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China and South Korea Reach a New Trade Agreement

China and South Korea Reach a New Trade Agreement | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Greater access to South Korea's most important export destination is something Seoul simply cannot turn down.
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Unmanned vessel to explore Arctic

Unmanned vessel to explore Arctic | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
The government will launch a project to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of collecting oceanographic data on ice distribution in the Arctic Ocean, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Friday.
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Japan ends pacifist security policy

Japan ends pacifist security policy | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Japan approved its right to fight in overseas wars on Tuesday, overturning its strictly defensive postwar security policy and defying public protests and international concerns over its unabated revisionist push. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an impromptu cabinet meeting to lift the longstanding ban on exercising collective self-defense by reinterpreting its Constitution’s war-renouncing Article 9, which barred...
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Law violators face tough action : Prayuth warns - The Nation

Law violators face tough action : Prayuth warns - The Nation | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Law violators face tough action : Prayuth warns The Nation 'Election when situation is right; reforms in all aspects that are causing conflict'
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N.K. should face ICC over crimes against humanity: U.N. probe

N.K. should face ICC over crimes against humanity: U.N. probe | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
North Korea's leaders should be brought before an international court for a litany of crimes against humanity that inclu...
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Abe to press Putin on resolving N. isles row

Abe to press Putin on resolving N. isles row | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is scheduled to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, said Friday he would continue strenuous efforts to resolve the two countries’ decades-old territorial row over four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.
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10 N-reactor restarts sought by summer

10 N-reactor restarts sought by summer | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
The government aims to restart about 10 of the nation's idle nuclear reactors by this summer, when electricity demand is expected to increase.
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China y Taiwán se reúnen en Nanjing para estrechar lazos

China y Taiwán se reúnen en Nanjing para estrechar lazos | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
La semana pasada -y por vez primera desde el fin de la guerra civil en 1949- los Gobiernos de China y Taiwán iniciaron un diálogo. Acordaron abrir oficinas de representantes "lo antes posible", si bien cuestiones políticas sensibles, como un tratado formal de paz, no fueron discutidos.

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Wang, Zhang discuss possible Ma-Xi meet

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Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) yesterday met his mainland Chinese counterpart, TAO Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), for the second time during his four-day visit in mainland China, with reports indicating that the two discussed a possible meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping.
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No unity government: Suthep - The Nation

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No unity government: Suthep The Nation PDRC leader says there must be no Thaksin people in next govt; backs farmers' protest
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Chinese Economic And Security Aid In Eurasia - Analysis Eurasia Review

Chinese Economic And Security Aid In Eurasia - Analysis Eurasia Review | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
By Benjamin J. Hayford Lagging growth globally has financial analysts concerned. Sequestration and tighter budget controls domestically have virtually ever
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Cumbre histórica entre las dos Chinas

Cumbre histórica entre las dos Chinas | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
China y Taiwán han celebrado la primera cumbre oficial de alto nivel desde que las tropas comunistas de Mao Zedong se impusieron sobre el ejército nacionalista de Chiang Kai-shek e
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Park-Xi summit draws regional powers’ attention

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The summit between the leaders of South Korea and China took the international spotlight Thursday as it proceeded amid growing volatility in a Northeast Asian security landscape beset by geostrategic rivalries and territorial antagonism. The fluid security environment has posed a tough foreign policy challenge to Seoul, which has been striving to deepen its long-standing security alliance with the U.S., strategic par...
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All protesters dispersed by soldiers; PDRC jubilant - The Nation

All protesters dispersed by soldiers; PDRC jubilant - The Nation | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
All protesters dispersed by soldiers; PDRC jubilant The Nation Gunshots heard on Aksa road as red shirts, PDRC told to go home
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Law allows for armed SDF rescues

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The government has started a study on new legislation concerning the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces personnel to rescue Japanese citizens overseas, aiming to allow them to use weapons in perilous situations such as a hostage crisis involving armed groups or rescue operations in a country in a state of anarchy. A bill will be submitted to either revise the existing SDF law or create a new measure at an extraordinary Diet session to be convened in autumn.
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No agreement reached at inter-Korean dialogue

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The two Koreas failed to reach an agreement during their first high-level talks in seven years on Wednesday due to diffe...
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Alert over rice rally - The Nation

Alert over rice rally - The Nation | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Alert over rice rally The Nation NSC fears violence as more farmers team up with PDRC protesters
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Petition on poll rejected - The Nation

Petition on poll rejected - The Nation | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Petition on poll rejected The Nation Constitutional Court does not see merit in Democrat plea against February 2 election
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Kerry urges Korea, Japan to mend ties

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged South Korea and Japan to work to overcome historical animosities an...
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U.S. urges both sides to better Tokyo-Seoul relations

U.S. urges both sides to better Tokyo-Seoul relations | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Aiming to help improve the ice-cold relations between Tokyo and Seoul, U.S. President Barack Obama abruptly added a visit to South Korea to his Asian tour scheduled for April.
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China Pursues New Central Asian Gas Route - Analysis Eurasia Review

China Pursues New Central Asian Gas Route - Analysis Eurasia Review | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
By Michael Lelyveld China appears to be buying an expensive insurance policy for natural gas imports from Central Asia with its plans to build a pipeline t
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China and Taiwan hold historic talks - The Times of India

China and Taiwan hold historic talks - The Times of India | Asia-Pacific developments | Scoop.it
Taipei's Wang Yu-chi, who oversees the island's China policy, met his Beijing counterpart Zhang Zhijun in Nanjing on the first day of a four-day trip.
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