Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for gl...

Asia Pacific ministers meet seeking to finalize trade pact

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Trade ministers from the Asia Pacific are meeting in Hanoi to speed up negotiations seeking to finalize a regional trade pact amid fears of growing trade protectionism. ...

Draft a sign of progress on South China Sea code of conduct

BEIJING (AP) — A framework agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea marks a potentially significant step toward cooling tension...

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ASIA: NKOREA-CYBERATTACK — Was the WannaCry cyberattack a North Korean job? Despite bits and pieces of evidence suggesting a possible link, experts warn there's nothing conclusive ye...

China reports progress on South China Sea code of conduct

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has reached agreement with the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations on the rough outline of a legally binding code of conduct designed to prevent clas...

Forum for ASEAN-Indian startups held in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- On Saturday, May 13 an event was hosted by the Global Brands Management Association GGC club Taipei in the Cosmos Hotel to promote ASEAN-Indian startups in Taiwan. ...

Philippine leader names his senator ally new foreign chief

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine senator who is a staunch defender of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs has been named the country's foreign secretary. ...

President Tsai touts mutually beneficial New Southbound Policy

President Tsai Ing-wen said May 5 that the government’s New Southbound Policy aims to build mutually beneficial economic relationships with Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states a...

Visa-free entry for Filipino citizens may be postponed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s offer of visa-free access for Philippine citizens may have to be postponed by one to two months due to “technical problems,” Chairman of the Manila Ec...

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ASIA: SKOREA-ELECTIONS-THE NORTH KOREA FACTOR — South Koreans' vote in Tuesday's presidential election likely will be based in part on each candidate's plan for how to handle North K...

Japan, ASEAN countries mull ways to counter financial crises

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Top financial leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met with their counterparts from Japan, China and South Korea to discuss ways to improve cooperation to ...

Best photos from the past week in Asia

Taiwanese trekker Liang Sheng-yueh, who was rescued after 47 days on a mountain in Nepal, celebrated his 21st birthday at a hospital in Kathmandu. A South Korean army tank fired rounds during joint...

ASEAN leader Philippines go easy on China over sea disputes

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines followed up a summit of Southeast Asian leaders by releasing a final communique Sunday that removed mention of international concerns over China's "militariz...

The Latest: Southeast Asia leaders conclude closed-door meet

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders in Manila (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Southeast Asian leaders hav...

Malaysia heads Southeast Asia halal market standards

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Malaysia was the first nation to invest in the halal market more than 10 years ago, and its 'Malaysia’s Halal Certification' (MHC) is issued by the federal gov...