Apr 21, 2016

Business sentiment down but recovery OK: Cabinet Office

The government retained on Thursday its assessment of the economy because it is recovering moderately despite recent weakness. However, it slashed its view on corporate sentiment amid a firming yen and the slowdown in China. But it warned about the impact of the powerful ...

Apr 21, 2016

China eyes deeper military ties with Afghanistan

China wants to have deeper military ties with Afghanistan, including counterterrorism intelligence cooperation and joint drills, a senior Chinese officer told a visiting Afghan envoy. China is working with Pakistan and the United States to broker peace talks to end a Taliban insurgency that ...

Apr 21, 2016

Chinese state media refer to Xi as 'commander in chief'

Chinese state media unveiled a new title for President Xi Jinping, calling him “commander in chief” of the country’s new joint forces battle command center as he seeks to consolidate power over the military. State-run Xinhua News Agency and state broadcaster CCTV both carried ...

Apr 20, 2016

Japan enacts law to help keep remote islands inhabited

Lawmakers on Wednesday enacted a law designed to promote communities on remote islands with the aim of protecting the nation’s territorial integrity amid China’s increasing maritime assertiveness and other territorial disputes with neighboring countries. The bill, passed by the Diet’s House of Councilors, provides ...

Apr 20, 2016

China suspends G-20 anti-corruption task force, members say

China suspended an international anti-corruption task force after taking over the presidency of the Group of 20 earlier this year, according to six individuals in the group, who called it a setback to efforts to crack down on shell companies used to conceal assets. ...