Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 19, 2015

Two women to face off in Taiwan presidential election

The top two political parties in Taiwan have each nominated a woman for president in 2016, a historic first signaling acceptance of female leadership and kicking off a campaign highlighted so far by clashing views on ties with political rival China. Taiwan’s ruling party, ...

Disillusioned Hong Kong youths eye separatism

Jul 17, 2015

Disillusioned Hong Kong youths eye separatism


On a recent Sunday night in the working-class Hong Kong district of Mong Kok, a group of radical young activists swore through loudspeakers and gestured rudely as they denounced mainland Chinese as “prostitutes” and “barbarians.” The youngsters are members of a new front that ...

Jul 15, 2015

New Zealand opposition embroiled in racism row

New Zealand’s main opposition Labour Party denied allegations of racism Wednesday after blaming Chinese investors for pushing up prices in Auckland’s red-hot property market. Amid concerns that houses are becoming unattainable in New Zealand’s largest city, Labour released data over the weekend purporting to ...

Wildcard Hung takes gamble on Taiwan presidency for ailing KMT

Jul 12, 2015

Wildcard Hung takes gamble on Taiwan presidency for ailing KMT

Known as xiao-la-jiao, or “little hot pepper,” for her straight-talking style, unlikely presidential hopeful Hung Hsiu-chu encapsulates the crisis facing Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) — and the sharp divisions in the island’s politics. Hung’s conservative pro-China views are at odds with public sentiment and ...

Jul 10, 2015

South Korea denies report of North Korean general's defection

South Korea’s Unification Ministry on Thursday rejected a report by a local television station that a high-level North Korean general had defected to the South, with a ministry spokesman calling it “groundless.” Channel A, a television network affiliated with the conservative Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, ...

POW-turned-Sen. McCain hosts Hanoi's top Communist

Jul 9, 2015

POW-turned-Sen. McCain hosts Hanoi's top Communist

Forty-seven years after getting shot down over Hanoi, where he would languish as a prisoner of war, John McCain shared images of his painful past Wednesday with an unlikely visitor: Vietnam’s Communist Party boss. Nguyen Phu Trong, the party’s first general secretary to visit ...

Jun 30, 2015

China's ruling communists recruit fewer members

China’s ruling Communist Party recruited almost 15 percent fewer new members last year amid hopes that better-qualified candidates will expand its guiding role in Chinese society. Accounting for deaths and other losses, membership expanded by 1.1 million members, or 1.3 percent, in 2014 to ...