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.

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No word from vessel carrying 153 Tamil asylum-seekers

Updated 3 July 2014, 12:39 AEST

Community leaders in South India say the families of the Tamils believed to be on a boat bound for Australia are concerned about the lack of information about their whereabouts.

Are asylum-seekers under pressure to return home voluntarily?

Updated 3 July 2014, 12:38 AEST

The head of Human Rights Watch in Australia is concerned about the increasing pressure being put on asylum seekers to voluntarily return home.

Sacked PNG anti-corruption chair applauds court decision

Updated 3 July 2014, 12:38 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, the sacked chairman of the now disbanded anti-corruption TaskForce Sweep, Sam Koim has welcomed the court decision upholding an arrest warrant against the prime minister.

UNEP's new environment monitoring project

Updated 3 July 2014, 12:37 AEST

Twelve Pacific nations are set to benefit from a new environmental monitoring and evaluation project.

Japan Cabinet approves change to pacifist constitution

Updated 2 July 2014, 13:40 AEST

The Japanese Cabinet has approved a change to the country's pacifist constitution allowing the military to fight overseas.

China questions Japan's revision of pacifist constitution

Updated 2 July 2014, 13:48 AEST

Regional tensions were dialled up a notch last night when the Japanese government lifted the ban on its military forces fighting overseas.

Ongoing rights concerns in Myanmar, as engagement continues

Updated 2 July 2014, 13:47 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister arrives in Myanmar today for her first official visit to a state that was shunned by the international community for decades.

Outrage over marketing of domestic workers in Singapore mall

Updated 2 July 2014, 14:01 AEST

The Philippines is investigating claims that domestic workers are being put on display in Singapore shopping malls.

Sri Lankan Muslims' concerns over violence during Ramadan

Updated 2 July 2014, 13:43 AEST

A hard line Sri Lankan Buddhist group is seeking an explanation from the United States after the visa of the group's leader was cancelled.

Sri Lanka says no plans to intercept Tamil asylum seekers

Updated 2 July 2014, 13:43 AEST

The Sri Lankan armed forces say they have no plans to receive a boatload of Tamil asylum seekers believed to have been heading to Australia.

'Occupy Central' leads Hong Kong campaign for universal suffrage

Updated 1 July 2014, 13:04 AEST

Hong Kong authorities are bracing for the city's largest protest in ten years, on the 14th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.

Indonesia's Presidency likely to be a close race

Updated 1 July 2014, 11:20 AEST

With just a week to go before Indonesians vote for a new President, the two candidates are now neck and neck.

Indonesia braces for severe fire season

Updated 1 July 2014, 13:04 AEST

Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are bracing for heavy air pollution, amid warnings of a severe fire season.

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.

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