Dec 19, 2012

Supply surge jolts 'peak oil' theory

The entrenched notion that the world will soon start running short of oil was jolted earlier this year when an expert study concluded that, contrary to what most people believe, oil-supply capacity is expanding so fast that it will outpace consumption by a wide ...

Dec 13, 2012

New gas resources raise regional energy stakes

North American natural gas companies, in the midst of tapping vast new reserves from underground shale rock, are looking to energy-hungry Asia as the main future market for the cleanest burning fossil fuel. But even as a study commissioned by the U.S. government and ...

Nov 28, 2012

As the world grows warmer, concern cools down

A recent report on the humdrum subject of plans to build new coal-burning plants to generate electricity helps to explain why Asia — led by China and India — is now at the epicenter of concern about global warming and climate change. As policymakers ...

Sep 27, 2012

Senkaku row reverberates across Southeast Asia

China’s recent conduct in its bitter dispute with Japan over the ownership of islands, fisheries and seabed resources in the East China Sea raises some geopolitical storm warnings for Southeast Asia. While often seen as separate issues, the conflicting sovereignty claims of China and ...

Sep 20, 2012

Territorial row is a ticking time bomb for Asia

As the struggle to control disputed islands and valuable offshore resources has intensified in the East and South China Seas over the past few years, the United States has said repeatedly that it does not take sides in the disagreements among Asian countries over ...

Sep 12, 2012

New ships give China's navy a stronger punch

In the latest step in its naval modernization and expansion, China recently announced that it is accelerating serial production of an advanced destroyer. This will tilt the regional balance of power at sea in its favor and put it in a stronger position to ...

Sep 5, 2012

Nuclear edge to sea disputes

The tug of war over the South China Sea is seen mainly as a struggle among rival claimants —China, Taiwan and several Southeast Asian states — for control of valuable fisheries as well as seabed oil, natural gas and mineral resources. China’s claim to ...

Aug 29, 2012

Tensions rise in Northeast Asia

Japan and South Korea, allies of the United States since World War II, are supposed to be part of an Asia-Pacific counterbalance to China’s growing power and its expansive maritime and island claims in East Asia’s seas. Instead, an upwelling of nationalism as the ...

Aug 22, 2012

Region could drive a global economic revival

Amid concerns about sagging growth in both advanced and developing economies, Japan — which is heavily dependent on Asian demand — may take heart from the region’s potential to drive a global revival. For centuries, less than 1 percent of the world’s population had ...

Aug 8, 2012

New tech raises proliferation risk

The United States is on the verge of approving a license later this month for the world’s first plant to enrich uranium on a commercial scale for civilian nuclear power reactors using laser technology developed by an Australian company. The Australian firm, Silex Systems ...