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  • Richard Ghiasy: Afghanistan president paves the way for Chinese investors

    This week China became the second foreign destination for new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who had previously visited King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia. The trip is tied to the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, which involves meetings between China and

    October 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan's drugmakers look beyond China for Chinese medicine

    YANGON/TOKYO -- Pinched by rising prices in China, Japanese drugmakers are turning to Southeast and Central Asia to grow the plants used in Chinese herbal medicine. In Hpa-An, the capital city of Myanmar's eastern Kayin State, Japanese drugmaker

    October 29, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Russia pushing to shore up influence over Caspian Sea

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Russia has strengthened its influence over oil and gas exports from the Caspian region after a summit with the other four nations bordering the inland sea produced an outline agreement on the key principles to regulate maritime

    October 16, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Russia pushing to shore up influence over Caspian Sea

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Russia has strengthened its influence over oil and gas exports from the Caspian region after a summit with the other four nations bordering the inland sea produced an outline agreement on the key principles to regulate maritime

    October 4, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Caspian states fight over oil and gas riches

    Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the birth of three new Caspian republics, the legal status of the Caspian Sea and its abundant hydrocarbon resources remain uncertain. The issue will be on the negotiating table at the fourt

    September 28, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Afghan election candidates reach agreement on unity government : reports

    KABUL (Kyodo) -- The two rival candidates in Afghanistan's heavily disputed presidential election have agreed on the framework of a "national unity government," local media reported Saturday. In addition, the country's Electoral Commission annou

    September 21, 2014 12:13 am JST
  • Understanding depression in Asia

    As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rel

    September 16, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Russia, China court India for regional bloc

    DUSHANBE -- Seeking to counterbalance Western powers, Russia and China are moving to expand an organization they founded in Asia by welcoming major regional player India as a prospective new member. Launched in 2001, the six-member Shanghai Coop

    September 13, 2014 05:51 am JST
  • Terrorism looms over South Asian economies

    TOKYO -- The threat of terrorism still looms over South Asia, despite decades of efforts to stamp it out. India and Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan, where the Taliban Islamic fundamentalist group is resuming its activities, have yet to rid themselv

    September 11, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • A tale of Kyrgyz gold, greed, poverty ... and disaster?

    BISHKEK -- No one knew until 1978 that there was much gold sprinkled across the glacial plateaus in Kyrgyzstan's section of the Tian Shan mountain range. That it took another 19 years for mining to begin tells of how costly and difficult getting the

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Tourist hot spots

    The number of travelers going abroad reached 1.035 billion in 2012, surpassing 1 billion for the first time, according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization. In 2013, the number increased 5%, to 1.087 billion. Europe remains the most popular touris

    September 4, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Stephen Grenville: How to reboot world trade talks

    Expanding trade has been the lynchpin of globalization. Total world trade rose from 42% of global gross domestic product in 1980 to 62% in 2007, according to the International Monetary Fund. Trade slowed during the 2008 crisis and since then has bar

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Global supply glut puts coal producers under pressure

    BANGKOK -- It has been a tough year for commodities, particularly large-volume bulk commodities, but none face as much of a challenge as coal. Prices for both thermal coal and metallurgical coal for steelmaking have languished for the past two t

    August 29, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Xi visit opens lines to Mongolia

    ULAN BATOR -- China is financing and building international railways and highways as far away as Kenya and Peru, yet transport links across its 4,710km border with Mongolia, its longest, remain sparse and often rudimentary. Together announcing a

    August 28, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kawasaki Heavy snags order for gas-to-liquids plant in Turkmenistan

    TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries, along with a Turkish partner, is set to clinch an order to build what will be the world's largest gas-to-liquids plant in Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan has the world's fourth-largest reserves of natural gas and i

    August 27, 2014 03:16 am JST
  • China mending fences with neighbors ahead of APEC meeting

    ULAN BATOR -- China is working to improve relations with nearby countries before November's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, particularly Mongolia, which it views as key to northeastern Asia. President Xi Jinping met with

    August 22, 2014 05:09 am JST
  • Chinese president visits Mongolia for 1st time in more than decade

    ULAN BATOR (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday arrived in Mongolia for a two-day official visit, during which he is expected to sign a host of agreements aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation on energy, trade and security. Xi's

    August 21, 2014 04:21 pm JST
  • Anders Corr: A hard lesson for Afghanistan: sink or swim

    Since the war in Afghanistan started in 2001, insurgents have killed more than 3,400 international soldiers and over 13,000 Afghan soldiers. More than 20,000 Afghan civilians have died. Estimates of insurgent deaths range from 20,000 to 35,000. Tota

    August 21, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Xi trip could smooth road to Mongolia

    ULAN BATOR -- China is financing and building international railways and highways as far away as Kenya and Peru, yet transport links across its 4,710km border with Mongolia, its longest, remain sparse and often rudimentary. That could be set to

    August 20, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • A tale of Kyrgyz gold, greed, poverty ... and disaster?

    BISHKEK -- No one knew until 1978 that there was much gold sprinkled across the glacial plateaus in Kyrgyzstan's section of the Tian Shan mountain range. That it took another 19 years for mining to begin tells of how costly and difficult getting the

    August 12, 2014 07:00 pm JST