Connect Asia

Connect Asia

Liam Cochrane

Connect Asia

Connect Asia brings you news, business reports and analysis on the stories that matter in Asia.

Join Liam Cochrane and the team each morning across Asia on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave.

Stories

Stock market reacts to Abe's resignation

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

News of Mr Abe's departure saw the Japanese stockmarket rise but those gains were short-lived with the Nikkei ending the day 80 points, or half a per cent down.

Prime Minister Abe announces resignation

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

In a lengthy resignation speech, Shinzo Abe admitted he could not regain public trust after a series of scandals.

Flood relief not reaching remote areas

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

About 20 million people have been affected and the army has been sent in to assist.

Inflation hits highest rate in a decade

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

The spike in the consumer price index comes as the Chinese economy is continuing to run red hot.

Nuclear weapons a risk in Asia

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

The head of a Australian environmental group says any move to build nuclear power plants in Australia will risk nuclear weapons proliferation in Southeast Asia.

Government should strengthen ties with local Muslims

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

Australia does not face a radicalised Islamism comparable to that in some European countries, but a new Australian strategy paper says the government must build more effective relationships with local Muslim communities to prevent potential homegrown terrorism.

Drought crisis set to worsen

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

The latest analysis of the La Nina weather pattern suggests the soaking rain it was supposed to bring might never come.

Abe's timing for resignation a disaster for LDP

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's resignation could not have come at a worse time as the Liberal Democratic Party looks to push forward its legislative agenda.

Former president Megawati announces re-election bid

13 September 2007, 10:53 AEST

And Megawati Sukarnoputri maintained a low profile since losing the 2004 election, she leads Indonesia's second largest political party, the PDI-P, or Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.

Government under international pressure to restore democracy

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

Pressure is mounting on Burma's military regime to improve on its human rights record and restore democracy, as the United Nations has confirmed that it will send its special envoy to the Southeast Asian nation in October.

Osama bin Laden praises hijakers responsible for S11 attacks

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

The video taped message by Osama bin Laden comes as concerns grow about the possibility of Al Qaeda "sleeper cells" in the United States.

Member countries cautiously endorse Free Trade Area

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

The long term aim to create an Asia Pacific trade bloc would change the nature of the 18-year-old APEC, which was formed as a voluntary, consensus organisation promoting open regionalism.

Party members urge Howard to resign

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

With the pomp and circumstance of APEC out of the way, Australia's prime minister John Howard appears to have stared down a serious attempt by some members of his cabinet to urge him to resign.

Government to tear down cubicle homes

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

China's eastern city of Shanghai is pushing to modernise living standards by knocking down so-called cubicle homes, or "pigeon cages" as they're called by locals.

Security heightened as Estrada verdict looms

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

Manila is under tight security, ahead of a decision by a Philippine anti-corruption court in the trial of former President Joseph Estrada.

Tiger Airways to undergo restructuring

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

Low cost airline Tiger Airways has announced a restructure the company says will help it to expand further throughout Asia.

Changes to privacy laws to be considered

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

The Australian Law Reform Commission is releasing a long list of suggested changes to Australia's Privacy laws.

Military government committed to restoring democracy

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

Thailand's foreign minister says no one wants to see the military in government.

Former king refuses to testify at Khmer Rouge trials

12 September 2007, 10:37 AEST

Cambodia's former king says he'll refuse to testify at the UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal and has requested a meeting with officials on his conduct under the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.

SBY calls for more understanding with Australia

11 September 2007, 10:59 AEST

Indonesia's President says Indonesia and Australia have to deal with mutual suspicions, prejudices and fears about each other.

Contact the studio

Got something to say about what you're hearing on the radio right now?

Text/SMS
Send your texts to +61 427 72 72 72

Tweets
Add the hashtag #raonair to add your tweets to the conversation.

Email
Email us your thoughts on an issue. Messages may be used on air.