Asia Pacific Topics

Sep 19, 2016

Chinese paper calls opposition to Myanmar dams 'extreme'

Opposition to Chinese-invested hydropower programs in Myanmar is being orchestrated by “extreme” groups in the country and has heavily damaged joint investment projects, an influential Chinese newspaper wrote on Monday. The suspension in 2011 of the $3.6-billion Myitsone megadam project by former president Thein ...

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit Cuba: officials

Sep 14, 2016

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit Cuba: officials

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to travel to Cuba to shore up relations with one of the world’s few other remaining Communist states, officials said Wednesday, months after U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Caribbean island. Li will visit Cuba to discuss “how to ...

Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him

Sep 9, 2016

Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he told President Barack Obama during their encounter in Laos that he never cursed him. On a visit to Indonesia, Duterte told the Filipino community there that he told Obama: “President Obama, I’m President Duterte. I never made ...

ASEAN summit goes soft on China over sea dispute

Sep 8, 2016

ASEAN summit goes soft on China over sea dispute

A summit of Southeast Asian countries and world powers is expected to let China off with a muted reprimand over its expansionist activities in the disputed South China Sea, according to a draft of their joint statement to be released Thursday. The mild language ...