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  • 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
  • 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 6, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan to supply nuclear energy tech to Kazakhstan

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will help Kazakhstan build nuclear power plants by offering start-to-finish cooperation that includes sending engineers with decommissioning know-how. Under the plan, Japan will advise Kazakhstan on procuring con

    August 4, 2014 02:14 am JST
  • Japan-style medical screenings to be introduced in Kazakhstan

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government will cooperate with domestic manufacturers and hospitals to provide Japanese-style health examinations in Kazakhstan, in a move to promote its medical industry overseas. The exam, called "ningen dock" in Japan, i

    July 29, 2014 06:08 am JST
  • North Korea has changed tack on abductions: Mongolian leader

    TOKYO -- North Korea's stance on past state-sponsored kidnappings of Japanese nationals has "changed for the better," says Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, adding that he believes its new search for missing Japanese will yield some results

    July 24, 2014 04:11 am JST
  • Japan's KDDI, Sumitomo set out to develop Myanmar's wireless frontier

    TOKYO/YANGON -- Wireless carrier KDDI and trading house Sumitomo Corp. have set up a joint venture to enter Myanmar's nascent mobile communications market. The Japanese companies announced July 16 plans to invest some 200 billion yen ($1.97 bill

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Weaponizing the world

    Military spending in 2013 showed year-on-year growth worldwide in all regions except for the U.S., Europe and Oceania. Increases were particularly high in emerging economies. China has nearly tripled its military spending over a decade, and now acco

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Japan, Mongolia agree on free trade accord

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and Mongolia reached a substantive free trade agreement on Tuesday featuring Ulan Bator's abolition of its tariffs on most Japanese automobiles in 10 years. The size of the bilateral trade is relatively small, but Tokyo ap

    July 22, 2014 11:38 pm JST
  • Japan, Mongolia to reach broad agreement on trade pact

    TOKYO -- The Japanese and Mongolian governments are expected to agree on the rough outline of an economic partnership agreement when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj meet Tuesday. The two sides likely reached a conse

    July 22, 2014 04:46 am JST
  • Japan's KDDI, Sumitomo set out to develop Myanmar's wireless frontier

    TOKYO/YANGON -- Major wireless carrier KDDI and trading house Sumitomo Corp. have established a joint venture to enter Myanmar's nascent mobile service market. The Japanese companies on Wednesday announced they will invest some 200 billion yen (

    July 17, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Pact cools Afghan confrontation -- for now

    KABUL -- An agreement brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has defused the political crisis over the results of Afghanistan's contentious election that had threated to pull the country apart, but the situation remains volatile. Former

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Gregory Poling: Asia's democratic growing pains

    Asia analysts have spent a considerable amount of time wringing their hands over the perceived retreat of democracy and its institutions in the region. Contested elections in Cambodia and Malaysia in 2013 fed this sense of gloom, and Thailand's mili

    July 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Pact cools Afghan confrontation -- for now

    KABUL -- An agreement brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has defused the political crisis over the results of Afghanistan's contentious election that had threatened to pull the country apart, but the situation remains volatile. Forme

    July 14, 2014 07:00 pm JST