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  • China proposed three-phase plan for Rohingya issue

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire, that has won the support of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said.More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Ba

    November 20, 2017 10:14 am JST
  • Sebastian Strangio

    One-party Cambodia's grim message

    With the stroke of a judge's pen, political opposition to Cambodia's long-ruling prime minister, Hun Sen, has effectively ceased to exist. On Nov. 16, the country's Supreme Court did what most observers expected and ordered the dissolution of the po

    November 20, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Japan offers aid to Bangladesh to alleviate Rohingya refugee crisis

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met his Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali and pledged $18.6 million in humanitarian aid to improve conditions for Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled violence in neig

    November 19, 2017 09:24 pm JST
  • Minister's memoir highlights roots of Myanmar reform

    SINGAPORE -- Myanmar's opening to the world in 2011 left lingering questions about the impetus for its dramatic shift. Why did a harsh and secretive military regime spawn a quasi-civilian government, led by a mild-mannered retired general called The

    November 18, 2017 08:36 pm JST
  • US calls for release of Cambodian opposition leader

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The U.S. State Department on Friday called on Cambodia to release an imprisoned opposition leader and reverse its decision to ban the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party."The Cambodian government's decision marks a shar

    November 18, 2017 05:45 am JST
  • China, ASEAN still far from South China Sea code of conduct

    MANILA -- The leaders of China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have formally endorsed the framework adopted by their foreign ministers in August for a code of conduct (COC) to handle overlapping territorial claims in

    November 17, 2017 11:59 pm JST
  • Cambodia faces international action after banning opposition

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -- The United States promised "concrete steps" against Cambodia and the European Union raised a threat to vital trade preferences after the main opposition party was banned ahead of elections. The Cambodia National Rescue Party

    November 17, 2017 02:16 pm JST
  • UN rebukes Myanmar rights violations against Rohingya

    UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. member states called Thursday for an end to the military operations by Myanmar that have led to "the systematic violation and abuse of human rights" against the country's Rohingya Muslim community, in a resolution that also ur

    November 17, 2017 06:09 am JST
  • Cambodian opposition dissolved as Hun Sen consolidates control

    MANILA -- Cambodia's Supreme Court has ordered the break-up of the main opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party over allegations that it aimed to topple the government. The ruling was widely expected, including by the CNRP, which did not send law

    November 16, 2017 10:19 pm JST
  • The TPP 11 rekindle multilateral trade hopes as Trump looks on

    DANANG, Vietnam When Japanese Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi walked into the press briefing room at the International Media Center in Danang on Nov. 11, his expression told many stories. One of them was of fatigue, as was to b

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Duterte says the South China Sea dispute is better left untouched

    MANILA Following bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping the previous day, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Nov. 12 that a territorial dispute in the South China Sea between China and five Asian countries, including the Philipp

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Can an 'America first' approach restore US leadership in Asia?

    DANANG, Vietnam U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear -- finally -- that America intends to stay involved in the Asia-Pacific region. What is far less certain is whether bilateral deals that put "America first" will be enough to curb China's

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Yun Sun: China's latest megaproject courts controversy in Myanmar

    Nearly two years ago, Myanmar chose a Chinese consortium led by state-run Citic to develop a $10 billion port and industrial park that could turn into the country's largest foreign investment.With Beijing pledging to create 100,000 jobs and transfor

    November 16, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tillerson demands honest probe of Rohingya 'atrocities'

    NAYPYIDAW -- During his first visit to Myanmar Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted on a full investigation of human rights violations reportedly committed by the state against the minority Rohingya Muslims."We're deeply concern

    November 16, 2017 07:58 am JST
  • Tillerson calls for credible probe into rights abuses in Myanmar

    NAYPYITAW (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday called for a credible investigation into allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims after a meeting with Myanmar's civilian and military leaders.More than 600

    November 15, 2017 06:53 pm JST
  • Asia Insight

    Xi Jinping bests Trump in Asia-Pacific diplomacy

    HANOI -- The hospitality U.S. President Donald Trump received on his tour of Asia was so warm that he may have felt more at home than in Washington, where he is constantly sparring with the media. But while Trump was relishing the red-carpet treatme

    November 15, 2017 06:00 am JST
  • South China Sea dispute 'toned down' at ASEAN meeting

    MANILA -- Competing claims over territory in the South China Sea, which have long held center stage at meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have been getting less attention at the current ASEAN summit and in related meetings being

    November 14, 2017 11:12 pm JST
  • After delay, RCEP leaders resolve to wrap up pact in 2018

    MANILA -- Leaders of the 16 nations negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a proposed Asia-Pacific free trade deal, resolved on Tuesday to conclude the talks within 2018. The plan had been to finalize a deal this year."I am opt

    November 14, 2017 09:56 pm JST
  • Japan's Abe offers $1 billion in rural aid to Myanmar's Suu Kyi

    TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday pledge up to 117 billion yen ($1.03 billion) of development aid to Myanmar in a meeting in Manila with government leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The package of low-interest loans will be used

    November 14, 2017 09:21 pm JST
  • Abe, Suu Kyi meet in Manila with Rohingya crisis in spotlight

    MANILA (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi held talks in Manila on Tuesday, amid international criticism of Myanmar's handling of the humanitarian crisis sparked by the exodus of Rohingya Muslims.Abe is

    November 14, 2017 07:07 pm JST