Launching drills, Philippines voices alarm at China island activity

Apr 20, 2015

Launching drills, Philippines voices alarm at China island activity

The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about Chinese “aggressiveness” in disputed regional waters as it launched major war games with the United States. Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese construction over seven reefs and ...

Apr 20, 2015

Over 100,000 officials reprimanded so far in China's austerity crackdown

The top anti-graft body of China’s Communist Party says more than 100,000 officials have been reprimanded since late 2012 for violating policies mandating more austere working practices. The party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in its monthly report Monday that 5,340 officials were ...

Apr 19, 2015

Japan, U.S. consider joint surveillance in South China Sea

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering having the Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military conduct joint patrols and surveillance in the South China Sea, where China has been increasingly active, according to informed sources. The initiative is aimed at ensuring the stability of sea ...

AIIB rise reflects new economies

Apr 18, 2015

AIIB rise reflects new economies

by Mie Sakamoto

A planned Chinese-led investment bank may not have been the major theme at a meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs, but it drew significant attention amid the growing presence of emerging economies. On the sidelines of the gathering, which ended Friday, Finance Minister ...

Obama warns TPP failure would let China write trade rules

Apr 18, 2015

Obama warns TPP failure would let China write trade rules

President Barack Obama, trying to sway skeptics on free trade among his supporters, said Friday that if the U.S. can’t come to terms on an accord being worked on with other Pacific nations, China will step in to fill the void. Asia has the ...