Japan's foreign minister and a senior South Korean official met and agreed Thursday on the need for more work on improving relations strained by a territorial dispute and lingering historical antagonisms.
Chinese state-run oil companies hope to develop seven new gas fields in the East China Sea, possibly siphoning gas from the seabed beneath waters claimed by Japan, a move that could further inflame tensions with Tokyo over the disputed area.
Singapore pressed Indonesia on Wednesday to share maps that could help make plantation companies accountable for setting fires that cause smog in neighboring countries.
The United States' top naval commander in Asia described military relations with China as “collegial” on Tuesday and rejected Cold War comparisons, urging “methodical and thoughtful” diplomacy in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry nudged China on Monday to agree a code of conduct to prevent clashes in the South China Sea after the Philippines accused Beijing of a “massive” military buildup.
Southeast Asia's top diplomats have not abandoned hope that this week's annual Asian security summit will provide a chance for North Korea and its neighbors to discuss restarting long-dormant disarmament talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, according to a joint statement released Sunday.
The Philippines accused China on Sunday of a “massive” military buildup in the disputed South China Sea, warning at a regional security forum that the Asian giant's tactics were a threat to peace.
Japan pledged Thursday to help the Philippines defend its “remote islands,” as both governments expressed concern over China's robust moves to stake its claims to disputed Asian waters.
Defense budgets in the Asia-Pacific region will overtake those of the United States and Canada by 2021, according to a study by respected analysts IHS Jane's published on Tuesday.
Malaysian authorities declared a state of emergency Sunday in a southern district where a smoky haze blamed on Indonesian forest fires has triggered one of the country's worst pollution levels in years.