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  1. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Japan and South Korea take different approaches to North Korean kidnap victims

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 11:30pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Jeonju, South Korea Megumi Yokota symbolises Tokyo's effort to bring back nationals taken by North Korea, yet her husband from South Korea is forgotten Japan, S Korea differ on citizen abduction Kim Young-nam was a teenager living on the coast of South Korea when he disappeared in 1978, only to turn up in North Korea. There, he met and married Megumi Yokota, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1546040/japan-and-south-korea-take-different-approaches-north-korean-kidnap
  2. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    Beijing envoy urges positive ties with Manila despite South China Sea tensions

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 06:42pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Manila Envoy calls for closer ties with Philippines China's ambassador to the Philippines says economic ties between the two countries are at disappointing levels and both must work to advance their common prosperity. Southeast Asian nations including the Philippines and Vietnam are embroiled in territorial rows with China over the South China Sea. Beijing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1545035/philippines-investing-more-china-beijing-envoy-touts-economic-ties-manila
  3. News - China

    Beijing making a counterplay to Washington's Asia-Pacific pivot

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 04:02am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing China appears to be responding to US muscle-flexing in Asia, with moves including its own development bank and a bid to reopen the Silk Road Peace arc versus pivot ... Beijing appeared set on shaping Asia's security and financial architecture more to its liking. "China is trying to work out its own counterbalance strategy," said Sun Zhe, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1546966/beijing-making-counterplay-washingtons-asia-pacific-pivot
  4. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    ‘It wasn’t sexy but it’s good enough’: Belgium edge out South Korea for third win in a row

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 06:41am

    ... Reuters For Asia's representatives the World Cup is over as all four teams head home without a win Belgium came into the World Cup with a side short on experience but long on flair ... not the sexiest football we’ve shown but we’re very happy with nine out of nine points,” Mousa Dembele told reporters after Thursday’s 1-0 win over South Korea. “Every game we win we’re more and more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1541407/south-korea-0-belgium-1-10-man-red-devils-make-it-three-wins-three
  5. News - China Insider - SECURITY

    China replaces South Korea as East Asia’s largest defence equipment importer

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com China overtook South Korea as East and Southeast Asia’s largest importer of defence equipment last year as imports in the region rose more than ... in the East China Sea and South China Sea, according to figures released on Thursday by the consultancy IHS in its annual Balance of Trade study. China’s imports increased 52.6 per cent to US$2.3 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1436306/china-replaces-south-korea-east-asias-largest-defence-equipment
  6. Lifestyle - Travel

    Anthony Lark and Trisara are redefining the high-end hotel in Asia

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 12:38am by Andrew Sun

    ... of independent boutique hotels to manage and operate, such as The Boathouse (now known as The Boathouse by Montara) on Kata Beach in the south of Phuket. Lark's job as VP of business development, is to oversee Trisara's growth. He's been scouting beach properties across Southeast Asia suitable for his kind of secluded villas. Having established its place in Phuket (Trisara villas start ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel/article/1545635/anthony-lark-and-trisara-are-redefining-high-end-hotel-asia
  7. News - World - FOOD

    White House chef tours Asia in hope of luring foodies to the United States

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 11:23pm by AFP

    ... New York. Asia has been a key source of tourism growth to the US. Japan last year was the fourth largest source of visitors to the US after Canada, Mexico and Britain. China, South Korea ... Agence France-Presse in Washington White House chef tours Asia in hope of luring food lovers to visit US Known for his love of fine but healthy food, US President Barack Obama is deploying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1542038/white-house-chef-tours-asia-hope-luring-foodies-united-states
  8. News - Asia - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korea's defence chief apologises for bullying remark about shooting spree

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 11:45pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Defence chief sorry for saying army shooter bullied South Korea's defence minister apologised yesterday to the relatives of victims of a shooting rampage ... bring the truth to light in order not to damage the reputation of the victims," he said. Barrack-room bullying is a sensitive issue in South Korea. Measures have been taken to stamp out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1542063/south-koreas-defence-chief-apologises-bullying-remark-about-shooting-spree
  9. News - Asia - Flight MH370

    Experts say MH370 flew on autopilot then ran out of fuel as search shifts south

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 02:13pm by DANNY LEE

    ... The latest theory on the fate of the plane- which disappeared more than three months ago- came as Australia announced that the underwater search for the jet would shift further south. Deputy Prime ... projected by investigators. Starting in August, the seabed search at depths of up to 5,000 metres will last up to a year. "We are now shifting our attention to an area further south... broadly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1540919/back-square-one-hunt-missing-mh370-returns-original-australian-search-site
  10. Business - Economy

    World Bank warns Asia to be alert against risks from US rate rises

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 01:09am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management forecasts 3.4 per cent. The World Bank expects growth in South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East to "pick up more brusquely". The report ... rise Asia must stay alert, World Bank says East Asian economies have recovered from the global financial crisis and are growing close to potential but governments cannot be complacent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1542084/world-bank-warns-asia-be-alert-against-risks-us-rate-rises

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