Tag: Asia

Obama backs Vietnam over China on Asia visit

Barack Obama has backed Vietnam in its dispute with China over territorial claims and navigation rights in the South China Sea. Though Obama, who is wrapping up his visit to Vietnam, did not name China directly, he said “big nations should not bully smaller ones”. Obama’s comments came a day after the US lifted a […]

North Korea could be preparing for fifth nuclear test, South Korea’s Park warns

TOKYO — North Korea appears to be preparing to conduct another nuclear test, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday, citing signs of increased movement near the North’s nuclear test site.   With a much-hyped congress of the communist Workers’ Party to be held early next month, Kim Jong Un appears to be trying to […]

Vietnam seizes ‘disguised Chinese fishing boat’ as tensions rise in South China Sea

Vietnam has seized a Chinese vessel for encroaching into its territorial waters, state media has reported. The seizure is the latest sign of heightened tensions among nations in increasingly fraught disputes over rights to the South China Sea.   The Chinese vessel with its captain and two sailors has been towed into the northern port […]

‘Panic situation’: Asian stocks tumble amid fears of new global recession

Japan’s Nikkei index plummeted more than 950 points on Tuesday, its biggest loss in one day since May 2013, as the fears over the global economy saw a continuation of the previous day’s selloff in Europe and the US.   The Nikkei dived 5.1% to 16,132.25 in morning trading and extended losses into the afternoon, […]

Military power in Asia ‘shifting against’ the US, major report warns

The balance of military power in Asia is shifting against the US as China makes aggressive territorial moves, a major independent report will warn on Wednesday.   Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia”, a major policy shift first outlined in 2011, is mired in confusion against a backdrop of a “significantly more complicated” international security picture, […]

Wall Street, world markets follow China rebound on government support

China’s stock markets rebounded in volatile trading Friday after authorities moved to stabilize the currency, bought shares and suspended a circuit-breaker system that fueled days of global financial panic.   As a degree of confidence trickled back to China, global markets also took heart from the Chinese government’s rescue act.   Wall Street opened higher […]

Protests Lodged Over Chinese Plane Landing on Artificial Island

Tensions are rising between China and its regional neighbors after Beijing tested out a runway on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea.   A civilian plane landed on a runway on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, one of many islands and reefs in the South China Sea claimed by […]

Vietnam protests Chinese test flight in South China Sea

China has defended conducting a test flight on a newly built airfield on reclaimed land in disputed waters in the South China Sea after objections from Vietnam.   Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said Saturday that a civilian aircraft used by the Chinese government conducted a test flight at the new airport on Fiery […]

Russia Says U.S. Policies Helped Islamic State, Interfax Reports

U.S. actions in the Middle East helped Islamic State to gain influence, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, according to Interfax. The strengthening of Islamic State “became possible partly due to irresponsible U.S. politics” that focused on fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad instead of joining efforts to root out terrorism, Medvedev was cited as saying […]

No joint declaration at Asia defense meet amid sea tensions

Divisions within Asia over China’s claims in the disputed South China Sea spilled over Wednesday to a meeting of U.S. and Asian defense ministers, where China insisted the group make no public mention of the strategic waters in a joint declaration intended as a public display of unity.   As a result, a joint statement […]