Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Sen Lam

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific brings you news and in-depth coverage of regional issues in Asia and the Pacific.

Join Sen Lam each morning, Monday to Friday, on Radio Australia.


Space on a budget: India's low-cost success story

Updated 1 July 2014, 11:19 AEST

India's Prime Minister has used the launch of a home-grown rocket to endorse the country's space program as the most cost-effective in the world.

Myanmar's poor not benefitting from economic boom

Updated 1 July 2014, 13:14 AEST

After decades of economic paralysis and political repression, Myanmar is opening up to foreign investors and donors.

Former Fiji PM Chaudhry to know political fate next week

Updated 1 July 2014, 11:18 AEST

The future of Fiji Labour leader Mahendra Chaudhry will be determined by the courts next week.

Yangon at night

Landmark Tropics report points to growth and challenges

Updated 1 July 2014, 8:50 AEST

A three-year collaboration on a major study of the Tropics has been launched in Myanmar.

Myanmar advised to exercise caution in opening up banking sector

Updated 30 June 2014, 13:57 AEST

The government of Myanmar has been warned to exercise caution when it comes to opening its banking sector to foreign investment.

India's coast guard knows nothing of reported asylum seeker boat

Updated 30 June 2014, 12:04 AEST

The Australian Government is not revealing if it has intercepted a boat carrying 150 Tamil asylum seekers, which reportedly got into trouble in waters off Christmas Island several days ago.

Activism in exile against military rule in Thailand

Updated 30 June 2014, 12:05 AEST

In Thailand, the new military government is continuing cracking down on dissidents, in what it sees as the first phase of the coup.

Outrage over Facebook's 'social experiment'

Updated 30 June 2014, 12:06 AEST

If you're one of Facebook's more than one-billion users, you might have been part of a social experiment without knowing it.

Australian universities shift focus to China research

Updated 30 June 2014, 12:07 AEST

Australia's universities have long competed with each other to attract international students but now they're vying with each other for foreign research deals.

Fukushima Masanori, from the Heroic stories of the Taiheiki

Asia Review 28th June 2014

Updated 28 June 2014, 11:07 AEST

This week on Asia Review - 'Super-duper' antibodies hold the key to HIV vaccine; China takes part in world's largest naval exercise; A humanitarian crisis looms in Pakistan's North Waziristan; And The Way of the Samurai - Bushido - at Melbourne's NGV.

PEN calls for release of Uighur writer from Xinjiang jail

Updated 1 July 2014, 7:09 AEST

There're renewed calls for Uighur writer Ilham Tohti to be freed from jail in China's far west province of Xinjiang.

Tobacco companies in Indonesia have largely ignored government laws that require pictures or graphics warning about smoking hazards on cigarette packs.

Indonesia's determined push for cigarette warnings

Updated 30 June 2014, 12:21 AEST

Indonesia's Health ministry says it will keep fighting to implement new health warnings for cigarette packaging, despite most tobacco companies failing to comply.

Australian envoy on regional diplomatic challenges with China's rise

Updated 27 June 2014, 16:11 AEST

The world's largest international naval exercise is underway in Hawaii and for the first time China is taking part.

UN Environment Programme to expand Pacific presence

Updated 27 June 2014, 11:28 AEST

The United Nations Environment Programme looks set to get a big boost to its Pacific presence.

Simple pleasures - couple maps Australia's cycling routes

Updated 27 June 2014, 11:28 AEST

Crossing the vastness of Australia from north to south is an intimidating enough task in a car, let alone travelling by bicycle.

Wayne Crothers, curator of Asian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria

Chivalry, tea and poetry - Bushido - Way of the Samurai

Updated 27 June 2014, 13:57 AEST

The 1960s television series, The Samurai captured the imagination of popular culture outside Japan.

Woman taking HIV drugs - Sukree Sukplang - Reuters

'Super-duper' antibody may pave way to HIV vaccine

Updated 26 June 2014, 14:01 AEST

One of Australia's leading authorities on HIV AIDS says huge advancements have taken place in HIV treatment over the past ten years, even though there's still no cure or vaccine.

J.C. Weliamuna, Chairman, Transparency International Sri Lanka.

Independent journalism under threat in Sri Lanka - TISL

Updated 9 July 2014, 13:22 AEST

There're many countries in the region where it's dangerous to be a journalist, but none more so than in investigative reporting.

Australia China FTA by year's end

Updated 26 June 2014, 13:13 AEST

It took nine years of tough negotiations, but it seems Australia and China are ready to sign a much awaited free trade agreement by the end of this year.

UN wants 'Pacific model' of cooperation on tuna fishing

Updated 26 June 2014, 11:39 AEST

The United Nations Development Programme believes the Pacific has got it right on tuna fishing.

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