Asia Pacific Topics

Jul 11, 2014

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 ...

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

Jul 10, 2014

India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced the first major test of his reform credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government presented its maiden budget amid early doubts about his willingness to make unpopular decisions. The budget promised a new era of fiscal prudence and ...

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Jul 9, 2014

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Both candidates claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday, suggesting there could be a drawn-out constitutional battle to decide who will next lead the world’s third-largest democracy. Just a few hours after voting closed, Jakarta Gov. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he had won, ...

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

Jul 9, 2014

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo declared victory Wednesday in Indonesia’s tightest and most divisive presidential race since the downfall of dictator Suharto, which has pitted him against former Gen. Prabowo Subianto. It came after unofficial tallies from polling agencies showed him leading with around 53 ...

Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

Jul 7, 2014

Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

North Korea said Monday it will send an official cheering squad to support its athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea. In a statement, it said the gesture is aimed at promoting reconciliation between the rivals. The games are scheduled from Sept. ...