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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Stories

Cleaning up public transport in Manila, beginning with jeepneys

Updated 7 July 2014, 15:56 AEST

Manila's iconic jeepneys could soon become a thing of the past.  Electric shuttles will soon replace them as the city's main form of public transport.

UNESCO bid to protect Pacific cultural diversity

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:47 AEST

UNESCO is calling on Pacific nations to sign the 2005 Convention on Cultural Diversity to help protect the hundreds of unique cultures in the region.

Museum director Kong Vireak (left) stands with stone restoration workshop team members Ham Seiha Sarann (centre) and Khom Sreymom.

ASIA REVIEW 5 July 2014

Updated 4 July 2014, 15:01 AEST

This week on Asia Review - Japan's revision of its wartime pacifist constitution raises eyebrows in the region; Drought prediction in the Asia Pacific given a boost by Indian and Chinese satellites; And Cambodia retrieves its stolen cultural heritage.

China and South Korea strike entente cordiale in uncertain times

Updated 4 July 2014, 11:53 AEST

South Korea and China have confirmed their resolve to stop the nuclear ambitions of North Korea.

Can India US relations rise above spying allegations?

Updated 4 July 2014, 11:52 AEST

India is demanding an explanation from the United States over claims the country's secret agency spied on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political party before it came into power.

Chinese and Indian space satellites help region's drought forecasting

Updated 7 July 2014, 12:16 AEST

A United Nations initiative is strengthening drought monitoring and early warning in the Asia Pacific region, with the help of China and India.

Missing ocean plastic waste not necessarily good news

Updated 4 July 2014, 11:51 AEST

Plastic rubbish in the ocean -- it's a topic that just won't go away.

PNG's Gogodala Longhouse symbol of a simpler time

PNG's Gogodala Longhouse symbol of a simpler time

Updated 4 July 2014, 11:50 AEST

Papua New Guinea has been gripped by political intrigue for the past two weeks… ever since an arrest warrant was served on the Prime Minister for corruption.

Former Indonesian Constitutional Court judge jailed for life

Updated 3 July 2014, 14:28 AEST

Anti corruption advocates in Indonesia have welcomed a decision to jail a former top judge of the country's constitutional court to life in prison.

Cambodian Heritage Plundered (Credit: Robert Carmichael, Phnom Penh)

Systematic plundering of Cambodia's cultural heritage

Updated 3 July 2014, 14:35 AEST

New research on Cambodia has shown that since 1970, Cambodia's rich cultural heritage was repeatedly plundered by military and organized crime.

Call for Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo to be investigated

Updated 3 July 2014, 12:39 AEST

The questionable past of the man who might be Indonesia's next President makes him unsuitable for the job according to one of his former superiors in the army.

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.

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