Japan's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to create a U.S.-style National Security Council, giving the prime minister's office greater authority as Tokyo grapples with the shifting balance of power in East Asia.
China Wednesday dismissed Australian criticism of its newly declared air defense identification zone as “completely mistaken” and raised the possibility of damaged relations between the two trading partners.
Vietnam will hand out fines of 100 million dong (US$4,740) to anyone criticizing the government on social media, under a new law announced this week, the latest measure in a widening crackdown on dissent by the country's communist rulers.
China said Wednesday it had monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area., 2 Comments
Thousands of protesters surrounded Thailand's Interior Ministry and forced the evacuation of four others on Tuesday, intensifying their campaign to bring down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Malaysia's foreign ministry summoned the ambassador from neighboring Singapore on Tuesday over a media report that the city-state helped with U.S.-Australian surveillance in the region. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman had already summoned the heads of the U.S. and Australian missions earlier in November in protest at reports that a vast U.S.-led surveillance network included a listening post in America's Malaysian embassy.
A Pacific islander whose homeland is threatened by rising seas failed in an attempt to become the world's first climate change refugee Tuesday, with a New Zealand judge dismissing his case as “novel” but “unconvincing .”
Indonesia's diplomatic rift with Australia over phone bugging accusations threatened to widen on Tuesday after the trade minister said Southeast Asia's biggest economy was looking elsewhere for food imports.
The Pacific island camps to which Australia sends asylum-seekers who arrive by boat are harsh environments which fail to meet international standards of treatment, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday announced that his government would shake up a decades-old system to protect rice farmers, a key part of Tokyo's pledge to open up the agricultural sector.