May 2, 2016

China airs two more confessions by Taiwan fraud suspects

Confessions by two more Taiwanese telecoms fraud suspects, from among dozens deported from Kenya to China last month, were aired by Chinese state television on Monday, appearing to back China’s contention that such crimes are lightly dealt with in Taiwan. The case, and subsequent ...

May 2, 2016

Philippine front-runner open to talks with China on sea dispute

Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking Davao City mayor who is leading Philippine presidential polls, said he will hold bilateral talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea if the current multilateral discussions do not bear fruit within two years. Duterte ...

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

Apr 30, 2016

How France sank Japan's $40 billion Australian submarine dream

In 2014, a blossoming friendship between Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe looked to have all but sewn up a $40 billion submarine deal. Then French naval contractor DCNS hatched a bold and seemingly hopeless plan to crash the party. ...

Japan eyes deal to lease MSDF aircraft to Philippines from May

Apr 30, 2016

Japan eyes deal to lease MSDF aircraft to Philippines from May

Japan and the Philippines are set to clinch a deal next month on the provision of Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 training aircraft to the Southeast Asian country, officials of the two countries said Friday. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin ...