Asia Pacific Topics

Jun 26, 2014

S. Korea's Park keeps premier who quit

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent, who resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-won resigned ...

Navy drills will boost China-U.S.  contacts

Jun 24, 2014

Navy drills will boost China-U.S. contacts

Chinese warships will join U.S.-led naval drills off Hawaii for the first time this week, in a significant effort by the two powers’ fighting forces to forge connections. Rising giant China and superpower the United States frequently find themselves at loggerheads as Beijing asserts ...

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

| Jun 24, 2014

Stress of South Korea conscripts spotlighted

A deadly shooting spree by a South Korean military serviceman has once again raised questions over the wisdom of deploying young, inexperienced and often unprepared conscripts along the world’s last Cold War frontier. It is still unclear what caused the 22-year-old sergeant, identified only ...

Jun 21, 2014

Chinese cops kill 13 attackers in Xinjiang

Police in China’s western Xinjiang region shot dead 13 assailants who drove one or more vehicles into a police office building and set off explosives in an attack Saturday that injured three officers, the news website for the regional government said. The Tianshan website ...