International Relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in September © AP

The myth of China's strategic shrewdness

TOKYO --Imagine if just a few days before China's leader Xi Jinping made his first official visit to Japan, the Chinese navy entered the Japanese territory around Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Should it happen, tensions would boil over, maki...

  • Japan, China look to restart high-level economic talks

    BEIJING -- The governments of Japan and China will seek to resume cabinet-level talks on economic matters as early as next year, attempting to put aside thorny issues of territory and history to find common ground. Japanese Deputy Prime Minister ...

  • UN's Ebola fund low on cash as pledges fail to appear

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations trust fund for Ebola has only $100,000 left despite an appeal to the international community for $1 billion, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. Ban told reporters at U.N. headquarters that the ...

  • Thailand's coup leader works to win over EU's diplomats

    BRUSSELS -- Thailand's military leaders may have swapped their army fatigues for silk suits after their May 22 coup, but at least in Europe, some governments have indicated that the newly established class of civilian-styled generals is not fooling a...

  • Ebola: Asia's biggest fear is fear itself

    This is the big one. For the three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola crisis -- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia -- the current outbreak of the deadly virus is heading for a catastrophe of unimaginable scale. With infection spreading ex...

  • Japan seeks to work with Asian countries on cyberdefense

    TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will strengthen collaboration with Asian countries in defending against cyberattacks, which are rapidly rising even in developing countries. The ministry aims to raise the cyberattack prepa...

  • China woos Australia, South Korea for regional development bank

    BEIJING -- China is seeking to rope Australia and South Korea into the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank partnership to boost the institution's prestige and make it less menacing to the world's existing financial order. The fifth consultation ...

  • Australia may join China-led development bank: finance minister

    TOKYO -- Australia is "actively considering" joining the China-headed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Finance Minister Joe Hockey told The Nikkei here on Monday. Australia plans to sign a memorandum of understanding this week. Hockey said t...

  • US, Japan muster new aid for Ebola fight

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is ready to appoint an official to oversee the response to a potential outbreak of Ebola fever in the U.S., while Japan began weighing additional support for fighting the disease. American anxiety about Ebola ...

  • Hoping for summit, Abe plays nice with China at ASEM meet

    MILAN -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the improvement in bilateral ties with China at the Asia-Europe Meeting here this week by greeting the Chinese premier and refraining from directly criticizing China's maritime expansionism. A...

  • Abe greets Chinese Premier Li at Asia-Europe summit

    MILAN (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchanged greetings with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday during a gathering of Asian and European leaders, a senior government official said Friday. Abe and Li, the second-highest ranking...

  • Mutual suspicion still hampering cross-strait investment

    BEIJING -- Taiwan's government has said it will send a special envoy to next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Forum conference here, keeping with tradition and dashing hopes for a first-ever summit between the leaders of mainland China and its estranged...

  • Japan's Aso to meet with Chinese vice premier

    TOKYO -- Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso is expected to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on the sidelines of a finance ministers' gathering next week in hopes of paving the way for a bilateral summit, sources said Thursday. Aso, w...

  • Abe plays up friendship with China while pushing for summit with Xi

    TOKYO -- In the world of diplomacy, words can be a weapon. With this in mind, the Japanese prime minister's latest remarks are particularly significant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recently started using the expression "stable friendly relation...

  • Insecurity hangs over Thai generals as they take world stage

    As he boarded the plane from Bangkok to Milan Oct. 14 for the 10th annual Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Thailand's new Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was no doubt feeling optimistic about his government's prospects. The visit to Italy highlights the ...

  • How Putin's tenacity over Ukraine worked for him

    TOKYO -- On the morning of Sept. 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin's private phone rang during his visit to Russia's Far East. The caller was Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who wanted to talk to Putin about a cease-fire in the eastern part o...

  • UN warns of weak response to Ebola outbreak

    UNITED NATIONS -- The international community has failed to mount an adequate response to the Ebola outbreak, the United Nations Security Council warned Wednesday, urging the world to scale up assistance to afflicted nations. All countries and or...

  • US urges Japan to take "bold" steps in TPP talks

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan needs to take "bold" steps toward concluding Pacific free trade talks, Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said Wednesday, noting that difficult issues remain between the two sides. "Our hope is that Japane...

  • US airbase starts dismantling "Elephant Cage" antenna in north Japan

    AOMORI, Japan (Kyodo) -- The U.S. military began Wednesday a year-long project to dismantle an aged antenna array nicknamed the "Elephant Cage" at its Misawa Airbase in northern Japan that was used to intercept radio transmissions during the Cold War...

  • Abe, Obama confirm cooperation on Pacific free trade, Ebola

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed by phone Wednesday that they will continue to work closely on issues such as a Pacific Rim free trade initiative and the deadly Ebola virus, a government of...