Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday vowed to beef up his country's defense capability amid a blistering row with China, saying he would deal firmly with any “provocations.”
Nearly a quarter of men surveyed in six Asia-Pacific countries admit to committing rape, often against their own partners, according to a U.N. report published Tuesday that exposes widespread violence against women.
A new Pacific regional pact calling for aggressive action to combat climate change has achieved a “major accomplishment” by gaining U.S. support, officials said Sunday.
Kazakhstan and China plan to sign 22 agreements worth around US$30 billion, including in the key energy sector, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Saturday after talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
A high-ranking Chinese official who oversees state-owned firms is being probed for “serious disciplinary violations,” official media reported Sunday, as the country's new leaders intensify a clampdown on corruption.
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel warned fellow defense ministers on Thursday that a growing number of maritime incidents and tensions in disputed Asian waters increase the risk of a dangerous international confrontation.
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel assured Asian nations on Wednesday that Washington's long-term “pivot” to the region was not just rhetoric even as an escalating confrontation with Syria loomed over the talks.
China on Tuesday brushed aside calls from Japan to hold a leaders' summit as “grandstanding,” while Japan's finance minister said Tokyo should make clear it would use its navy to defend islands at the core of a dispute with Beijing.
Japan voiced irritation on Tuesday over comments by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called on Tokyo to face up to the past and improve ties with its neighbors.
A senior Indonesian lawmaker on Tuesday described as “crazy” a plan by the front-runner in Australia's election to pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to stem the flow of asylum seekers.