Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, President of the Philippines, at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January. He will soon be in Japan on a trip aimed at further strengthening the two nations’ relationship. Photo: AP

Philippines’ Marcos Jnr to meet Japan’s Kishida in 5-day Tokyo trip

Two nations keen to work together but analysts say they may have slightly different priorities, with Manila keener on aid and economic assistance. Both want to counter China’s expansionist policies in South China Sea.

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exclusive | Australian prime minister ‘anticipating’ Beijing trip this year as talks resume

Australian trade minister Don Farrell will meet with Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao next week, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese then ‘anticipating to visit Beijing’ later this year, according to sources.

Australian trade minister Don Farrell will meet with Chinese counterpart Wang Wentao next week, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese then ‘anticipating to visit Beijing’ later this year, according to sources.

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China, Australia trade ministers to meet next week ‘to start the ball rolling’

Australia’s trade minister, Don Farrell, told broadcaster ABC in an interview on Tuesday that he will meet China’s Wang Wentao virtual meeting next week.

Australia’s trade minister, Don Farrell, told broadcaster ABC in an interview on Tuesday that he will meet China’s Wang Wentao virtual meeting next week.

31 Jan 2023 - 4:50PM

As India asserts itself, Kashmir to see ‘crucial, unpredictable’ few years

Political stakes in the long disputed region have been higher than ever since 2019 when New Delhi revoked autonomy to the half of Kashmir it administers.

Political stakes in the long disputed region have been higher than ever since 2019 when New Delhi revoked autonomy to the half of Kashmir it administers.

29 Jan 2023 - 2:00PM

As China and Bhutan wind down border feud, alarm bells ring in India

China’s talks with Bhutan prompted India to send its foreign secretary over for meetings with the kingdom’s leaders.

China’s talks with Bhutan prompted India to send its foreign secretary over for meetings with the kingdom’s leaders.

25 Jan 2023 - 6:29PM

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A Nato flag flies at the transatlantic security alliance’s headquarters in Belgium. Photo: Reuters

Nato cements ties with South Korea, Japan as security challenges mount

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg’s visits to Seoul and Tokyo next week reflect the greater emphases the transatlantic partnership is putting on East Asia, an analyst said.

25 Jan 2023 - 12:00PM

US and Taiwan poised to sign a ‘rather symbolic’ trade deal

After second round of in-person talks, Taiwan flags ‘possibility of signing early-harvest deals’ on various goods, but analysts question what it could actually get out of a comprehensive pact with Washington.

After second round of in-person talks, Taiwan flags ‘possibility of signing early-harvest deals’ on various goods, but analysts question what it could actually get out of a comprehensive pact with Washington.

18 Jan 2023 - 12:18AM

South Korea’s Yoon ruffles feathers by calling Iran the ‘biggest threat’ to UAE

The South Korean leader is again in hot water for a gaffe that critics say could send the wrong message that the nation saw Iran as a potential enemy.

The South Korean leader is again in hot water for a gaffe that critics say could send the wrong message that the nation saw Iran as a potential enemy.

17 Jan 2023 - 5:17PM

Can Tokyo and Seoul resolve wartime labour issue as China concerns grow?

Japan has kept out of the domestic debate in South Korea but is keen to strengthen defence ties with Seoul given regional security concerns over China and North Korea.

Japan has kept out of the domestic debate in South Korea but is keen to strengthen defence ties with Seoul given regional security concerns over China and North Korea.

17 Jan 2023 - 8:38AM

South Korea’s Yoon welcomed in UAE, hopes to increase arms sales

‘The atmosphere is extremely ripe for security or military cooperation between South Korea and the UAE involving the arms industry’, a presidency official has been quoted as saying.

‘The atmosphere is extremely ripe for security or military cooperation between South Korea and the UAE involving the arms industry’, a presidency official has been quoted as saying.

15 Jan 2023 - 10:15PM

China and India navies vie for influence in Indian Ocean amid border tensions

Over the last few weeks, Beijing has sent naval surveillance ships to the Indian Ocean in efforts to expand its influence in the region, while India has recently increased its naval spending.

Over the last few weeks, Beijing has sent naval surveillance ships to the Indian Ocean in efforts to expand its influence in the region, while India has recently increased its naval spending.

15 Jan 2023 - 12:00PM

US talks with allies will yield no immediate chip-tool curb on China

The Biden administration in October published a sweeping set of export controls, but it has not yet convinced key allies to put in place similar curbs.

The Biden administration in October published a sweeping set of export controls, but it has not yet convinced key allies to put in place similar curbs.

13 Jan 2023 - 10:38AM

Was China the focus of Japan PM Kishida’s whirlwind G7 ‘summit diplomacy’ tour?

The ‘emerging possibility’ of a Taiwan invasion and Russia’s nearly year-old war in Ukraine likely had the Japanese prime minister pressing for the wealthy club of nations to present a united front, analysts say.

The ‘emerging possibility’ of a Taiwan invasion and Russia’s nearly year-old war in Ukraine likely had the Japanese prime minister pressing for the wealthy club of nations to present a united front, analysts say.

13 Jan 2023 - 8:00AM

China allowing Australian lobsters ‘next step’ after envoy visit, coal reports

China’s envoy at its consulate in Perth visited the world’s largest exporter of Australian rock lobsters after reports an unofficial ban on coal will be lifted amid an easing of tensions between Canberra and Beijing.

China’s envoy at its consulate in Perth visited the world’s largest exporter of Australian rock lobsters after reports an unofficial ban on coal will be lifted amid an easing of tensions between Canberra and Beijing.

13 Jan 2023 - 6:07PM

China ‘sending a signal’ to Indonesia with large coastguard ships near island

Experts say that China’s deployment of its largest coastguard vessel to patrol Indonesia’s Natuna Islands was likely a ‘signal to both Indonesia and Vietnam’ as they finalised talks to delimit their exclusive economic zones in the South China Sea.

Experts say that China’s deployment of its largest coastguard vessel to patrol Indonesia’s Natuna Islands was likely a ‘signal to both Indonesia and Vietnam’ as they finalised talks to delimit their exclusive economic zones in the South China Sea.

12 Jan 2023 - 2:08PM

US ‘uncomfortable’ with losing world dominance: Singapore’s George Yeo

Singapore’s former foreign minister George Yeo said the US and the West are ‘uncomfortable’ with the idea of a multipolar world given their long dominance, but they should not resist it.

Singapore’s former foreign minister George Yeo said the US and the West are ‘uncomfortable’ with the idea of a multipolar world given their long dominance, but they should not resist it.

10 Jan 2023 - 9:27PM

Malaysia to ‘fight palm oil discrimination’ with Indonesia

Widodo, Anwar to boost cooperation in palm oil market after EU plans to phase out imports of the commodity over deforestation fears.

Widodo, Anwar to boost cooperation in palm oil market after EU plans to phase out imports of the commodity over deforestation fears.

9 Jan 2023 - 7:41PM

Will Tibetans’ ‘middle way’ approach to China ties keep peace in the region?

The Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’– not going to extremes – does not demand independence from Chinese rule but urges a high degree of autonomy. Beijing considers the spiritual leader to be a separatist.

The Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’– not going to extremes – does not demand independence from Chinese rule but urges a high degree of autonomy. Beijing considers the spiritual leader to be a separatist.

9 Jan 2023 - 6:50PM

China-Japan ties: past the point of no return amid Tokyo’s military build-up?

China undoubtedly sees hostility in Japan’s plans to massively boost defence spending, say analysts, warning ‘a reciprocal quid pro quo’ may be required for the two to maintain a ‘mutually beneficial yet awkward relationship’.

China undoubtedly sees hostility in Japan’s plans to massively boost defence spending, say analysts, warning ‘a reciprocal quid pro quo’ may be required for the two to maintain a ‘mutually beneficial yet awkward relationship’.

8 Jan 2023 - 6:01PM

Taipei asks to join WTO hearings on Beijing’s complaint against US chip controls

Taiwan has formally applied to join the WTO hearings on Beijing’s complaint against the US to understand how it could affect the global semiconductor supply chain.

Taiwan has formally applied to join the WTO hearings on Beijing’s complaint against the US to understand how it could affect the global semiconductor supply chain.

6 Jan 2023 - 11:35PM