

    Jakarta wants second board position after Beijing

    JAKARTA -- Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has told the Nikkei Asian Review that his country wants the position of vice president on the board of the forthcoming Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as China prepares to pin down the ...

  • Joint AIIB-ADB financing

    Abe gives OK under ADB criteria

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has no objection to the Asian Development Bank cooperating with the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as long as ADB standards are met, he said Friday. "For the ADB to jointly finance [pr...

  • Lee Kuan Yew

    Mahathir saddened by his longtime rival's death

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's prime minister for more than 20 years, has written that Southeast Asia lost a strong leader with the passing of Lee Kuan Yew. In a blog entry entitled, "Kuan Yew and I," Mahathir said he is saddened by...

  • Countering Chinese clout

    Japan to offer first yen loan to Angola

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will offer its first yen loan to Angola in a bid to help investments by Japanese businesses and counter China's growing clout in Africa, sources told The Nikkei on Friday. Tokyo will provide financial assistance w...

  • Senkaku showdown

    China being warlike and peaceful

    TOKYO -- China is now making two seemingly contradictory moves in the East China Sea near the Senkaku Islands: Its military is simultaneously making threatening and conciliatory gestures toward Japan. What are China's real intentions? What is hap...

  • Abe to attend state funeral for ex-Singapore leader Lee: gov't

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Singapore on Sunday for a state funeral for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the government said Friday. Taking into account Lee's "significant contribution to peace and prosperity...

  • Rebalancing act

    Sri Lanka, China to deepen economic ties

    BEIJING -- Top leaders from Sri Lanka and China agreed Thursday to step up bilateral economic ties, including infrastructure investment. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, on his first visit to China since taking office in January, met wi...

  • Distant relatives

    Indonesia's ethnic-Chinese companies create opening for China

    JAKARTA -- The ethnic-Chinese-led companies that play an outsize role in Indonesian business are also a force behind the country's economic shift toward China. Their fortunes rising on healthy domestic demand, these companies are seeking outlets ...

  • German police search house of pilot who flew A320 into mountain

    PARIS/SEYNE-LES-ALPES (Reuters) -- A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, prosecutors said on Th...

  • Emerging-market relations

    Latin American infrastructure bank chief touts Asian ties

    BUSAN, South Korea -- Latin America has grown more closely linked to business cycles in Asia, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno said Thursday at a seminar on economic cooperation between the two regions. The bank, whic...

  • Heightening interest

    China to set AIIB founding countries as early as April 15

    BOAO, China -- China expects to officially pin down the founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as soon as April 15. To be set up this year, the bank already has more than half as many members as the rival Asian Development B...

  • Seeking opportunity

    South Korea intends to join China's AIIB

    SEOUL -- South Korea plans to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, becoming yet another U.S. ally to do so despite Washington's cautious stance. Seoul hopes joining the bank, to be set up late this year, will boost South Kor...