International Relations

Japan, China, South Korea agree on Ebola cooperation

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- The health ministers of Japan, China and South Korea said Sunday they will collaborate closely in preventing Ebola and other deadly diseases from entering their borders. The trilateral meeting was held in Beijing at a time of t...

  • Washington and Pyongyang

    North Korea's release of American captives aimed at dialogue

    WASHINGTON -- North Korea's release of two Americans -- Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller -- on Nov. 8 may have seemed like a surprise move to many, but it occurred only after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations in which Pyongyang called many of the...

  • China building island in Spratlys, possibly for airstrip: report

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Satellite imagery shows China is building in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea a new island so large that it could be a site for the country's first airstrip in the disputed sea, according to a major defense journal. The...

  • West isolates Russia

    Putin gets frosty reception from world leaders

    TOKYO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has found himself increasingly isolated at recent summits as Russia comes under intense pressure from the international community for its ongoing conflict with Ukraine. However, he has found a rare friend...

  • Washington, the AIIB and Taiwan

    US not fighting China-backed fund, senior official says

    TAIPEI -- Striking a reconciliatory tone, a senior U.S. diplomat said Thursday that Washington is not trying to undermine Chinese efforts to create a fund aimed at helping develop infrastructure in Asia. The statement by Kurt Tong, U.S. principle...

  • Ebola in India

    Officials look to strengthen defenses after 'survivor' isolated

    NEW DELHI -- An Indian man who was treated and "cured" of Ebola in Liberia has been quarantined upon his return home, after his semen tested positive for the virus. Although officials say they have contained the risk of this particular case, the coun...

  • Pyongyang-Moscow connection

    North Korea eager to boost ties with Russia to fend off West

    MOSCOW -- Not ready to play the part of lone wolf on the international stage, North Korea is seeking to warm things up with Russia, a country that is also facing tough sanctions from the West. Choe Ryong Hae, a senior member of the ruling Workers...

  • Offshore intruders

    Japan steps up patrols against coral poachers

    TOKYO -- Japan's coast guard plans to bolster its crackdown on foreign ships, believed to belong to Chinese coral poachers, in Japan's southern waters around the Ogasawara Islands. The foreign vessels have been gathering in entire flotillas. The ...

  • Japan-US defense cooperation

    Tokyo wants delay on guideline review

    TOKYO -- Japan will sound out the U.S. on postponing completion of an updated framework for defense cooperation until next spring as the looming Japanese lower house election crowds out other political business. With Japanese likely to go to the ...

  • Karl Kaltenthaler

    Islamic State 'outbidding' al-Qaida in South Asia

    The landscape of violent extremist Islamism is changing in Asia. Al-Qaida, once a growing and potent threat, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is now a shadow of its former self. In the late 1990s, al-Qaida co-ran Afghanistan with the Tal...

  • Islamic State in Asia

    What happens when the fighters come home?

    JAKARTA/KUALA LUMPUR -- A total of at least 100 Indonesians and Malaysians are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Several volunteers have died this year as suicide bombers or in combat. Officials from the South...

  • Obama's uphill battle

    US president's armored car and gum-chewing drew lots of attention in China

    TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama was standing silently beside Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had a tight smile plastered on his face. Just then, Russian President Vladimir Putin came to stand on the other side of the Chinese leader. It was ...

  • Stern-faced Xi

    Photo diplomacy helps direct China

    TOKYO -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's stony-faced pose for photographers has become a talking point. Shaking hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan before Nov. 10 Beijing talks, Xi's face was a Kodak moment of the wrong kind. He would ha...

  • N. Korea's special envoy meets Putin, gives letter from Kim

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Pyongyang's latest efforts to seek diplomatic and economic support from other countries as a possible counterbalance to Chin...

  • Tax time-out

    Abe finds global sympathy for delay

    TOKYO -- The world is greeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to postpone a tax increase on consumers with a mixture of relief that the Japanese economy will be spared another blow and concern about the fiscal repercussions. In China and So...

  • The Sanskrit rift

    German no longer part of India's education zeitgeist

    NEW DELHI -- The Indian government's decision to drop German as a third language in state-run central schools has kicked up a row. Kendriya Vidyalayas, or KVs, as the central schools are referred to in India, have been offering German as a third ...

  • Keith B. Richburg

    Obama reasserts his commitment to the Asia-Pacific region

    It did not take long for international and domestic crises to interrupt the glow of President Barack Obama's eight-day Asian sojourn. As he boarded Air Force One to return home, there was a new video from the radical group Islamic State showing t...

  • Xi and Abe

    Who wanted a summit more?

    TOKYO -- Yasuo Fukuda, a former Japan prime minister, secretly visited Beijing in June. The capital at that time was rife with speculation and backroom politics as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation approached. Talks with Chinese government of...

  • Japan cuts Antarctic whale catch target by 2/3

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government said Tuesday it will reduce the number of whales to be taken in the Antarctic Ocean to one-third of the previous target, as the country seeks to continue its "research whaling" despite a U.N. court ordering To...

  • Pacific trade pact

    Australia, China reach free trade agreement

    SYDNEY -- The leaders of Australia and China concluded a free trade agreement Monday that will mutually remove tariffs and foster investment, as well as bring a yuan clearing bank to Sydney. Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed Australia's parl...