International Relations

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Future of Asia

Security experts on China's rise, shifting US political tides

TOKYO -- Beijing is likely to see few benefits from its maritime assertiveness, a Japanese academic argued at an international conference on Tuesday. A professor from China, meanwhile, stressed his country's growing might is not the only reason for t...

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    Region needs forum to tackle security issues -- Mongolian foreign minister

    TOKYO -- Asia lacks a platform for dealing with common security threats, but Mongolia can be a "bridge builder" that fills the void, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.The region has many unresolved issues, with "the last stronghold and d...

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    Stable politics paving way for Indonesian reforms -- minister

    TOKYO -- The Indonesian government of President Joko Widodo sees bright prospects for reform, now that a friendly coalition is in control of parliament, a senior official told a conference on Tuesday.The newly elected chairman of Indonesia's largest ...

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    Tomohiko Taniguchi -- Why even no apology was welcome in Hiroshima

    Amidst the orange hue of a setting sun, President Obama solemnly declared: "That is why we come to Hiroshima. So that we might think of people we love. The first smile from our children in the morning. The gentle touch from a spouse over the kitchen ...

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    TPP not beneficial for member nations -- Malaysia's Mahathir

    TOKYO -- Regional free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are not always beneficial for member nations, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday at the 22nd Future of Asia conference in Tokyo."I don't think th...

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    How Southeast Asia can fund its infrastructure needs

    TOKYO -- Southeast Asian countries should dip into their foreign exchange reserves to finance infrastructure improvements, a former head of the regional bloc told a conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. During a panel discussion, participants also called f...

  • Japan may join crackdown on Chinese steel exports

    TOKYO -- Japan looks to join the U.S. and European Union in imposing anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese steel exports, though findings that domestic steelmakers have not been substantially harmed could make such measures difficult to justify.Leaders at ...

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    Boost productivity to make most of population edge -- Indian finance minister

    TOKYO -- Enhancing productivity across the region would help to ensure the coming years are "Asian decades," Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday in Tokyo."Sixty-percent of the global population lives in Asia. But today, Asia still ac...

  • North Korea sends top official to China

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A top North Korean official made a surprise visit to China on Tuesday, in a potential sign of Pyongyang's latest attempt to mend fences with its most important ally. The official is Ri Su Yong, a former foreign minister who became ...

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    Pan-Asia trade pact crucial for growth -- Thai economy czar

    TOKYO -- Thailand's head of economic policy, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, on Tuesday gave a strong public endorsement of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed Asiawide trade liberalization pact.

  • Attempted North Korea missile launch fails -- South Korean officials

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korea attempted to fire a missile from its east coast early on Tuesday morning but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean military officials told Reuters.The launch attempt took place at around 5:20 a.m. Seoul time (...

  • China's Xi says hopes to get Philippines ties back on track

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China hopes to get relations with the Philippines back on track, President Xi Jinping has told new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after ties were affected by an increasingly bitter spat over territorial claims in the South...

  • Photo bolsters Japan's efforts over missing journalist in Syria

    TOKYO -- Japan's government is gathering information in hopes of securing the release of a Japanese journalist thought to be taken hostage in Syria, following a new image that surfaced online Monday.The government identified a photo early that mornin...

  • Uganda, South Korea leaders sign co-operation agreements

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda and South Korea signed cooperation agreements Sunday that officials here hope will lead to transfer of technology as Uganda tries to implement an ambitious industrialization program.The memorandums of understanding in a...

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    Duterte will bring more growth to Philippines, says outgoing FinMin

    TOKYO -- Outgoing Philippine Secretary of Finance Cesar V. Purisima said he is optimistic that president-elect Rodrigo Duterte will bring the country into "the next stage of growth", citing the latter's track record of leadership and economic platfor...

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    Japan, US should ratify TPP this year -- JETRO chief

    TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. should ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership within 2016 to help create "a new and high-level Asian free trade system," Hiroyuki Ishige, chairman of the Japan External Trade Organization, said on Monday in Tokyo.Speaking at...

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    Steady growth hinges on economic integration -- Cambodia minister

    TOKYO -- Integrating Asian economies through a proposed regional partnership and other trade deals is vital for achieving sustainable growth, Cambodia's public works minister said on Monday. Asian economies, which grew at an average combined rate of ...

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    Bring down 'behind the border' barriers -- New Zealand commerce minister

    TOKYO -- Asia-Pacific nations should lower "behind the border" barriers and free up flows of people, services, capital and ideas, according to Paul Goldsmith, New Zealand's minister of commerce and consumer affairs.Goldsmith on Monday told a conferen...

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    Experts see room for regional growth amid China slowdown

    TOKYO -- Despite the global headwinds and China's economic slowdown, a panel of experts on Monday agreed that there is still room for economic expansion across Asia.Sudhir Shetty, the World Bank's chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific, told ...

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    Region needs a new growth model -- Vietnam's deputy prime minister

    TOKYO -- Asian countries need to "transform their development model" to sustain economic growth and continue raising the region's global profile, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dzung said on Monday in Tokyo.Dzung told the 22nd Internatio...