Jul 29, 2014

China indicts Japanese politician for drug smuggling

Chinese prosecutors have indicted a Japanese politician for carrying illegal drugs last year at an airport in the country, a source said Tuesday. Takuma Sakuragi, 70, a member of the Inazawa Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture, was taken into custody Oct. 31 after about ...

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. reassurance, resolve in Asia

by James Steinberg

As territorial frictions involving China and its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, U.S. strategy needs to balance resolve with reassurance without tempting Chinese war planners to further develop their country's capabilities.

Jul 29, 2014

Japan to set up new economic aid programs for Caribbean Community

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday pledged to launch new economic aid programs for the 14 member states of the Caribbean Community to continue support for the countries even after Japan’s official development assistance ends. At the first summit meeting between Japan and the ...

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

Jul 28, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy news site folds, citing pressure

A popular Hong Kong pro-democracy website has closed, citing political pressure, the latest sign of mounting tensions as the semi-autonomous Chinese city braces for a possible shutdown of its financial center by activists fighting Beijing’s desire to limit democratic reforms. In a letter posted ...

Jul 28, 2014

Xinjiang extremists may have joined Iraq conflict, China envoy says

Muslim extremists from China’s far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the conflict there, China’s special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has repeatedly expressed ...

China to run out of exports of endangered European eel by early next year

Jul 28, 2014

China to run out of exports of endangered European eel by early next year

China will stop exporting the internationally protected European eel to Japan by the end of next January, industry sources said Monday. The Chinese government’s office for wildlife protection has notified Japanese industry officials that the stock for re-exported, French-origin eels protected by an international ...

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

Jul 28, 2014

China keeps fishing fleet connected in disputed waters

On China’s southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coast guard should he run into ...

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

Jul 28, 2014

Toppled crosses in China spark defiance

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month. The next day, a church member used his own welding torch to put it back. He was promptly detained ...

Jul 28, 2014

As U.S. kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia

The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil — Iran. Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to ...

Jul 28, 2014

BofA sees China hand in Belgian Treasury binge

China is driving a jump in Belgian holdings of Treasuries and is a key reason for a plunge in yields even as the Federal Reserve trims its stimulus to support growth, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The CHART OF THE DAY tracks ...