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  • Uganda denies minister was bribed by former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho

    HONG KONG, 2017/11/29 US Department of Justice claims Ho considered setting up yuan exchange centre in Uganda with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa. Uganda on Friday rejected US accusations that its foreign minister curried favour with a Chinese energy firm in return for US$500,000 in bribes from Patrick Ho Chi-ping, Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary presently under arrest in the US on corruption charges. According to the Department of Justice in the United States, Ho was contemplating last year setting up Africa’s initial yuan exchange centre in Uganda by collaborating with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa.
  • Chinese official expresses concern over political unrest in Pakistan

    CHINA, 2017/11/22 A top Chinese official has expressed concern over the prevailing political instability in Pakistan that could negatively impact the pace of the projects started under the ambitious USD 50 billion CPECBSE -4.45 % initiative, according to a media statement today. The Chinese delegation expressed weariness during the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) conference held here yesterday.
  • Samsung Electronics to set up AI research centre

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/11/22 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday it would create an artificial intelligence (AI) research centre and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups. The minor changes to the tech giant's business structure were to "quickly respond to market changes," Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The move follows last month's appointment of a new generation of top managers that dispelled lingering worries about a leadership vacuum from the detention of Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee.
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and Asia’s changing order

    CHINA, 2017/11/15 In the two days of meetings from 8 November between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Trump’s initial national visit, it appears that they did not talk at all about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Trump’s tour reflected the tendency of his government to see Asia entirely through the lens of bilateral ties and crises. US Secretary of National Rex Tillerson and Trump have stated that the United States seeks to sustain and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific, but the inability to match that concept with either a meaningful strategic vision or substantive policy was plainly on display.
  • Fuel removal device installed at meltdown-hit Fukushima reactor

    JAPAN, 2017/11/13 The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), says it started putting a crane on the roof of unit No. 3 on Sunday to extract a total of 566 rods from its fuel pool. Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have installed a device to remove nuclear fuel from a meltdown-hit reactor nearly seven years next the crisis was sparked by a tsunami, a spokesman said Monday, November 13.
  • China, Vietnam Reach 'Consensus' To Uphold 'Peace In South China Sea'

    CHINA, 2017/11/13 Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as well have claims in the South China Sea, and the dispute has long been seen as a potential trigger for conflict in Asia. The Communist leaders of China and Vietnam reached a "consensus" on handling the contested South China Sea, Chinese national media reported Sunday, hours next US President Donald Trump offered to mediate in the dispute. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong during a national visit to Hanoi on Sunday, next Trump as well visited the country.
  • Abe’s revived mandate needs to deliver a foreign policy checkmate

    JAPAN, 2017/11/04 Next Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landslide electoral victory, it is time to go back to work, and foreign policy is not an area where Abe can afford complacency. His success depends on maintaining a stable power base through successful domestic policy, but at this point in time it seems reasonable to expect that he will serve his full nine-year tenure as LDP President and prime minister until September 2021. On foreign and security policy there are three vital issues to consider: North Korea, Russia and China.
  • Is TPP 2.0 good to go?

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  • Saudi Arabia’s Footprints in Southeast Asia

    BRUNEI , 2017/11/02 At the same time as King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia embarked on a month-long trip to Asia in February this year, Western media outlets led with incredulous stories about the monarch’s large entourage and their mountain of luggage. Traditionally obsessed with the desert kingdom’s human rights record and the national-sponsored brand of Islam, those same outlets took delight in touting the trip as a sign of Saudi economic weakness.
  • A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia?

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/11/02 Early next year, Sydney will play host to a appropriate summit between Australia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. But as we approach that conference, questions remain about what role Canberra should really play in Southeast Asia amid concerning developments within the subregion, vexing security issues in Asia additional broadly, and uncertainty over the role of other powers inclunding the United States. Australia’s position and standing as a wealthy, Western-oriented country in the region, one would think, would give it an chance at the negotiating table where critical issues like North Korea and a potential conflict in the South China Sea will dictate the broader schedule. And some analysts continue to argue that the Australian government should take a additional proactive stance with ASEAN, which is facing difficult times as individual members take unilateral action to silence dissent, upsetting civil rights groups and a lot of in the West.