Asia Pacific Topics

Jan 18, 2015

Taiwan's embattled ruling party looks to new leader

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly ruling party appointed a new leader on Saturday in the hope of reversing its fortunes after its worst-ever local election setback reflected growing fears over Chinese influence. President Ma Ying-jeou resigned as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) over the election defeat in ...

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

Jan 17, 2015

China's graft crackdown ensnares senior spy chief

China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said, signaling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spilled over into its powerful intelligence apparatus. Ma Jian, a vice minister at the Ministry of ...

Jan 12, 2015

Home of H.K. media tycoon Lai firebombed

The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in large prodemocracy protests last month, were firebombed early Monday, a spokesman said. The first attack took place around 1:30 a.m. ...

Sri Lankan president secures majority to push reforms

Jan 11, 2015

Sri Lankan president secures majority to push reforms

Sri Lanka’s newly elected president has engineered enough defections from his predecessor’s party to secure a parliamentary majority essential for radical constitutional reforms, officials said Sunday. Maithripala Sirisena has already received the backing of more than 40 lawmakers who were previously loyal to Mahinda ...

Jan 10, 2015

North Korea hints at nuclear test moratorium

North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday. The reported proposal comes at a time of ...