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Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.  Japan and the Philippines - two of the four countries Obama will visit are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. AP

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 »

‘New evidence’ of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery unveiled

Park Han-yong, a professor at Korea University’s Center for Korean History, shows a diary which a Korean manager of Japanese brothels wrote while staying in Myanmar and Singapore between August 1942 and December 1944 during a press conference Thursday. Yonhap News

New evidence was unveiled Thursday that Japan’s imperialist army directly managed Asian women for sexual slavery, dealing a fresh blow to Tokyo’s denials of responsibility.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China’s maritime ambitions making waves in Pacific

China president Xi Jinping. AP FILE PHOTO

China’s communist rulers are making waves in the Pacific as they extend their naval strength and reach while Japan and the Philippines bolster their own fleets, increasing the risk of a maritime conflict, analysts say.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US vows no let-up in Asia focus

New assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs Daniel Russel. AFP FILE PHOTO

The new US pointman on East Asia on Monday vowed no let-up in Washington’s focus on the region, pledging to build cooperation both with US allies and a rising China.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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