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  • Four Asian states racing to upgrade their nuclear arsenals

    NORTH KOREA has conducted four successful nuclear tests, including one in January. Pyongyang is also making progress on the missile technology needed to deliver an atomic bomb. North Korea's stockpile of nuclear warheads, estimated at 10 to 20, coul

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan ponders whether it needs its own nuclear weapons

    For decades, Japan has sheltered safely under the U.S. nuclear umbrella. But advancing weapons technology and changing American politics are forcing Tokyo to confront a longstanding taboo: will it one day need its own nukes ? China's ever more sophi

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Hiroshima visit marks Obama's last chance to secure non-nuclear legacy

    SINGAPORE The people of Asia have had more than enough of nukes. On one side of the continent, North Korea presses ahead with missile tests, while on the other side Iran has yet to fully relinquish its nuclear development program.In the 20th century

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Obama seals his legacy as a president who reshaped America's Asia policy

    U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to visit Hiroshima, where an American atomic bomb killed approximately 140,000 civilians in 1945, is more than a symbolic act. It will entrench Washington's updated relationship with Asia in both American and J

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Plans to upgrade the US nuclear arsenal are fueling a new arms race

    President Barack Obama wants his visit to Hiroshima, Japan, to be remembered as a sign of his commitment to a nuclear-free world -- a bold pledge that helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.That year, the Nobel Committee cited the U.S. leader'

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must be seen in the proper historical context

    China recognizes the value of U.S. President Barack Obama's idea of a world without nuclear weapons. It understands the tragedy of the atomic bombings and shares the desire to eliminate nuclear weapons.Obama's appeal for a nuclear-free world had los

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Obama's visit has the potential to sour relations with both Japan and South Korea

    U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to Hiroshima can be seen as the culmination of his call for a "world without nuclear weapons." I believe the president will go to Hiroshima also with the intention of further cementing the alliance between

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • China's Midea looks to buy German robotics know-how with Kuka bid

    GUANGZHOU Chinese home appliance company Midea Group has clear reasons to pursue its 4 billion euro ($4.48 billion) offer to take control of German industrial robot maker Kuka.Like many Chinese companies, Midea is eager to move up the value chain. B

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Innovation, creativity making inroads into China's education system

    SHANGHAI A crimson-winged pterosaur eyes some bulky brontosauruses as it flies over a landscape of trees and simple buildings. For Sun Shangjie, aged 4, anything is possible at a Lego Education Center in Shanghai -- even resurrecting dinosaurs."Now,

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • James Stavridis: Submarines are a new facet of Asia's arms race

    The ocean depths of the Pacific are becoming crowded in the latest stage of Asia's arms race, as the region's military powers rapidly increase their submarine fleets and deploy the latest technology.Australia's decision to buy 12 highly advanced die

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan and China don't let politics stand in the way of deals

    TAIPEI The inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen as Taiwan's president is likely to highlight the political gulf between the self-governing island and China. It may also, ironically, bring into sharper focus their deepening economic ties across the Taiwan St

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Tsai charts a new course for relations with China

    TAIPEI China and Taiwan may be in for a period of chilly relations after Taiwan's new president, Tsai Ing-wen, took office on May 20.In her inaugural address, Tsai, 59, said she will strive to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. H

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Willy Lam: China's No. 3 man pours cold water on Hong Kong's independence movement

    Zhang Dejiang, China's third-ranked leader, warned the people of Hong Kong not to "seek secession in the name of localism" during a three-day visit to the territory that ended May 19.However, Zhang, the head of China's National People's Congress and

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • Editorial: Tsai walking cross-strait tightrope

    Tsai Ing-wen, chair of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, has been sworn in as Taiwan's new president, marking the party's return to power after eight years in opposition. What happens in Taiwan has great significance for the economy

    May 26, 2016 12:00 pm JST
  • China leads green bonds boom with more in pipeline

    A wind farm in east China's Shandong province.

    HONG KONG -- Despite its myriad environmental problems, China has become the top issuer of green bonds -- and analysts say this is just the tip of the iceberg.Chinese entities have issued $8.3. billion of such bonds this year through May 24, account

    May 26, 2016 11:00 am JST
  • Abe, Obama echo strong stance on South China Sea

    ISE-SHIMA, Japan -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed Asian maritime tensions Wednesday in a meeting meant partly to display the strength of their countries' alliance in the face of an increasingly assertiv

    May 26, 2016 05:26 am JST
  • ASEAN defense talks on South China Sea subdued by terrorism concerns

    VIENTIANE -- Regional defense ministers on Wednesday spoke of the importance of freedom of marine and air traffic in the South China Sea, which is increasingly becoming a potential hotspot of conflict."[The ministers] reiterate the importance of mai

    May 26, 2016 02:55 am JST
  • Cross-border trade hints sanctions on North Korea taking a bite

    BEIJING -- Chinese imports from North Korea tumbled nearly 20% year on year in April, indicating the United Nations' sanctions against the reclusive state may be producing their intended effects.The U.N. imposed the sanctions to punish Pyongyang's n

    May 26, 2016 02:00 am JST
  • Why China's investors aren't sweating the yuan's latest slide

    HONG KONG -- China's stock market retained its composure Wednesday after the central bank set the weakest reference rate for the yuan in more than five years -- a marked contrast with the panic that accompanied the currency's depreciation early this

    May 26, 2016 01:24 am JST
  • Commentary

    Yu Yongding -- China's Incomplete Growth Strategy

    BEIJING -- China's economic growth has been slowing for six years -- far longer than expected. Eager to stem the slide, Chinese government officials and economists have desperately sought a clear explanation pointing toward an effective policy respo

    May 26, 2016 12:20 am JST