International Relations

Top diplomats attended the East Asia Summit foreign ministers meeting Tuesday in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. © AP

Diplomatic waves stay rough in South China Sea

VIENTIANE -- Japan, the U.S. and China have come no closer to a compromise on territorial disputes in the South China Sea, with heated debate at a regional meeting Tuesday producing no noteworthy results.The East Asia Summit foreign ministers meeting...

  • ASEAN meeting puts Pyongyang's isolation on full display

    VIENTIANE -- North Korea came under heavy criticism for its missile and nuclear programs at an ASEAN meeting here in the Laotian capital Tuesday, highlighting a growing rift with the rest of the world even as the country seeks understanding for its a...

  • Japan, South Korea plan finance talks for August

    TOKYO -- Japanese and South Korean finance officials are arranging a meeting in Seoul for late August, aiming to advance economic cooperation amid a diplomatic thaw spurred by last year's agreement to resolve a dispute over wartime "comfort women."Th...

  • China makes its presence felt at ASEAN

    VIENTIANE -- By the time U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here in the Laotian capital Monday afternoon, the diplomatic game was over.Foreign ministers from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had issued their joint communi...

  • Philippines puts brave face on missing ASEAN consensus

    VIENTIANE -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed to a rules-based approach to resolving regional disputes despite its foreign ministers failing to speak with one voice against China's expansionism in the South China Sea, Perfecto Yasay,...

  • Democrats commit to US defense of Japan under 'rebalance' to Asia

    PHILADELPHIA (Kyodo) -- The Democratic Party on Monday pledged to continue U.S. President Barack Obama's strategic "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific region and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to defense of Japan under the bilateral security treaty."...

  • Behind Democrats' email leak, U.S. experts see a Russian subplot

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- If the Russian government is behind the theft and release of embarrassing emails from the Democratic Party, as U.S. officials have suggested, it may reflect less a love of Donald Trump or enmity for Hillary Clinton than a desi...

  • Philippines' Duterte insists on using arbitral ruling vs. China

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday his administration will use the ruling handed down by a United Nations-backed international court in its arbitration case against China over the two countries' maritime dispute in ...

  • Japan, US keep pushing China to accept tribunal ruling

    VIENTIANE -- Japan and the U.S. continued building pressure on China to abide by a recent international tribunal ruling rejecting its claims in the South China Sea, even as Beijing persuaded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to exclude any m...

  • Russia dodges geopolitical bullet with IOC decision

    MOSCOW -- The International Olympic Committee's decision not to ban all Russian athletes from next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics is a godsend for Moscow, letting it avoid direct conflict with the U.S. and Europe despite accusing Washington of orche...

  • China, South Korea friction lingers after foreign minister talks

    VIENTIANE -- South Korea and China's foreign ministers failed to make headway Sunday night on a dispute over Seoul's plans to deploy a missile defense system that Beijing says hurts its national security interests.South Korea's deployment of a Termin...

  • China urges denuclearization in envoy talks with North Korea

    VIENTIANE -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly reiterated Beijing's demand for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula in a meeting with his North Korean counterpart here Monday.Wang shook hands with Ri Yong Ho of North Korea in front of cameras ah...

  • In win for Beijing, sea ruling omitted from ASEAN communique

    VIENTIANE -- Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Monday released a belated joint communique with no direct mention of the recent international tribunal ruling on the South China Sea, an omission seen as beneficial to Beijing.

  • Democratic platform to call for stronger US-Japan alliance

    WASHINGTON -- Drawing a contrast with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the Democratic Party will seek to strengthen the U.S. alliance with Japan, according to the soon-to-be-approved party platform.The policy document, which is expected ...

  • ASEAN fails to welcome int'l ruling on South China Sea

    VIENTIANE (Kyodo) -- Southeast Asian foreign ministers on Monday failed to make a united assessment on an international tribunal's ruling earlier this month that rejected China's claims to almost the entire South China Sea.The foreign ministers of th...

  • Japan, South Korea agree to push along comfort women deal

    VIENTIANE (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se affirmed Monday their intention to move towards implementing a landmark deal over Korean women forced into wartime brothels for the Japanese mi...

  • Japan, China foreign ministers to meet in Laos over South China Sea

    VIENTIANE (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will meet later Monday for talks on the sidelines of a series of regional meetings in Laos, the Japanese government said.During the meeting, Kishida is l...

  • China says S.Korea's THAAD anti-missile decision harms foundation of trust

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has criticised South Korea's move to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defence system to counter threats from North Korea, saying it harmed the foundation of their mutual trust, news reports said...

  • Japan, S. Korea foreign ministers meet over comfort women deal

    VIENTIANE (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se met for talks Monday at which they are expected to affirm the steady implementation of a landmark deal over Korean women forced into wartime br...

  • Lack of joint statement underscores threat to ASEAN unity

    VIENTIANE -- Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to issue a communique after a meeting here Sunday amid conflict over how to respond to a tribunal's denial of Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, with their inaction indicating that...