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  • Japan to offer $4m to help Rohingya refugees

    NEW YORK -- Japan plans to offer up to $4 million to help the Rohingya, Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters here on Tuesday.The emergency aid, to be provided within days, will be given to the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the latter o

    September 20, 2017 01:14 pm JST
  • Japan vows to promote "quality infrastructure" in Indo-Pacific

    NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday pledged to take the lead in promoting "quality infrastructure" in the Indo-Pacific region.Speaking in a meeting in New York on promoting high-quality and environmentally friendly inf

    September 20, 2017 09:17 am JST
  • Malaysian telecom tower operator ups ante in South Asia

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Telecommunications tower operator edotco Group sees potential in less developed markets in South and Southeast Asia and is targeting countries with low mobile penetration.The group is seeking growth by strengthening its foothold in t

    September 19, 2017 10:28 pm JST
  • Malaysia's Axiata unit to rely more on debt to fund growth

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- edotco Group, the telecommunication infrastructure unit of Malaysia's Axiata Group, may rely more on debt to fund future expansion and finance acquisitions instead of raising fresh capital, its chief executive said M

    September 18, 2017 08:58 pm JST
  • Ex-Pakistan PM Sharif's wife wins by-election to fill his seat

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- The wife of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday appeared to have won the parliamentary seat vacated by her husband following his disqualification by the Supreme Court from holding public office.Victory by Kul

    September 18, 2017 12:08 pm JST
  • Voting begins to fill ousted PM Sharif's seat in Pakistan parliament

    ISLAMABAD (Kyodo) -- Voting began Sunday morning to fill the seat in Pakistan's parliament vacated by the ouster of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a contest the top two candidates sought to turn into a referendum on the legitimacy of the Suprem

    September 17, 2017 05:45 pm JST
  • UN seeks 'massive' help for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar 'ethnic cleansing'

    DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) -- The United Nations appealed on Thursday for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh, with concern growing that the number could keep rising, unless Myanmar ends what critics denounce

    September 15, 2017 04:02 am JST
  • The risk of an India-China conflict is still all too real

    NEW DELHI China and India this summer came closer to a military clash than at any point in the last half century.Their troops were locked in a stare-down for two and a half months, creating a tinderbox situation that could have sparked a major confl

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Nepal's former Maoist fighters turn swords into plowshares

    KATHMANDU Tucked away on a ridge above a recently transplanted paddy field is Ritu Mausami Krishi Udhyog, a vegetable farm on the southern rim of Nepal's Kathmandu Valley. Spread over about 6,000 sq. meters in Dhapakhel, a village on the outskirts o

    September 14, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi to skip UN assembly to deal with Rohingya crisis

    YANGON (Reuters) -- Myanmar's national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing outrage over ethnic violence that has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, will not attend the upcoming U.N. General Assembly because of the crisis, her o

    September 13, 2017 02:23 pm JST
  • Why Doklam wasn't just another China-India border spat

    NEW DELHI -- China and India this summer came closer to a military clash than at any point in the last half century.Their troops were locked in a stare-down for two and a half months, creating a tinderbox situation that could have sparked a major co

    September 12, 2017 03:01 pm JST
  • After insurgents' truce, Myanmar says 'we don't negotiate with terrorists'

    YANGON/SHAH PORIR DWIP ISLAND, Bangladesh (Reuters) -- Myanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by Muslim Rohingyainsurgents to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people in the violence-racked state of Rakhine, declaring sim

    September 11, 2017 12:31 pm JST
  • Number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh surges: UNHCR

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) -- About 270,000 Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have sought refuge in Bangladesh in the past two weeks, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said on Friday.Vivian Tan said the number had j

    September 8, 2017 06:15 pm JST
  • India and Pakistan must learn to live together

    Once a week, Pakistan International Airlines flies from the port city of Karachi to Mumbai, on the west coast of India -- less than the distance from Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, to Lahore, its second biggest. It is hard to believe that the fli

    September 8, 2017 11:16 am JST
  • Bangladesh struggles to mend holes in its garment sector

    DHAKA --Bangladesh's climb up the ranks of the world's clothing exporters has lifted incomes for many in the world's eighth most-populous nation. But the trade preferences that have helped make Bangladesh the world's second-biggest apparel exporter

    September 7, 2017 04:47 pm JST
  • Rohingya conflict dims Myanmar's business picture

    BANGKOK/YANGON In the shiny new shopping malls and trendy restaurants of Myanmar's commercial hub of Yangon there is no sense of the fear and mayhem gripping the country's western Rakhine State.The only focus on what the United Nations Secretary-Gen

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asian ports thirst for more seaborne trade

    JAKARTA The world's seaborne trade exceeded 10 billion tons in a single year for the first time in 2015, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, with about 60% passing through Asia.Situated between the Indian and Pacific

    September 7, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • India inks maritime partnership deals with Myanmar

    NAYPYITAW/NEW DELHI -- India and Myanmar agreed Wednesday to work more closely on maritime security and to step up economic cooperation via a port project in western Myanmar, giving New Delhi a diplomatic win as it vies for influence with a rapidly

    September 7, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Rakhine crisis blights Myanmar economic outlook

    BANGKOK/YANGON -- In the shiny new shopping malls and trendy restaurants of Myanmar's commercial hub of Yangon there is no sense of the fear and mayhem gripping the country's western Rakhine state. The only focus on what the United Nations Secretary

    September 5, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • China pledges new funding for BRICS as group opposes protectionism

    XIAMEN, China (Reuters) -- China will give $80 million in funding for BRICS cooperation plans, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, while the bloc of five emerging countriespledged to oppose protectionism.Xi offered 500 million yuan ($76.4 m

    September 4, 2017 11:19 pm JST