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.


Australia's Immigration Minister makes surprise visit to Cambodia

Updated 4 April 2014, 13:53 AEST

The second trip to Cambodia by an Australian cabinet minister in two months has raised questions about whether the Abbott Government is planning to send asylum seekers there.

Afghans prepare to head to the polls in landmark election

Updated 4 April 2014, 13:56 AEST

Afghanistan goes to the polls this weekend, marking the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history.

Philippine fishermen fear returning to contested seas

Updated 4 April 2014, 13:54 AEST

The Philippines this week filed supporting documents with an international tribunal at the Hague over its territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.

Concerns mount over Lao dam projects

Updated 4 April 2014, 14:07 AEST

When the leaders of the Mekong River Commission countries meet in Hanoi on Saturday, anti-dam protesters will be urging them to call a halt to the construction of the Xayaburi dam and to put a hold on Laos's plans to build a second dam, the Don Sahong.

Phil Kafcaloudes wraps up a week of broadcasts from Apia

Updated 4 April 2014, 13:54 AEST

Radio Australia's morning show host Phil Kafcaloudes has been broadcasting from Samoa this week - with producers Adelaine Ng and Rick Howe.

Many Indonesian parties deaf to voters' needs

Updated 4 April 2014, 9:38 AEST

Indonesia's 186 million voters have their chance to change the nation next week when they cast their ballot in the general election.

Suicide bomber strikes ahead of Afghan presidential poll

Updated 3 April 2014, 13:52 AEST

Yet another violent attack has marred the lead-up to Saturday's Afghan presidential election.

Nepal denies allegations of Beijing-inspired Tibetan exile crackdown

Updated 3 April 2014, 14:12 AEST

Tibetan refugees living in Nepal face tighter curbs on freedom of expression and assembly, because of pressure from China, says a new report from Human Rights Watch.

Australia insists any FTA with Japan will be in interests of all

Updated 3 April 2014, 13:54 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott leaves this weekend for a major trade mission to South Korea, China and Japan.

PNG set for record economic growth despite widening rich, poor divide

Updated 3 April 2014, 13:16 AEST

Papua New Guinea is expecting unprecedented economic growth next year.

Remote Vanuatu communities feel climate change impact

Updated 3 April 2014, 13:15 AEST

A UN report this week warned of climate change affecting all parts of the globe, and of future food shortages.

Indigenous band B2M renews ancestral links with Indonesia

Updated 3 April 2014, 13:54 AEST

In the 18th and 19th centuries, fishermen from Sulawesi in what is now Indonesia travelled to northern Australia to collect and process trepang, or sea cucumber.

Japan to ease arms export ban

Updated 2 April 2014, 14:46 AEST

Japan will ease a self-imposed ban on arms exports, by introducing new rules governing the arms trade.

Houston on most 'complex, challenging' MH370 search operation

Updated 2 April 2014, 14:46 AEST

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives in Australia on Wednesday to get an update on the search effort for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Australian trade envoys pack their bags for north Asia

Updated 3 April 2014, 17:23 AEST

Australia's largest ever trade delegation is in its final stages of preparation in its bid to sign a "trifecta of trade deals" in North Asia.

Former Pakistan president indicted on treason charges

Updated 2 April 2014, 14:47 AEST

A special court constituted in Pakistan to try former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has indicted him for high treason.

Guam to relax gun laws

Updated 2 April 2014, 14:48 AEST

Guam is moving to relax its gun ownership laws, paving the way for people to be allowed to carry concealed firearms.

Extra: trade union candidates launch Indonesia election bid

Updated 2 April 2014, 15:12 AEST

One of Indonesia's most assertive unions is running a campaign in this year's crucial elections in a bid to gain influence in Parliament.

Humpback Whale

North Pacific whaling unaffected by ICJ ruling, says Japan

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:26 AEST

Japan says its whaling programme in the northern Pacific will continue, despite a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice, banning its larger annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.

Australia plays down impact of ICJ ruling on Japan ties

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:27 AEST

The historic International Court of Justice ruling on Japan's whaling program follows eight months of deliberations, and ends a four-year campaign by Australia.

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