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  • Japan and Sri Lanka to step up maritime cooperation

    TOKYO -- Japan will reinforce cooperation on maritime security with Sri Lanka, as well as support infrastructure and health projects there, in initiatives aimed at countering China's growing influence in the Indian Ocean.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe we

    March 15, 2018 07:18 am JST
  • Sri Lanka's silent port reveals China's ever tighter grip

    COLOMBO -- The front gate of southern Sri Lanka's Hambantota port was uncharacteristically deserted. Over the course of nearly an hour one mid-February afternoon, only a few vehicles passed by a lonely teahouse by the entrance. "Around this time, th

    March 14, 2018 04:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar military bases built atop Rohingya ruins: Amnesty report

    YANGON -- Myanmar is rapidly building military facilities in Rakhine State on the ruins of the torched homes of the Muslim Rohingya minority, Amnesty International says in a report released Monday.Satellite images show new buildings and fences on th

    March 13, 2018 03:27 am JST
  • Plane crash in Nepal leaves at least 49 dead, 22 injured

    KATHMANDU (Kyodo) -- A passenger plane carrying 71 people from Dhaka crashed near Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday, with at least 49 fatalities and 22 survivors, some in critical condition, police said.Police spokesman Manoj Neu

    March 12, 2018 10:44 pm JST
  • Buddhist mobs threaten Sri Lanka's fragile ethnic peace

    COLOMBO -- Roving mobs of Buddhist nationalists have been rampaging through two areas of Sri Lanka for days, straining the South Asian country's fragile ethnic peace and forcing the government to declare a state of emergency and deploy troops. The v

    March 11, 2018 12:50 pm JST
  • China and India court new Nepali leader

    KATHMANDU -- A week into his term as Nepal's new prime minister, K.P. Sharma Oli found himself again wooed by regional rivals China and India.Oli was celebrating his 66th birthday on Feb. 23 when Chinese Ambassador Yu Hong brought flowers to his off

    March 8, 2018 12:50 pm JST
  • Once a world leader, Asia now trails in women lawmakers

    TOKYO -- Back in 1995, Asia was at the forefront of breaking the political glass ceiling for women. Twenty-three years later, the region has fallen behind the world average.Asia's average proportion of women in parliament -- lower and upper houses c

    March 8, 2018 12:10 pm JST
  • China puts the US Navy on notice with far-flung ports and big guns

    TOKYO Despite its long coast along the South and East China seas, much of China is landlocked and far from any port. Traditionally, the country has focused on strengthening its army. Now, however, it is prioritizing a naval buildup that could allow

    March 8, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China's economic coercion worries retiring US Navy commander

    TOKYO -- When Admiral Scott Swift enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1978, there were no concepts of soft power or smart power. The navy had around 530 active ships, nearly twice the number of today, and mass counted.Forty years later, as he prepares to r

    March 7, 2018 04:05 pm JST
  • Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clash

    COLOMBO (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim

    March 6, 2018 07:11 pm JST
  • 'Gray-listing' pushes Pakistan further into China's orbit

    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan is set to become increasingly reliant on Chinese loans and investment now that the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental anti-money laundering watchdog, has initiated a process to place the country back on a counte

    March 6, 2018 02:00 pm JST
  • Laos and Nepal to ride Japan's microsatellites into space

    TOKYO -- A University of Tokyo team plans to launch about 20 microsatellites over the next three years in collaboration with more than 20 countries, including Laos and Nepal, to supplement telecommunications infrastructure.In addition to improving m

    March 5, 2018 12:00 pm JST
  • Japan to roll out the red carpet for Sri Lankan president

    TOKYO -- Japan is expected to reaffirm its commitment to bolstering bilateral ties with Sri Lanka during an official visit by the Indian Ocean nation's leader this month in an effort to forestall Chinese encroachment in the region.President Maithrip

    March 3, 2018 02:53 am JST
  • Brahma Chellaney: China is ensnaring vulnerable states in debt traps

    American statesman John Adams (U.S. president from 1797 to 1801) famously said, "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."China has chosen the second path. Aggressively employing economic tools

    March 1, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China puts US Navy on notice with far-flung ports and big guns

    TOKYO -- Despite its long coast along the South and East China seas, much of China is landlocked and far from any port. Traditionally, the country has focused on strengthening its army. Now, however, it is prioritizing a naval buildup that could all

    February 27, 2018 04:25 pm JST
  • Villagers flee Kashmir front line as India, Pakistan trade artillery fire

    SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) -- India and Pakistan have exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said, raising fresh doubts about a 15-year-old ceasefire between the nuclear-ar

    February 25, 2018 05:02 pm JST
  • Dubai-based Careem seeks to double ride-hailing network

    DUBAI -- Middle Eastern ride-hailing platform Careem plans to roughly double its network within three years by further cultivating the region's market and diversifying operations."We aim to be in close to 200 cities in 20 countries in three years,"

    February 23, 2018 03:37 pm JST
  • Japan to promote "Indo-Pacific" strategy through aid: ODA paper

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan plans to use aid to developing countries to promote its "free and open Indo-Pacific" strategy, the government said Friday in its annual report on the country's official development assistance.Under the strategy, espoused by th

    February 23, 2018 10:03 am JST
  • Beijing hits back at criticism of its Maldives policy

    BEIJING China has blasted claims by former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed that Beijing is trying to take over the island nation as "absolutely false."Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, speaking to reporters on Feb. 13, said Nasheed

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST
  • China debt puts the Maldives at risk of 'land grab,' ex-leader warns

    COLOMBO Massive debts could force the Maldives to cede territory to China as early as 2019, according to former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, who also warns that a flawed presidential election this year would open the door for a Chinese takeo

    February 22, 2018 10:00 am JST