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  • North Korea vows response to possible US military action

    UNITED NATIONS -- Showing no signs of backing down, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations on Monday promised retaliation against any American military action and defended Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs as necessary

    April 18, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Tokyo Gas to take stake in planned US shale gas plant

    TOKYO -- Regional Japanese utility Tokyo Gas will join a shale gas power plant project in the U.S., gaining a valuable foothold there as well as expertise to use in its competitive home market.Tokyo Gas will spend billions of yen, or tens of million

    April 18, 2017 06:45 am JST
  • Japan-US dialogue seen sticking to basics for now

    TOKYO -- The first round of a U.S.-Japan economic dialogue launching here Tuesday is expected to focus on building a framework for future discussion, with details left to wait until Washington has established a sufficient footing. The dialogue, set

    April 18, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Japan to assign specialist for handling trade litigation

    TOKYO -- The Japanese trade ministry will soon appoint a general counsel to more effectively resolve international disputes, particularly tightening cooperation with the U.S. and others in cases involving China.A private-sector attorney will fill th

    April 18, 2017 04:30 am JST
  • US issues stern warning against North Korean provocations

    SEOUL -- As the high-stakes standoff continues between the U.S. and North Korea, American Vice President Mike Pence has ratcheted up the pressure on Pyongyang, warning that that further nuclear or missile testing could trigger a response from Washin

    April 18, 2017 04:10 am JST
  • Abe, Pence to confer on North Korea

    TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will discuss plans for further cooperation on North Korea with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence here Tuesday, including stronger pressure on the rogue state should it conduct another nuclear or missile test.

    April 18, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian capitals bristle at Trump's trade probe

    SINGAPORE -- The Trump administration's order to probe U.S. trading partners for unfair practices has provoked outrage in the Southeast Asian nations under scrutiny, and threatens to deepen a divide that leaves the region more exposed to Chinese inf

    April 18, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Snapchat boycott in India after alleged derogatory comments

    MUMBAI -- Snapchat is getting plenty of unwanted attention in India after a senior executive was reported to have described the country as being too poor to support the social media app's expansion.Evan Spiegel, the chief executive of Snap, which ow

    April 17, 2017 10:12 pm JST
  • US's Pence puts North Korea on notice not to test US resolve, citing Syria strike

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put North Korea on notice on Monday, warning that recent U.S. strikes in Syria and Afghanistan showed that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested.Pence and South Korean acting pre

    April 17, 2017 08:27 pm JST
  • US, China compete to build 'great' nations

    WASHINGTON -- The mutual dependence between the U.S. and China has grown so deep that the pair has come to be called "Chimerica." The two major powers share an economic basis -- thanks to globalization -- and an incentive to avoid seriously clashing

    April 17, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Trump salvo threatens Japan's currency strategy

    TOKYO -- Many at Japan's Ministry of Finance have been left perplexed by U.S. President Donald Trump's recent verbal intervention in the currency market."It's annoying," said a senior ministry official in change of currency affairs on April 13, just

    April 17, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Pence stresses 'era of strategic patience' over as he visits Korean DMZ

    DEMILITARISED ZONE, South Korea (Reuters) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looked across the demilitarised border between North and South Korea on Monday, a day after North Korea's failed missile launch, reiterating that the U.S. "era of strategic

    April 17, 2017 12:30 pm JST
  • Pence lands at Korean DMZ day after North Korea's failed missile test

    CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, pledging an "unshakable" commitment to South Korea, landed at a U.S. military base next to the demilitarized border with North Korea, a day after a failed missile laun

    April 17, 2017 10:57 am JST
  • Pyongyang feels out 'red line' as US escalates rhetoric

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON -- North Korea's missile launch Sunday, despite its failure, underscored the country's defiance against the U.S. and gave no hint that Pyongyang will cease its acts of provocation.The ballistic missile test-firing by Pyongyang, the

    April 17, 2017 02:50 am JST
  • North Korean test missile 'fizzles' hours before Pence arrives in South

    SEOUL/PYONGYANG (Reuters) -- A North Korean missile "blew up almost immediately" on its test launch on Sunday, the U.S. Pacific Command said, hours before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed in South Korea for talks on the North's increasingly def

    April 16, 2017 11:21 pm JST
  • China's top diplomat, Tillerson discuss Korean Peninsula via phone - Xinhua

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula via phone on Sunday, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.Xinhua did not give further detail

    April 16, 2017 06:38 pm JST
  • Chinese shopping spree for NYC properties could end in bust

    NEW YORK -- Chinese investors are gobbling up Manhattan office towers at sky-high prices, fueling speculation that they eventually will get burned -- just like Japanese buyers who snapped up U.S. real estate in the 1980s and later were haunted by th

    April 16, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • US Treasury decides China isn't playing with its currency

    NEW YORK -- The U.S. Treasury Department has decided not to label China a currency manipulator in a report published Friday on the foreign exchange policies of America's key trading partners, backing away from President Donald Trump's campaign promi

    April 16, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Tokyo going all out to secure Washington ties

    TOKYO -- While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has focused on building a strong one-on-one relationship with President Donald Trump -- the two have met twice since November's presidential election -- a number of Japanese lawmakers have also been

    April 15, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • American students lose interest in China studies

    BERKELEY, U.S. - Early in his presidency, Barack Obama set a goal to vastly increase the number of Americans studying Chinese and taking part in academic programs in China.Eight years later, Obama is gone and so is much of the academic momentum. Tho

    April 15, 2017 11:00 am JST