Fifteen countries including China signed a major trade deal after years of tricky negotiations, creating a regional bloc that covers around a third of global economic output and extends Beijing’s influence.
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to revert to a more conventional approach to negotiating with North Korea—one that mixes pressure with what he calls “principled diplomacy.”
China and 14 other Asia-Pacific nations aim to sign a trade deal this weekend that will knit their economies closer together—the second pact covering large swaths of the region whose signatories don’t include the U.S.
Myanmar’s ruling party led by Aung San Suu Kyi has won enough seats in parliament to form the next government, giving it five more years to shape the country’s transition to democracy that turned rocky in its first term.
Taiwan hasn’t recorded a locally transmitted coronavirus infection in about seven months but has been blocked from participating in a virtual gathering this week of the 194-member World Health Assembly.
Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers said they would resign en masse over the ouster of four pro-democracy colleagues, as Beijing intensifies its crackdown on dissent in the city.
The incumbent National League for Democracy, led by the Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, is widely expected to remain in power despite concern over the treatment of an ethnic minority.
Taiwan hasn’t had a local Covid-19 infection in months, and Vietnam hasn’t in weeks. Australia touched zero over the weekend. China, Thailand and New Zealand rarely have outbreaks.
Pakistan announced plans to formally integrate part of the territory it controls in the disputed region of Kashmir, in a move China has been requesting but has upset India, which claims the territory.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended an Asian tour focused on criticism of Beijing with a last-minute stop in Vietnam, which is tangled in disputes with its neighbor China in the South China Sea.
A disbanded Hong Kong pro-democracy organization said national security police had arrested a former organizer of the group near the U.S. diplomatic mission in the city.
The military deal is part of a U.S. effort to bolster cooperation in the Pacific and Indian oceans and counter China.
Thailand lifted an emergency decree issued last week that banned public gatherings, a reversal that embattled Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said was a good-faith gesture aimed at defusing protests against his administration.
Authorities in Pakistan said they would lift a ban on TikTok after the Chinese-owned video-sharing app agreed to take down content they deemed vulgar, indecent and immoral.
Physical clash between diplomats from China and Taiwan during a diplomatic meeting in the Pacific island nation of Fiji comes as Beijing intensifies efforts to assert its territorial claims over Taiwan.
Demonstrators defied a government ban on large gatherings for the fourth consecutive day to call for the prime minister’s resignation.
China’s top economic-planning body is targeting Australian cotton, Australian industry groups say, the latest escalation in the countries’ diplomatic and trade row.
a senior health official said, a move that would make it the second country outside China to do so.
Australia is “working through normal diplomatic channels” to clarify reports in two trade publications that Chinese authorities have told several state-owned steelmakers and power plants to stop importing Australian coal.
The failure in India’s financial hub was seen as an embarrassment for the country as it seeks to attract international investment and lure manufacturing away from China.