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Japan's prime minister is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said on Wednesday, as the former World War II enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history.

Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he supported the proposed development of a Chinese-backed Asian regional bank as long as it was transparent and not run by a single country.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo Monday to forge tighter economic and defense ties, as Tokyo works to court friends in the face of a rising China.

Southeast Asian nations on Saturday wrapped up a key agreement allowing qualified banks to operate freely in each other's countries in a push toward greater financial and economic integration.

China, Japan and South Korea will this week hold the first meeting of their foreign ministers for three years, Tokyo said Tuesday, the latest sign of a gradual thaw in East Asian relations.

A senior Myanmar official on Sunday denied Chinese accusations that one of its warplanes crossed China's border and dropped a bomb that killed four farmers during fighting with Myanmar's rebels.

Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.

An Indonesian court on Tuesday dismissed a bid by two Australian drug traffickers on death row to avoid execution by challenging the president's rejection of their pleas for clemency.
Court dismisses death row Australians' legal bid


South Korea and the United States said Tuesday they would kick off their annual joint military exercises on March 2, setting the stage for a likely surge in tensions with North Korea.

Myanmar's army Saturday said more than 130 people had died in a deepening battle with rebels in the northeast, declaring it would not rest until stability was restored to the border area which tens of thousands have fled.

Sri Lanka's new president arrived in India Sunday on his first foreign trip in office, trying to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the strategically located island.

Japan called Thursday for international laws to be respected in territorial disputes, as it hosted a symposium in the latest bid to corral global opinion over its rows with China.

Chinese relatives of those on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 protested outside the carrier's office on Thursday demanding Malaysia withdraw a statement declaring all the passengers dead.
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