International Relations

From left, Foreign Ministers Yun Byung-se of South Korea, Fumio Kishida of Japan and Wang Yi of China.

Ministerial meeting underscores shifting East Asian alliances

TOKYO -- Japan, South Korea and China made little headway on trilateral cooperation at a foreign ministers' meeting here Wednesday, with a territorial feud and missile defense row driving a wedge between Beijing and its would-be partners, even as Tok...

  • China, South Korea fail to bridge rift over missile defense

    TOKYO -- China and South Korea remained deeply divided over the planned deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in the South at their foreign ministers' meeting Wednesday.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se greeted Chinese counterpa...

  • Japan, China eye September summit amid territorial tensions

    TOKYO -- Japan and China agreed Wednesday to work toward a meeting between their top leaders next month, even as the two sides remain bitterly divided over Chinese incursions near the disputed islands in the East China Sea.This would mark the first s...

  • Test launch brings North Korean threats closer to reality

    SEOUL -- Concerns are growing that North Korea could be ready to deploy submarine-based missiles by the end of the year, after a test launch Wednesday demonstrated rapid development in the country's technology for such weapons.The ballistic missile w...

  • UN Security Council to meet Wednesday on North Korea missile launch

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door meeting on Wednesday at the request of the United States and Japan to discuss North Korea's latest missile launch, diplomats said. North Korea fired a submarine-l...

  • Powerful earthquake strikes Myanmar

    YANGON (Reuters) -- A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people including two children, local officials said, and damaging some of the famous pagodas in the Southeast Asian nation's ancient ca...

  • Earthquake of 6.8 magnitude hits Myanmar

    YANGON (Reuters) -- An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings across the country and the region.The quake struck 143 km (88 miles) west of the city of Meiktila at a depth...

  • Japan, China, South Korea leaders to meet later this year

    TOKYO -- Japan, China and South Korea have inched closer to a leaders' meeting, after the foreign ministers of the three countries met on Wednesday. Recent events have left East Asia in a diplomatic muddle, but the three agreed to cooperate towards n...

  • Japan's SDF to begin training for new tasks under new security laws

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's Self-Defense Forces will begin training personnel for fresh missions under new security laws that have given them more leeway in their use of weapons during U.N. peacekeeping operations, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Wed...

  • Japan condemns North Korea missile launch, lodges stern protest

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned Wednesday North Korea's test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, as Tokyo lodged a stern protest with the reclusive state."It is the first time that an SLBM missile fell inside Japan'...

  • North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast early on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, the latest in a string of missile launches by the isolated country in defiance of UN Security Council reso...

  • Japan to help ASEAN states toughen copyright protection

    TOKYO -- Japan will work with key ASEAN members to develop copyright protection frameworks, hoping to rein in perpetual piracy in those markets.The Agency for Cultural Affairs seeks to help each nation create a powerful organization on copyright mana...

  • Japan, China, South Korea to pave way for summit with ministerial talks

    TOKYO -- Foreign ministers from Japan, China and South Korea will meet in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss economic cooperation and the North Korean nuclear threat, laying the groundwork for a summit among the nations' top leaders.This will be the first...

  • Philippines may start bilateral talks on South China Sea this year

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may begin negotiations with the Chinese government over disputes in the South China Sea "within the year," he told reporters here Tuesday, offering his first specific time frame for such talks.Beijing co...

  • Japan, African countries to discuss infrastructure projects

    TOKYO -- Japanese and African leaders will discuss plans to develop advanced infrastructure on the continent, including high-speed communication networks and urban transport systems, when they meet this weekend in Kenya.About 20 Japanese corporations...

  • New Chinese aircraft carrier to hit water by end of year

    TOKYO -- China's second aircraft carrier -- its first build domestically -- will likely be set afloat by the end of the year, though it may be years until it is officially put to use by the navy.

  • Philippines' Duterte hopes for talks with China by year-end

    MANILA -- Bilateral negotiations between the Philippines and China involving the South China Sea may take place "within the year," President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday. Duterte's special envoy to China, former President Fidel Ramos, met with Chines...

  • China adds finishing touches to G-20 prep work

    TOKYO -- Marco Polo called Hangzhou "without doubt the finest and most splendid city in the world." The Chinese city is home to West Lake, a World Heritage site known for its weeping willows and lotus blossoms and depicted on the one-yuan note. And f...

  • Sea Shepherd agrees to no longer obstruct Japan's whaling vessels

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a U.S.-based anti-whaling group, has reached a court-mediated settlement in which it is permanently prevented from "physically attacking" Japanese whaling vessels and crew, Japan's Institute of Ceta...

  • Duterte snubs UN criticism of drug war

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the U.N. condemnation of extrajudicial killings of drug offenders is meddling in the country's internal affairs, and has even threatened to withdraw from the international body.