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China, rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Rear Admiral Guan Youfei, Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Chinese Defense Ministry and U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, upon his arrival at Qingdao International Airport in Qingdao, China, Monday, April 7, 2014. Hagel is currently on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

China, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy’s content and staying power in the region this week.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit

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President Barack Obama meets with  President Benigno Aquino Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. AP FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Sunday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III and United States President Barack Obama will tackle the US forces’ pivot to Asia when the latter visits the country next week.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that’s warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Americas,Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China to ‘defend every inch’ of territory—foreign minister

This May 2012 file photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency shows the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruising for a test on the sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

China’s foreign minister on Saturday said his country will vigorously defend its sovereignty, declaring there was “no room for compromise” with Japan over territory or history.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Kerry finalizing plans for new Asia visit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  AP FILE PHOTO

US Secretary of State John Kerry is fine-tuning plans for an upcoming trip to Asia which is set to focus partly on climate change, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hong Kong travel agencies cancel Bangkok tours amid unrest

Anti-government protesters use a wheeled bulldozer to break through police barricade in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.  AP

Hong Kong travel agencies said Monday they were cancelling most package tours to Bangkok because of anti-government protests, after authorities issued a travel warning for the strife-torn Thai capital.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Deadliest earthquakes in Asia since 2010

Waves of tsunami hit residences after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, March 11, 2011.  The largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast. AP FILE PHOTO

Below is a list of the deadliest earthquakes to hit the Asian continent since 2010, after a major quake rocked the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least 85 people.

Posted: October 15th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Obama’s no-show in Asia a boost for China

President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap his Asia trip is a setback for his much-advertised pledge to shift the focus of foreign policy to the Pacific and a boost for China’s attempt to gain influence in the region.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Kerry to play lead US role at Asia summits

Host country Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa gestures towards US Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Friday. AP

Nearly a decade after his unsuccessful 2004 bid for the White House, John Kerry is getting the chance to be presidential as he fills in for US President Barack Obama at heads of state summits in Asia.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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