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  • UN launches second round of nuclear ban talks

    UNITED NATIONS -- Delegates from more than 80 countries kicked off a second and possibly final round of negotiations Thursday on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, seeking to adopt a final text by the July 7 end of the conference."As we

    June 16, 2017 05:30 am JST
  • Swarming visitors are a boon and a bane for an Asian Shangri-La

    I enjoy my travels to Bhutan. The country's capital, Thimphu, reminds me of my school days in Kalimpong, a town in West Bengal that has since fallen victim to development. But am I also starting to see the same thing in Thimphu? Its streets are now

    June 15, 2017 02:45 pm JST
  • AIIB future rests on shedding Beijing influence

    TOKYO -- The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its second annual general meeting between June 16-18 on South Korea's Jeju Island. The bank, which has stuck to careful driving in its first year, looks ready to gain speed in yea

    June 15, 2017 02:19 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse

    Belt and Road's potential real estate boost

    Since the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the project has been perceived by many as a one-sided, Chinese ambition. Some have seen it as a massive enterprise to jump-start the Chinese economy befo

    June 15, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Bangladesh's Alam: Japanese investment can feed 'new Asian Tiger'

    Bangladesh aims to become "a new Asian Tiger" by sustaining its 6%-plus growth over the coming decades, the country's state minister for foreign affairs, Shahriar Alam, said during an interview on the sidelines of the conference.The tiger, Alam sugg

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

    ASTANA/TOKYO India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal uphea

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Japan and China tussle over Asian ports

    TOKYO Japan and China are snapping up rights in key Asian ports as they vie for control over a shipping route that is crucial to both their nations' interests.Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, a Cambodian port operator, floated 25% of its shares on the

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Swarming visitors are a boon and a bane for an Asian Shangri-La

    I enjoy my travels to Bhutan. The country's capital, Thimphu, reminds me of my school days in Kalimpong, a town in West Bengal that has since fallen victim to development. But am I also starting to see the same thing in Thimphu? Its streets are now

    June 15, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

    ASTANA/TOKYO -- India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal up

    June 14, 2017 11:51 pm JST
  • Death toll from Bangladesh landslides rises to 94 after heavy rain

    DHAKA (Reuters) -- At least 94 people were killed in Bangladesh on Tuesday when landslides triggered by heavy rain buried hillside homes, officials said.Densely populated Bangladesh is battered by storms, floods and landslides every rainy season.The

    June 14, 2017 02:03 am JST
  • Bangladesh diplomat in New York charged with labor trafficking, assault

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Bangladesh's deputy consul general in New York was indicted on Monday on charges of labor trafficking and assault for forcing his servant to work without pay through threats and intimidation, a New York City prosecutor said.M

    June 13, 2017 10:18 am JST
  • South Asia pushes Gulf nations to resolve Qatar crisis

    NEW DELHI -- South Asian countries are demanding a quick resolution to the deepening crisis in Qatar, concerned about their migrant workers in the gas-rich Persian Gulf nation after Saudi Arabia and its allies cut diplomatic and economic ties last w

    June 13, 2017 01:38 am JST
  • Asian bloc's expansion may widen cracks between China, Russia

    ASTANA -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to accept India and Pakistan as full members, a move intended to enhance its influence as an alternative to the West. But with core members China and Russia already on different pages, this grow

    June 9, 2017 04:57 am JST
  • Japan races China to secure Asian port rights

    TOKYO -- Japan and China are snapping up rights in key Asian ports as they vie for control over a shipping route that is crucial to both of their national interests.Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, a major Cambodian port operator, is floating 25% of i

    June 8, 2017 04:30 pm JST
  • China surges to world's No. 2 overseas investor

    TOKYO -- An overseas acquisition binge propelled China to the No. 2 spot in outbound investment in 2016, according to a United Nations report published Thursday.The country's foreign direct investment soared 44% last year to a record $183 billion, s

    June 8, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Bangladesh confident of becoming 'new Asian Tiger'

    TOKYO -- Bangladesh aims to become "a new Asian Tiger" by sustaining its 6% plus growth over the coming decades, the country's state minister for foreign affairs, Shahriar Alam, said on Tuesday.The minister's remarks came during an interview with th

    June 6, 2017 07:06 pm JST
  • The Future of Asia 2017

    Lack of regional integration holding South Asia back

    TOKYO -- South Asia must accelerate regional economic integration and improve connectivity to truly become a cradle of growth, according to experts at a panel discussion on Tuesday during the International Conference on The Future of Asia.Led by Ind

    June 6, 2017 06:01 pm JST
  • An animated look at how Asia has changed over 50 years

    Asia has changed considerably since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations came together as a political bloc in August 1967. But how can we get a sense of the pace and direction of that change? Inspiration comes from the Gapminder Foundation,

    June 5, 2017 08:00 am JST
  • Shangri-La Dialogue focuses on terrorism in SE Asia

    SINGAPORE -- In the wake of the Manchester and London attacks, pipe bombs in Bangkok, suicide bombings in Jakarta, and a besieged city in the southern Philippines, Southeast Asian nations harbor few doubts about the likelihood of more terrorism ahea

    June 4, 2017 09:13 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2017

    Indian entrepreneur, Taiwanese virologist, Pakistani foundation honored

    TOKYO -- The architect of India's biometric national identification system, a Taiwanese virologist and Pakistan's social and welfare foundation were recipients of the annual Nikkei Asia Prizes in Tokyo on Sunday.Now in the 22nd year, the awards are

    June 4, 2017 02:30 pm JST