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  • China warns situation with North Korea at 'critical point'

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- China warned on Friday that the situation with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs is at a "critical point" and said dialogue and negotiations are the only "practical" way to end tensions.Speaking

    April 29, 2017 12:30 am 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
  • In or out of TPP, Washington's pressure has Tokyo fretting

    TOKYO -- Japan is in a trade bind. The country is trying to resurrect the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, minus the U.S. At the same time, it is under pressure from Washington to negotiate a bilateral trade deal.A lot of balls are up in the air

    April 28, 2017 07:30 pm JST
  • US warns of possible conflict with North Korea, China says situation could escalate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said a major conflict with North Korea was possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.T

    April 28, 2017 12:57 pm JST
  • Trump spurns Taiwan leader's suggestion of another call

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday spurned the Taiwanese president's suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beij

    April 28, 2017 11:37 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou visits White House

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, visited the White House on Thursday local time, though it is not known whether he met with President Donald Trump.Footage from t

    April 28, 2017 10:10 am JST
  • Robert A. Manning

    The irony of strategic patience with North Korea

    One measure of just how preoccupied Washington is with Kim Jong Un was an unusual Trump event: Inviting all 100 U.S. senators to the White House Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea presented by his secretaries of state and defense and the direct

    April 28, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • China warned North Korea of sanctions after any nuclear test: Tillerson

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- China has told the Trump administration it warned North Korea it would impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, in possibly C

    April 28, 2017 08:42 am JST
  • Earnings lift Nasdaq to record; S&P, Dow drift

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The Nasdaq Composite ended at a record high on Thursday, boosted by results-related gains in Comcast, PayPal and Intuit, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were little changed.Earnings were back in the spotlight, a day after the Tru

    April 28, 2017 06:25 am JST
  • Japan's Aso holds out hope for US return to TPP

    TOKYO -- Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso remains confident that the U.S. still might rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and he suggested that Tokyo would make any bilateral agreement a far worse deal than Washington could get with the broader trad

    April 28, 2017 05:21 am JST
  • Interview

    Aso stresses leading role of Japan, US in rule-making

    TOKYO -- Japan and the U.S. should use their economic dialogue to develop trade and investment rules that can be applied effectively to the rest of Asia, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso told The Nikkei on Thursday.Aso, who also serves as fin

    April 28, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • US strategy on Pyongyang to center on sanctions, pressure

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. plans to deploy a mix of tougher sanctions and diplomatic pressure to stop North Korea's nuclear development, the Trump administration said in a statement spelling out its policy toward the rouge state. According to the docume

    April 28, 2017 03:00 am JST
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou to meet Trump: sources

    TAIPEI -- Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, according to people familiar with the plan.The sources did

    April 28, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Interview

    Tokyo to push for TPP without US, says Aso

    TOKYO -- Japan wants to convince 10 other Pacific Rim countries to enter into the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal without the U.S., Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday.In a reversal of earlier reticence about a TPP minus the U.S., Japan n

    April 27, 2017 09:00 pm JST
  • Asia Inc. welcomes Trump's big tax plan

    TOKYO/SEOUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of a dramatic tax reform plan was greeted with welcome and suspicion by Asian companies on Thursday.If Trump has his way, the corporate tax rate in the U.S. would fall from 35% to 15%.Kawasak

    April 27, 2017 08:00 pm JST
  • TPP talks to get going -- with notable absentee

    TOKYO -- The 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership will start talks next week aimed at putting the trade agreement into force, without the participation of the U.S. Lead negotiators gather in Canada to begin the new talks on May

    April 27, 2017 06:35 pm JST
  • Stronger yen digs into Komatsu's earnings

    TOKYO -- Komatsu, the world's second-largest construction and mining machinery maker, saw its annual earnings slide as a stronger yen erased gains from increasing demand in China and Indonesia.The 95-year-old company saw its revenue for the year end

    April 27, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • The reason for Xi's stiff smile in Florida

    BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping did his best to wear a smile throughout his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, which took place under a bright Florida sun on April 6 and 7. But if it seemed as though the grin never quite reached

    April 27, 2017 05:47 pm JST
  • United Airlines CEO answers lawmakers on passenger dragging incident

    United Airlines Chief Executive Oscar Munoz said less than one passenger was involuntarily denied boarding per 23,000 on an average last year, responding to questions from lawmakers regarding the rough removal of a passenger from one of its flights.

    April 27, 2017 03:15 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