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  • Mongolia's political crisis

    New leader must resuscitate stalling economy

    ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia finally has a new prime minister. Just over two weeks after the dramatic ousting of Norov Altankhuyag, the ruling Democratic Party named his close ally and cabinet secretary to the top job on Nov. 21. The choice of Chimed

    November 21, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Islamic State in Central Asia

    Aging autocrats find pretext for crackdowns

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A propaganda video posted by the Islamic State group on Oct. 17 was the latest evidence that Central Asian militants have joined the ranks of the terrorist group. "We should take this and put it on the Internet. Let the inf

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Central Asia energy

    Turkmenistan to pipe gas to Afghanistan, India and Pakistan

    NEW DELHI -- State energy companies in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Turkmenistan have established a joint venture to build, own and operate an ambitious 1,800-km pipeline exporting natural gas from resource-rich Turkmenistan to the other three c

    November 17, 2014 10:30 pm JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Facing 'pathological hatred' at home, Obama may find he can still lead during his Asia tour

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia this week a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the Senate for the firs

    November 13, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Minghao Zhao: How Obama and Xi could focus on common interests

    U.S. President Barack Obama will land in China on Monday under the shadow of the Democratic collapse in America's Nov. 4 midterm elections. Top Chinese and U.S. officials have agreed to explore the possibility of establishing what Beijing has termed

    November 9, 2014 07:22 pm JST
  • Beijing has $40 billion for Silk Road nations

    BEIJING -- The Chinese government said Saturday that it would establish a $40 billion fund for infrastructure development in what it calls Silk Road Economic Belt nations. With the plan, China hopes to gain clout in neighboring countries. In tha

    November 9, 2014 02:00 am JST
  • Keith B. Richburg: Asia provides refuge from 'Obama derangement syndrome' -- but then what?

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Asia in the coming days a damaged leader, weakened at home after midterm elections saw his Democratic Party rejected across the board and, most crucially, his Republican opponents take control of the U.S. Senat

    November 7, 2014 07:30 pm JST
  • Kawasaki Heavy to build world's 1st gas-to-gasoline plant in Turkmenistan

    TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan has long trailed domestic rivals JGC and Chiyoda in the business of building oil and gas plants. But that is starting to change. In August, Kawasaki Heavy won a roughly 150 billion yen ($1.44 billion)

    November 6, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan casts wary eyes on Putin's appetite for expansion

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan/BISHKEK -- The bride and groom posed for a portrait in front of a perpetual flame in an Almaty park that commemorates soldiers who died fighting in the Russian civil war and World War II. The two shared the dark complexion, high

    November 6, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • An Asian post-election checklist for Obama

    Just days after the Nov. 4 midterm election transformed the U.S. political landscape by handing control of Congress to Republicans, President Barack Obama will land in Asia for a series of summits with regional and world leaders. The timing is signi

    November 5, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Yves Tiberghien: Should the world yawn, cheer or fear November's summits?

    For a week in November, an unusual cluster of globally significant economic summits will take place in the Asia-Pacific region: the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing (Nov. 10-11), the East Asia Summit and the Association of

    November 4, 2014 09:00 pm JST
  • Kazakhstan wary of shadow of Ukraine crisis

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan/BISHKEK -- The bride and groom posed for a portrait in front of a perpetual flame in an Almaty park that commemorates soldiers who died fighting in the Russian civil war and World War II. The two shared the dark complexion, high

    November 1, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • 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