International Relations

Xi, right, with Elbegdorj on Thursday. © Kyodo

China mending fences with neighbors ahead of APEC meeting

ULAN BATOR -- China is working to improve relations with nearby countries before November's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, particularly Mongolia, which it views as key to northeastern Asia. President Xi Jinping met with M...

  • Chinese president visits Mongolia for 1st time in more than decade

    ULAN BATOR (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday arrived in Mongolia for a two-day official visit, during which he is expected to sign a host of agreements aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation on energy, trade and security. Xi's ...

  • S. Korea consoles Japan over deadly landslides, flooding

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea on Thursday offered "deep consolation" to Japan for massive damages caused by recent landslides and flooding in Hiroshima, which have left 39 people dead and seven missing. "Our government conveys our deep consolation...

  • Russia rushes to diversify import sources amid tensions with West

    MOSCOW -- Russia is scrambling to diversify the sources of its imports in response to the recent round of tit-for-tat sanctions between Moscow and the West. The U.S. and European countries imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine an...

  • New Korean ambassador to Japan eager to mend bilateral ties

    SEOUL -- Former South Korean lawmaker Yoo Heung-soo, who spent his early childhood in Japan and has personal connections with Japanese officials, is resolved to help thaw the frosty bilateral relationship as he prepares to take up his post as ambassa...

  • Xi trip could smooth road to Mongolia

    ULAN BATOR -- China is financing and building international railways and highways as far away as Kenya and Peru, yet transport links across its 4,710km border with Mongolia, its longest, remain sparse and often rudimentary. That could be set to c...

  • Ousted Taiwan official denies security breach

    TAIPEI -- A Taiwanese official sacked for allegedly leaking sensitive information to Beijing has denied any wrongdoing and said he is being persecuted for disagreeing with his superiors on issues related to China. Chang Hsien-Yao, the former depu...

  • Taiwan claims security fears behind sacking of China negotiator

    TAIPEI -- A Taiwanese official said Tuesday a senior official involved in dealings with China has been removed from office on suspicion of "breaching national security," a common local reference to leaking sensitive information to Beijing. Mainla...

  • Japan hopes to export disaster management system to Indonesia

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is planning to export to Indonesia a system designed to reduce damage from natural disasters by enabling centralized management and transmission of disaster information. Tokyo aims to dispatch a team of experts to...

  • Japanese likely held in Syria said to have accompanied rival group

    CAIRO (Kyodo) -- A Japanese man who is feared to have been captured in northern Syria by the Islamic State extremist group is believed to have been travelling with a rival Islamist militant group fighting the regime of President Basher al-Assad. ...

  • Sankei reporter appears at prosecutors' office over Park article

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The Seoul bureau chief of the mass circulation Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun on Monday, in response to a summons by the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office for suspected defamation of President Park Geun Hye, appeared at the o...

  • Pope Francis greets former "comfort women" at mass in Seoul

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Pope Francis on Monday greeted a group of South Korean women who were forced into the brothels for the Japanese military during World War II. At Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, the pope briefly shook hands with each of the seven w...

  • Japanese man feared detained by Islamist militants in northern Syria

    CAIRO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese Foreign Ministry said Sunday it has received information that a Japanese man has been held by Islamist extremists in Aleppo, northern Syria. While the ministry said it is trying to verify the information including th...

  • Abe skips shrine visit to avoid wrath of China, South Korea

    TOKYO -- Shinzo Abe did not take part in a controversial pilgrimage to a war-linked Tokyo shrine by top government officials on Friday as the Japanese prime minister hoped to signal a reconciliatory stance toward China and South Korea through his con...

  • India's Modi, Japan's Abe to meet in Tokyo on Sept. 1

    TOKYO -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Japan from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, the Japanese government said Friday. Modi's visit will mark his first overseas trip to a major industrial country since taking office. He attended the BRICs su...

  • China shifts to waiting game on Senkakus

    TOKYO -- Quiet changes are taking place in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands, although there are no signs of an end to the dispute between Japan and China over the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea. China is starting to ...

  • Park urges Japan to make next year 'starting point for new era'

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- President Park Geun Hye urged Japan on Friday to work with South Korea to make next year, which marks the 50th year of normalized ties between the two countries, a "new starting point for a new era" of bilateral relations. "Based...

  • Two Japanese ministers visit war-linked Yasukuni Shrine

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Two Japanese Cabinet ministers visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Friday, the 69th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II, in a move likely to draw a rebuke from Asian neighbors that suffered from Japan's war time ag...

  • Former foes US, Vietnam move closer on defense

    HANOI -- America's top-ranking military officer met with his Vietnamese counterpart here Thursday, underscoring their countries' rapidly deepening military relationship. Martin Dempsey became the first U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to set f...

  • Crisis on Iraqi mountain not over: UN

    NEW YORK -- Thousands of Iraqis who fled Islamic militants remain trapped atop Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, a United Nations spokesperson said Thursday, disputing the U.S. assessment that the crisis is effectively over. "The situation on the mo...