February 10, 2016
MANILA, Philippines--Philippine presidential candidates launched their campaigns Tuesday in festive showbiz-style rallies to draw in the crowds in what is emerging as a closely fought contest to lead one of Asia's most unwieldy democracies.
February 06, 2016
TAINAN, Taiwan--Rescuers raced to find additional survivors after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn Saturday and collapsed a high-rise residential complex, killing at least seven people and sending scores to hospital.
February 03, 2016
MANILA--The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate by sending planes and ships into China-claimed areas.
February 01, 2016
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--Myanmar's parliament dominated by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party on Monday began a new and historic session that will install the country's first democratically elected government in more than 50 years.
January 30, 2016
WASHINGTON--A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other nations in the South China Sea on Jan 30, in an operation the Pentagon said aimed to challenge efforts to restrict freedom of navigation.
January 25, 2016
A Japanese rocket maker said on Jan. 25 that a large piece of metal that washed up on a beach in Thailand is likely part of a rocket launched by Japan, not a missing Malaysian plane.
January 23, 2016
The number of foreigners who applied for refugee status in Japan hit a record high of 7,586 in 2015, up 50 percent from the previous year, according to preliminary figures released by the Justice Ministry on Jan. 23.
January 21, 2016
WALINI, Indonesia--Indonesia broke ground on a high-speed rail line between the capital Jakarta and Bandung, officially marking the start of the three-year construction project.
January 20, 2016
PESHAWAR, Pakistan--Islamist Taliban militants stormed a university in volatile northwestern Pakistan on Jan. 20, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens as the army hunted for any gunmen still holed up on the campus, officials said.
January 18, 2016
JAKARTA--One of the eight men killed in an audacious attack by Muslim militants in the heart of Indonesia’s capital was a civilian and not one of the bombers as first thought, police said Jan. 17.
January 15, 2016
JAKARTA--The scene had echoes of the Paris attacks: A bustling shopping area shaken by the blasts of suicide bombers and gunfire as onlookers fled in terror.
January 14, 2016
JAKARTA--Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia's capital and waged gunbattles with police on Jan. 14, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows.
January 13, 2016
ANA Holdings Inc. announced on Jan. 12 it will invest 13 billion yen ($110.7 million) in nationally owned Vietnam Airlines to expand its operations in Southeast Asia.
January 12, 2016
MANILA--The Philippine Supreme Court on Jan. 12 declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local military camps, in a boost to U.S. efforts to reassert its presence in Asia as China rises to regional dominance.
January 07, 2016
BEIJING—China landed two test flights on an island it has built in the South China Sea on Jan. 6, four days after it angered Vietnam with a landing on the same runway in the disputed territory, the Xinhua state news agency said.
January 04, 2016
MANILA--The Philippine government said on Jan. 4 that like Vietnam, it opposes China's recent test of a newly completed runway on one of seven islands Beijing has constructed in the disputed South China Sea.
January 03, 2016
HANOI--Vietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact on Jan. 2 by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing has built in a contested part of the South China Sea.
December 18, 2015
Japan moved a step forward in plans to sell defense equipment to Indonesia and enhance military cooperation at sea during the nations’ first “2+2” security talks in Tokyo on Dec. 17.
December 17, 2015
SYDNEY--Australia will not bow to Chinese pressure to halt surveillance flights over disputed islands in the South China Sea at the center of rival claims between China and some of its neighbors, Defense Minister Marise Payne said on Dec. 17.
December 13, 2015
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's agreement in principle to supply nuclear power technology to India may run counter to Japan's stated commitment against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.