Asia Pacific Topics

Feb 16, 2015

China takes down senior leader amid anti-corruption campaign

Chinese authorities say a former vice chairman for the country’s top political advisory body has been expelled from the Communist Party and stripped of all government positions because of bribery. The Central Commission for Discipline Commission, the Communist Party’s top watchdog agency, said Monday ...

Feb 11, 2015

Former Chinese propaganda chief Deng Liqun dies at 100

Former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by the late leader Deng Xiaoping, died Tuesday at the age of 100, state media reported. Known as “Little Deng” to distinguish him from “Old Deng,” he ...

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Feb 6, 2015

Australia's Abbott to fight party vote to oust him

Party critics of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott launched a dramatic bid Friday to unseat the unpopular conservative leader after less than 18 months in office, but he vowed to fight on. The move comes after Abbott’s much-ridiculed decision to award Britain’s Prince Philip ...

Feb 4, 2015

North Korea strikes down U.S. talks, vows 'final doom'

North Korea on Wednesday ruled out resuming dialogue with the “gangster-like” United States and vowed to respond to any U.S. aggression with nuclear strikes and cyberwarfare. The bellicose statement from the country’s top military body, the National Defense Commission (NDC), came after reported moves ...

Pro-democracy protesters return to streets of Hong Kong

Feb 1, 2015

Pro-democracy protesters return to streets of Hong Kong

Thousands of prodemocracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year. Chanting “No fake universal suffrage. I want genuine universal suffrage,” the demonstrators held yellow umbrellas, which became a symbol of the earlier protests when ...