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  • South Korea says U.S. reaffirmed it will pay THAAD costs

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1 billion battery designed to defend against

    May 1, 2017 12:20 pm JST
  • Tea Leaves

    Diversity trumps 'Asian values'

    Political and strategic policy differences between the democracies of Northeast and Southeast Asia are widening. In the era of globalization and social media, long-assumed cultural similarities between these two regions are not holding up. This is i

    May 1, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Duterte, Trump talk North Korea

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte called on President Donald Trump to be prudent in his handling of North Korea during an overnight phone call after an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Pasay City concluded on Saturday.As AS

    April 30, 2017 05:41 pm JST
  • Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to Washington, White House says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone call on Saturday that also addressed concerns over North Korea, the White House said in a statement.The White House g

    April 30, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • ASEAN makes concession to China

    MANILA -- In a nod to Beijing's lobbying, Southeast Asian leaders concluded a summit here on Saturday by avoiding references to China's island-building in the South China Sea and to a landmark arbitration ruling that rendered such projects illegal.T

    April 30, 2017 12:15 pm JST
  • Duterte asks Trump to be prudent with North Korea

    MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is urging U.S. President Donald Trump for prudence in dealing with North Korea.After a summit here among leaders of Southeast Asian nations on Saturday, Duterte told reporters he was scheduled to speak

    April 30, 2017 12:32 am JST
  • ASEAN summit opens with concerns over threats to peace, stability

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations kicked off their summit Saturday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressing concerns over threats to regional peace and stability, while also stressing the need to tac

    April 29, 2017 04:08 pm JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn

    ASEAN at 50: Carry on soul searching?

    The slogan of ASEAN 2017 under its Philippine chairmanship -- "Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World" -- is telling. After five decades of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations continues to do what it has always done best -- so

    April 28, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • ASEAN airs 'grave concern' over North Korea missile tests

    MANILA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday became the latest body to voice anxiety over rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula. In a statement, ASEAN foreign ministers expressed their "grave concern over the escalation of tensio

    April 28, 2017 05:30 pm JST
  • Japan pursues currency swaps with ASEAN members

    TOKYO -- Japan seeks to establish bilateral currency swap frameworks with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as a hedge against tight fund supplies in a financial crisis and also as a counter to the growing influence of the yuan.T

    April 28, 2017 04:50 am JST
  • Sony unit eyes 8 new music halls across Asia

    TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment plans to open performance halls in eight major Asian cities by 2023, with an eye on tapping demand from Japanese artists for high-quality venues to stage concerts for their growing legions of fans.Zepp Hall Network,

    April 28, 2017 03:30 am JST
  • Asia-Pacific leads global business travel

    BANGKOK -- Business travel within Asia is growing at twice the pace of the rest of the world and looks set to overtake the top-spending Americas within 10 years, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, a leading industry body,

    April 27, 2017 11:20 pm JST
  • Duterte sets aside 2016 tribunal ruling on South China Sea

    MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte, the chair this year of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said he will set aside a non-binding decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favor of the Philippines last year in its continuing terri

    April 27, 2017 11:10 pm JST
  • The long, frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE -- It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE -- Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief

    April 27, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • If US won't lead on trade, China will: Ex-US trade rep

    TOKYO America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaves the door open for China to set the agenda in Asia-Pacific trade, warns former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.Now a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Think the RCEP is about free trade? Think again

    SINGAPORE Delegates from Pakistan's remote Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were all smiles as they signed an economic cooperation agreement with China on April 17."We have set the stage to begin [a] journey of industrialization," the province's chief mi

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The long and frustrating quest for free trade in Asia

    SINGAPORE It was a punch in the gut for Jenesis (Shenzhen) when the U.S. called it quits on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Just like that, the contract electronics manufacturer's very raison d'etre was thrown into question.Jenesis, which supplies el

    April 27, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN countries at impasse on North Korea

    MANILA -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations members are reportedly at odds over how to address mounting international controversies over North Korea at an upcoming summit after the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother

    April 27, 2017 05:20 am JST
  • ASEAN holds pre-summit meetings in Manila

    MANILA -- A series of ASEAN-related meetings chaired by the Philippines began Wednesday, ahead of a summit slated to end Saturday.As political dignitaries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gather for the event, the Philippine governmen

    April 26, 2017 02:00 pm JST