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  • Asean to step up march toward integration

    NAYPYITAW -- Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Friday to speed up preparations for the region's economic integration next year, taking such steps as easing disparities through infrastructure development. In 2007, Asean

    August 9, 2014 04:24 am JST
  • In Myanmar, Japan sees chance for talks with East Asian neighbors

    TOKYO -- Japan hopes that an upcoming international forum in Myanmar will provide opportunities to hold meetings with three East Asian neighbors. Japan aims to use these talks to improve frosty relations with China and South Korea and urge North

    August 7, 2014 06:02 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asian diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun district in downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top foreign tourist destination for Chinese travelers. A

    July 31, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Europe dreams of leading race to develop 5G mobile phone tech

    LONDON -- Europe has fallen behind the U.S. and Asia in rolling out fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone technology. To address this, European countries are taking initiative to develop what comes next: the 5G standard. In mid-June, the European

    July 30, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • China-North Korea trade ebbs amid chillier ties

    BEIJING -- Trade between North Korea and China continued to decline in the first half of the year, as relations deteriorated between the Hermit Kingdom and the nation that has long been its most important patron. Bilateral trade value slid 4% on

    July 26, 2014 05:51 am JST
  • Need for security network growing in Asia

    TOKYO -- When a flotilla of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet called at the Vietnamese naval base at Cam Ranh in June, it was a clear indication that Vietnam was courting Russia in a bid to counter China's growing clout. The port call followed

    July 25, 2014 02:40 pm JST
  • Brand Japan almost 400 years old

    An imaginary European palace adorned with roughly 100 reproductions of antique Imari porcelain exported from Japan between the mid-17th and 19th centuries is the venue of the 34th Summer Festival of Arita & Imari Porcelain. The show runs through

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: How to manage the end of North Korea

    Amid ever-growing debate about tensions and the balance of power in East Asia lies a strategic and diplomatic challenge with far-reaching consequences that has yet to be substantively addressed. There is a wall of silence from world governments

    July 24, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kavi Chongkittavorn: Tenuous new ties in Asia's North Korean diplomacy

    The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun shopping area of downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top tourist destination for Chinese travelers. At a

    July 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Japan seeks meetings with North, South Korean foreign ministers

    TOKYO -- Japan will propose that Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meet with his South and North Korean counterparts to discuss contentious issues among the three nations during a regional dialogue next month. The meetings would be held alongside t

    July 16, 2014 03:48 am JST
  • Humphrey Hawksley: How to manage the end of North Korea

    Amid ever-growing debate about tensions and the balance of power in East Asia lies a strategic and diplomatic challenge with far reaching consequences that has yet to be substantively addressed. There is a wall of silence from world governments

    July 12, 2014 05:00 pm JST
  • North Korea squirming to end its isolation

    TOKYO -- On July 3, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his government would ease some of its sanctions against North Korea, Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting South Korea for talks with President Park Geun-hye. Xi thus be

    July 12, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Tokyo to press Pyongyang to broaden search for missing Japanese

    TOKYO -- A list of around 30 Japanese said by North Korea to be living in the country raises as many questions as it answers, including how far Pyongyang will push a new probe into past disappearances. The one-party dictatorship keeps foreigners

    July 11, 2014 05:57 am JST
  • Big steelmakers race to supply China's booming car market

    SHANGHAI -- Global steel giants, casting an eager eye on China's massive automobile market, are stepping up their forays into the country by partnering with local companies. South Korea's Posco has teamed up with Chongqing Iron and Steel to cons

    July 11, 2014 05:31 am JST
  • North Korea says multiple Japanese abductees still alive

    TOKYO -- A list of missing Japanese said by North Korea to be living in the country contains known victims of state-sponsored kidnappings in the 1970s and 80s, The Nikkei learned Wednesday. The Nikkei reported last week that the secretive countr

    July 10, 2014 03:00 am JST
  • North Korea finds a new friend in Russia

    MOSCOW -- Russia has noticeably stepped up efforts to foster relations with North Korea, focusing on economic cooperation. As they embrace, both countries are casting a wary eye on China. There are plenty of signs that the two are cozying up. Ac

    July 10, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Graham Webster: US, China need to address cybersecurity

    Politics and moves by both the U.S. and Chinese governments have almost guaranteed this year's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue will produce little progress on the important issue of cybersecurity. Instead, this week's high-level bilateral

    July 9, 2014 08:00 pm JST
  • China may have cut off oil to North Korea for 5 months

    BEIJING -- In a possible sign of frustration with Pyongyang's behavior, China exported not one drop of crude oil to ally North Korea from January to May, trade data from the General Administration of Customs shows. China has imposed mild sanctio

    July 8, 2014 11:57 pm JST
  • Seoul-Beijing bond more fragile than it looks -- but it's still an issue for Tokyo

    SEOUL -- Relations between Beijing and Seoul appear to be at a high point, but a closer look suggests their bond is built on a shaky foundation. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Seoul on July 3-4 for talks with his South Korean counterpart,

    July 8, 2014 01:00 pm JST
  • Japan to let North Korea breathe easier

    TOKYO -- Japan officially decided Friday to ease some sanctions against North Korea as Pyongyang is set to launch a probe into past abductions of Japanese citizens, providing some limited relief to the troubled country. The government will lift

    July 5, 2014 04:33 am JST