Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific program with Sen Lam was broadcast for the final time on August 15,  2014.  Enjoy our content archive.


Rights group calls on Myanmar to free Rohingya activist

Updated 6 August 2014, 17:20 AEST

A court in Myanmar's Rakhine state has extended the detention of Rohingya human rights activist Kyaw Hla Aung.

New Chinese missile should prompt Australia into action

Updated 6 August 2014, 17:22 AEST

China has said it's developing a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States.

Leading biologist calls on big conservation to back local PNG scientis

Updated 6 August 2014, 11:47 AEST

One of the world's leading experts on Papua New Guinea's tropical biology says international environment organisations should focus on training local scientists in developing countries, to run conservation programs themselves.

China steps up rescue effort in quake-hit Yunnan

Updated 5 August 2014, 11:15 AEST

China is ramping up its rescue and relief effort in the earthquake-hit southwest province of Yunnan, sending in thousands of members of the security forces to help local rescuers.

Indian officials still seeking access to Nauru detainees

Updated 5 August 2014, 11:14 AEST

Action in the Australian High Court could still determine the fate of 157 asylum-seekers picked up in the Indian Ocean and held by Australia on the high seas for three weeks.

Stalled Afghan election audit resumes

Updated 5 August 2014, 11:15 AEST

After a third suspension, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has begun an audit of the contested presidential votes.

Call for mine waste law reform in PNG

Updated 6 August 2014, 7:42 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Constitutional and Law Reform Commission has called for an end to the dumping of mine waste in the country's rivers.

Mike Chinoy

Assignment China - Foreign reporting then and now

Updated 6 August 2014, 7:52 AEST

Twenty-five years since China's crackdown on pro-democracy students in Tiananmen Square, its approach to media, both domestic and foreign, has changed drastically.

Hobbit human

Down Syndrome explains 'Hobbit human' species, says scientist

Updated 5 August 2014, 11:41 AEST

Officially, they called it a new, much smaller species of human:Unoffficially, it became known as the Hobbit.

Sri Lankan asylum seekers 'trained to drive orange lifeboats'

Updated 4 August 2014, 11:45 AEST

They were held at sea for almost a month.

The Indian PM addressing Nepal's Constituent Assembly

Indian PM in bid to counter growing Chinese influence in Nepal

Updated 4 August 2014, 13:12 AEST

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Nepal on a two day official visit - the first time an Indian leader has done so, in seventeen years.

Japan steps up to help Vietnam in maritime row with China

Updated 4 August 2014, 14:30 AEST

Japan is giving Vietnam six patrol boats to help protect its maritime borders.

Chinese authorities kill, capture alleged killers of state-backed imam

Updated 4 August 2014, 13:21 AEST

Religious leaders in China's troubled western province of Xinjiang have condemned the murder of a prominent state-backed imam.

India scuppers international trade pact

Updated 4 August 2014, 13:23 AEST

After almost 20 years of difficult negotiations, the only major agreement by the World Trade Organisation has failed to eventuate.

New head of Pacific Islands Forum secretariat speaks out

Updated 4 August 2014, 11:47 AEST

The incoming Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, says she will be taking a more consultative approach to the job.


ASIA REVIEW 2 August 2014

Updated 1 August 2014, 15:08 AEST

This week on Asia Review: The Philippines get their nationals out of Libya; UN concerns over Myanmar's backtracking on reforms; India's juvenile justice system under review; And the maritime odyssey of the green sea-turtle.

Manila under fire over Libya evacuation

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:58 AEST

Governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from Libya after an upsurge of violence among rival militias.

UN envoy calls for greater freedom of worship in Vietnam

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:58 AEST

The United Nations special envoy on religious freedom has called on Vietnam to allow all religious communities to operate outside officially established channels.

Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders under way in Phnom Penh

Updated 1 August 2014, 12:28 AEST

A second United Nations-backed genocide trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders has begun in Cambodia.

China seals currency swap deal with cash-strapped Argentina

Updated 1 August 2014, 13:08 AEST

China is strengthening financial ties with Argentina as Buenos Aires grapples with its second default in just over a decade following an adverse ruling by the US Supreme Court.

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