Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

Why Asia's Typhoon Season Targeted Vietnam This Year

You probably heard about Hurricane Maria as it killed hundreds of people across the Caribbean Sea in September and Hurricane Harvey’s flooding in the U.S. city of Houston a month earlier.<p>But do you know about Kirogi, a tropical storm of near-typhoon proportions that made landfall in Vietnam Monday …

Weather

News24.com | The 21st century is stranger than fiction

If anything has proved how poor the conventional art of forecasting is at capturing the real world as it evolves, the recent past has driven a nail …

South African Politics

This one photo tells you all you need to know about Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one of Putin's many luxury watches peeking out from under his shirt, this one perhaps a Blancpain $10,000 piece, one that …

Syria

Russian Military Spreads Fake Intelligence

<b>Left:</b> Russian MoD "evidence"; <b>Right:</b> footage from "AC-130 Gunship Simulator" video game (Source: Bellingcat)<p>Last week (November 14), the Russian …

Russia

New Zealand leader regrets story that suggested Trump mistook her for Trudeau’s wife

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, <b></b>has said that she regrets sharing an anecdote that suggested President Trump mistook her for the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.<p>“It was a bit of a funny yarn,” Arden told TVNZ on Monday morning, adding that it was “something that I don't …

Donald Trump

Rumors Fly About The 'Last Year Of Putin'

For the last three months, rumors within Russia media circles have been circulating that Vladimir Putin might not run for president next year. He has yet to make an announcement of his candidacy. And now, <i>The</i> <i>Independent</i> newspaper out of London has taken those rumors live. The cat is now out of the …

Russia

Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe say it’s a fresh start for China and Japan. Hmm... | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have emerged from talks in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang to declare the two …

China

New Zealand Prime Minister Roasts Trump

Perhaps the most difficult part about becoming a world leader in 2017, is that you occasionally have to meet Donald Trump at summits and conferences …

Fashion

Russia, Iran, Turkey to Meet Over Syria Amid Tensions With U.S.

Russia, Turkey and Iran hold summit talks on Syria next week as Ankara threatens a possible attack on U.S.-allied Kurdish forces and tensions rise …

Business

Trump's South China Sea Message

An underreported theme of President Trump’s Asia tour was his attention to a regional flashpoint overshadowed by North Korea: the South China Sea. While Mr. Trump avoided public statements on the issue in China, he laid down important markers in Vietnam and the Philippines.<p>For five years China has …

South China Sea

Revenge Is a Rotten Way to Run a Country

<i>President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific</i> …

Liberal View

India should become a central component of Asia-Pacific

strategy<p>By Lalit K Jha<p>Washington, Nov 16 (PTI) India should become a central component of the Asia-Pacific strategy of the US, a top American scholar …

China

The TPP 11 rekindle multilateral trade hopes as Trump looks on

<b>DANANG, Vietnam</b> When Japanese Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi walked into the press briefing room at the International Media …

International Relations

Trump wants to make India the core of his Asia strategy — but he needs to know a few things first

President Donald Trump's landmark Asia trip, which concluded on Tuesday, revealed his growing reliance on India as a strategic partner in the …

India

Trump Declares ‘America First’ Policy a Success After Asia Trip

WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted on Wednesday that nearly 10 months of his “America First” foreign policy had restored strength and respect to the United States on the world stage after years of what he called failed leadership under his predecessors.<p>Hours after returning home from a 12-day, …

Politics

Sieren's China: Mr Bean goes to Asia

Donald Trump's 12-day tour might go down in history as being the last attempt to master the shifting of power in Asia. What is clear is that …

China

Trump proclaims success of his Asia trip but cites no major breakthroughs

President Trump on Wednesday proclaimed “the tremendous success” of his five-nation tour of Asia, but his message was undermined by the lack of significant accomplishments he could point to from the trip.<p>The president, who had returned to the White House the evening before looking fatigued, boasted …

Politics

China-Japan Relations Move Toward a ‘New Start’

Japan's prime minister met with the Chinese president and premier on the sidelines of the APEC and ASEAN meetings.

China

The Reborn TPP Proves That Multilateral Agreements Trump Bilateral Trade Deals Every Time

America’s Asia Pacific allies have rejected Donald Trump’s trade policies and moved ahead on their own. At the APEC summit in Danang, Trump doubled down on his message of “America First” and every-country-for-itself. Going forward, he implied, America’s key trading partners would have to negotiate …

International Relations

#StopTheCrackdownVN: Global Groups Call for Human Rights Protection in Vietnam

Human rights groups are calling for the release of 165 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.<p>Global civil society organizations (CSOs) have launched a …

Rights & Freedoms

Interview: Upgrading China-Chile FTA to boost both economies -- former ECLAC official - Xinhua

by Omar Mendoza<p>SANTIAGO, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- China and Chile have agreed to upgrade their free trade agreement (FTA), a move that will boost both …

China

How the world has moved on without America, in just a year

During his dystopian inaugural speech, Donald Trump promised to end an era of “American carnage” with a “new decree”—that the US’s interests would be put first around the world.<p>A year after his surprise election, and 10 months after that speech, it appears the US is being left behind instead. Trump …

International Relations

UPDATE 1-Mexico to propose NAFTA review mechanism to counter U.S. sunset clause

(Recasts with five-year reviews, minister comments)<p>MEXICO CITY, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Mexican negotiators will propose that the North American Free …

NAFTA

Trump is flattered across Asia, and flatters back, but returns with little in hand

In the photo, President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the yellow-tiled palace where emperors ruled the Middle Kingdom, as China called itself for centuries.<p>It was the first time a U.S. president had stood for a portrait with the head of China’s Communist …

News

AUSTRALIA SAYS YES: Here's what happens next for marriage equality

Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images<p>The Australian people have backed same-sex marriage in a postal survey with more than 12.7 million people voting …

Equality

British PM Theresa May Accuses Vladimir Putin Of Election Meddling And Trying To ‘Weaponize’ Information

President Trump might have <i>just</i> gotten done telling the world how much he believes Vladimir Putin when he says he didn’t mess with the U.S. election, but other world leaders aren’t so sure. Theresa May has come out swinging against Putin, and has accused the Kremlin of attempting to “undermine free …

Russia

Spotlight: Turkey's expectations frustrated by U.S.-Russian deal on Syria: analysts

Spotlight: Turkey's expectations frustrated by U.S.-Russian deal on Syria: analysts<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir …

Syria

Taiwan Cannot Develop Renewable Energy While Secretly Subsidizing Fossil Fuels

Taiwan plans to triple its renewable energy production to 20 percent by 2025 but carefully hidden subsidies threaten to keep Taiwan tied to coal, oil and gas.<p>Bringing this much green power online is a tough ask, even discounting a parallel commitment to draw down nuclear energy to zero from the …

Renewable Energy

Trade storms brewing after Trump's Asia trip

There was a great deal of angst in Asia ahead of President Trump’s first visit to the region.<p>Japan was concerned that it would be formally asked to …

Free Trade

Factbox: Milestones in 26 years of China-ASEAN dialogue - Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has marked in Manila Monday their 26th anniversary of the …

South China Sea