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Southeast Asian nations back halt to China's land reclamation in...
Philippines foreign minister Albert del Rosario, front left, walks with Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, front right, during the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 4. (AP Photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian countries on Aug. 4 backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued...
China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Aug. 3 the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian...
China ‘extremely concerned’ by ASEAN statement on disputed sea
Reclamation efforts and construction work by the Chinese are under way on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in October 2014. (Provided by Filipino military sources)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Ministry said on April 28 that it was "extremely concerned" after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed concern about land reclamation and...
China maritime tensions dominate Southeast Asia summit
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur on April 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
KUALA LUMPUR--Southeast Asian leaders edged closer to open criticism of China's land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea at a regional summit on April 27, as the...
Japan cannot pass up opportunity to join Chinese-led AIIB
The first brick in the construction of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was literally laid on Oct. 24, 2014, with 21 countries signing onto the Chinese...
Japan, Thailand bolster economic and security ties
Thailand Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha touched down in Tokyo in early February for a summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe.
Malaysia's Anwar jailed for 5 years after losing appeal in sodomy...
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysia's highest court rejected on Feb. 10 an appeal by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction, sending the politician who poses the...
Mitsubishi Motors rolls out completely redesigned Triton pickup in ...
The all-new Triton double cab GLS 4WD (Provided by Mitsubishi Motors Corp.)
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) unveiled the all-new Triton 1-ton pickup truck, one of its long-time global best-sellers, in Thailand on Nov. 18.
China offers ASEAN friendship, loans as South China Sea tension...
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, third from right, during a group photo session at the 9th East Asia Summit on Nov. 13 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Second from left is Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. (AP Photo)
NAYPYITAW--China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered $20 billion in loans on Nov. 13 but held firm on the line...
Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with leaders of ASEAN members in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Nov. 12. (Makoto Igarashi)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to...
Tokyo art university replicates ancient Buddhist mural for gifts...
Masaaki Miyasako, a professor at the Graduate School of the Tokyo University of the Arts, left, hands a replica of a scene of a Buddhist mural commissioned by the government of Myanmar to be given as gifts during the ASEAN summit to Sanda Khin, Myanmar’s deputy minister for culture, on Nov. 5. (Provided by Tokyo University of the Arts)
Copies of an important ancient Buddhist religious mural meticulously recreated using advanced Japanese art-reproduction technology will be given as gifts to the leaders at the...
Japan proposes improved energy-efficiency and health care to ASEAN ...
Japanese industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, attends a meeting of economic ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 26. (Go Kobayashi)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Japan pledged to help promote energy conservation and preventive health care in Southeast Asia during a key international meeting between economic ministers ...
N. Korea's new foreign minister leaves his mark on international...
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong arrives at a hotel in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 9. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--North Korea's new foreign minister hit the diplomatic circuit in earnest at a key ASEAN conference in Myanmar, in an apparent effort to end Pyongyang's international...
Kishida meets with foreign ministers of China, N. Korea in Myanmar
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun photos)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Chinese and North Korean counterparts here in hopes of improving Japan's unstable relations with the two nations.
China rebuffs U.S. efforts on South China Sea tensions
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, right, stands beside Vietnamese foreign minister Pham Binh Minh, center, and Philippine foreign minister Albert del Rosario in Naypyidaw on Aug. 9. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NAYPYIDAW--China appeared to rebuff pressure from the United States to rein in its assertive actions in the South China Sea on Aug. 10 as Southeast Asian nations declined to...
China and Japan talk in Myanmar on easing political tensions
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreground second right, waits for the commence of 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome existing political obstacles between the two sides" during an informal meeting...
Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, left, at a hotel during their meeting outside the venue of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/ Pool)
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
Tokyo and Seoul seek foreign minister talks at Myanmar ASEAN forum
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, in New York in September 2013 (Pool) 
Tokyo plans to hold a meeting of foreign ministers with Seoul in the hopes of forging the first summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye, sources...
Does Japan have a security role in Southeast Asia?
In late May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headlined the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with a keynote speech on the current geopolitical trajectory in Asia and the...
In dig at China, Abe says Japan supports Southeast Asia on freedom ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his keynote speech on May 30 in Singapore. Abe is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Japan in regional security, said on May 30 that Tokyo would offer its "utmost support" to Southeast Asian...