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Leaders from around Asia-Pacific condemn Russia's war on Ukraine, renew calls for open trade
World

Leaders from around Asia-Pacific condemn Russia's war on Ukraine, renew calls for open trade

Host Thailand garnered a diplomatic coup in managing to bridge divisions among the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum by saying that most members had condemned the war

Asia Pacific at risk from global financial tightening, slowdown in China: IMF
Business

Asia Pacific at risk from global financial tightening, slowdown in China: IMF

The IMF has identified three main risks to the region -- global financial tightening, Ukraine-Russia war, which has raised commodity prices, but has also slowed external demand, particularly from Europe and the slowdown in China

US to enhance Taiwan trade, conduct air, sea transits, says White House amid China's intimidation
World

US to enhance Taiwan trade, conduct air, sea transits, says White House amid China's intimidation

A new trade plan will be uncovered in a few days, while US forces will transit the Taiwan Strait in the next few weeks. Pelosi's visit was "consistent" with Washington's existing policy and China has "overreacted," said Kurt Campbell, White House coordinator for Asia-Pacific

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirms Asia-Pacific tour, silent on Taiwan
World

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirms Asia-Pacific tour, silent on Taiwan

US-China tensions had heightened over reports that Pelosi may visit the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which China sees as part of its territory to be reunited by force if necessary

China accuses United States of trying to 'hijack' support of countries in Asia-Pacific
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China accuses United States of trying to 'hijack' support of countries in Asia-Pacific

China's defense minister General Wei Fenghe said China's 'greatest wish' was 'peaceful reunification' with Taiwan, but also made clear Beijing was willing to do whatever it took to realize its goals

Air travel picks up in India; curbs and border measures hold back recovery of Asia Pacific tourism industry
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Air travel picks up in India; curbs and border measures hold back recovery of Asia Pacific tourism industry

With respect to reopening the skies to travel, India is ahead of Asia-Pacific countries. The difference is glaring when compared to China and Japan, two large Asian domestic markets

APAC, Middle East aviation industry recovers as domestic passenger traffic gathers pace
India

APAC, Middle East aviation industry recovers as domestic passenger traffic gathers pace

The industry showed encouraging signs of recovery in the first quarter of 2022 capacity was rebuilding in many parts of Asia Pacific and the Middle East

In Myanmar, the fate of major Indian projects hangs in balance
India

In Myanmar, the fate of major Indian projects hangs in balance

These projects are regarded as vital components of India’s Act East Policy aimed at forging closer ties with the Asia-Pacific region

Philippines redeploys two supply boats in South China Sea after face off with China
World

Philippines redeploys two supply boats in South China Sea after face off with China

This comes after two Chinese coast guard ships blocked two Filipino boats on Tuesday and a third coast guard ship sprayed high-pressure streams of water on the boats

Myanmar crisis: Thousands misplaced in country's northwest, many flee to India
World

Myanmar crisis: Thousands misplaced in country's northwest, many flee to India

The UN has called for parties to the conflict to protect civilians and humanitarians and reiterated that aid workers and their properties should never be a target

At East Asia Summit, Narendra Modi reaffirms India's focus on a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific
India

At East Asia Summit, Narendra Modi reaffirms India's focus on a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific

India remains committed to strengthening respect for shared values of multilateralism, rules-based international order, international law and sovereignty and territorial integrity, said the prime minister at 16th East Asia Summit hosted by Brunei

Samsung vice-chairman fined 70 million won for anaesthetic drug use
World

Samsung vice-chairman fined 70 million won for anaesthetic drug use

Lee Jae-yong was found guilty of having repeatedly taken the anaesthetic propofol at a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul dozens of times over several years

ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after bloc excludes junta chief from meet
World

ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after bloc excludes junta chief from meet

Myanmar’s refusal to let a special envoy meet ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi prompted the group to exclude junta chief Min Aung Hlaing from this week's summit

After supermarket stabbing, New Zealand criminalises terror plotting
World

After supermarket stabbing, New Zealand criminalises terror plotting

Critics are worried that some experts have characterised the new offense as a “thought crime”

North Korea continues to expand nuclear arsenal, tests new hypersonic missile
World

North Korea continues to expand nuclear arsenal, tests new hypersonic missile

The announcement comes a day after South Korean and Japanese militaries said they detected North Korea firing a missile into its eastern sea

Australia dismisses France's accusations, says concerns over submarine deal 'raised some months ago'
World

Australia dismisses France's accusations, says concerns over submarine deal 'raised some months ago'

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the capability being delivered by France's Attack Class submarine was not going to meet their strategic interests

Submarine deal row: France accuses Australia, US of lying and duplicity
World

Submarine deal row: France accuses Australia, US of lying and duplicity

The move comes after Australia's decision to break a 2016 deal for French submarines in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels

Australia cuts international arrival by half as Scott Morrison unveils new COVID-19 strategy
World

Australia cuts international arrival by half as Scott Morrison unveils new COVID-19 strategy

Under the current 'zero COVID' plan, 6,000 people are allowed to enter the country on overseas commercial flights each week

India reports over 30,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours for first time; testing measures ensuring early detection, says govt
India

India reports over 30,000 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours for first time; testing measures ensuring early detection, says govt

The Centre said the actual caseload of COVID-19 has remained limited and manageable in India due to proactive containment measures even as nationwide tally rose to 9,68,876 on Thursday

COVID-19 impact: Air passenger number collapses in Asia Pacific, decline in cargo markets deepens on weak demand
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COVID-19 impact: Air passenger number collapses in Asia Pacific, decline in cargo markets deepens on weak demand

The rapid spread of COVID-19 resulting in border closures and travel restrictions across the world forced an almost complete shutdown of international airline operations.