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.


Australian government MPs call for Japan to move on tariffs

Updated 27 March 2014, 13:57 AEST

The current Australian Government came to power last year promising to lock in free trade agreements with Australia's major Asian trading partners within 12 months.

Extra: Agriculture Committee head discusses Japan FTA prospects

Updated 27 March 2014, 13:57 AEST

After seven years of duelling over tariffs and market access, the negotiations for the Australia/Japan free trade agreement are getting down to the pointy end.

North Korea sets regional nerves on edge with fresh missile test

Updated 27 March 2014, 13:58 AEST

North Korea's test firing of two medium-range missiles into the Sea of Japan has been described as "a troubling and provocative escalation" on the Korean Peninsula.

Tonga's state-owned enterprises set Pacific standard

Updated 27 March 2014, 13:58 AEST

Tonga has received praise from Asian Development Bank for the way it handles the affairs of govenment-owned companies.

MAS chief explains those sms texts to MH370 relatives

Updated 26 March 2014, 15:09 AEST

Anger is mounting in China over Malaysia's handling of the disappearance of flight MH 3-70.

Australian PM prepares for first official North Asia trip

Updated 1 April 2014, 12:15 AEST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sent a rallying cry to Australian business to get more involved in trade with China, Japan and South Korea, countries he will visit soon on his first North Asia tour.

Rising number of bird flu cases in Cambodia under scrutiny

Updated 26 March 2014, 13:34 AEST

Cambodia reported 14 deaths last year from the bird flu strain H5N1.

Stalled PNG Swiss loan plan raises concerns

Updated 26 March 2014, 15:15 AEST

Plans by the Papua New Guinea government to buy back a billion-dollar stake in the oil-and-gas producer Oil Search have been put on hold.

Indonesia's influence on police development in East Timor

Updated 26 March 2014, 13:33 AEST

Fourteen years after its establishment, East Timor's police force is still striving for greater professionalism and effective policing.

Dames and knights re-enter to derision and delight

Updated 26 March 2014, 13:32 AEST

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott's decision to reintroduce the official honours of Knight and Dame for pre-eminent Australians is being mocked by the opposition Labor party and the Republican movement.

Malaysian PM confirms MH370 vanished in southern Indian Ocean

Updated 25 March 2014, 13:33 AEST

The Malaysian Prime Minister has confirmed that missing flight MH 3-70 vanished into the southern Indian Ocean.

Thailand remains in political limbo

Updated 25 March 2014, 13:35 AEST

There are heightened concerns about security in the Thai capital Bangkok as anti-Government protesters prepare another mass rally on the streets this coming weekend.

Thai security advisor says army response not ruled out

Updated 25 March 2014, 13:36 AEST

Anti-government protesters welcomed Friday's Constitutional Court decision nullifying the February polls.

Australian immigration minister denies new asylum seeker allegations

Updated 25 March 2014, 13:37 AEST

An investigation into the Australian government's operation to stop people-smuggling boats, has again raised questions about what happened on a vessel turned back to Indonesia in January.

UNICEF joins relief effort for Cyclone Lusi in Vanuatu

Updated 25 March 2014, 16:18 AEST

It's been three weeks since Tropical Cyclone Lusi hit Vanuatu, leaving 10 dead and a trail destruction.

India's hijras remain on the political edge despite electoral reform

Updated 25 March 2014, 13:34 AEST

For the first time, India's transgender community is to be officially recognised in the country's electoral process.

Kajang tick of approval for Malaysian Opposition

Updated 24 March 2014, 13:53 AEST

Malaysia's opposition Parti Keadilan has won the Kajang by-election as expected, but with a reduced margin.

Lawyer 'shocked & confronted' by conditions on Manus

Updated 24 March 2014, 13:52 AEST

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott's weekend visit to Papua New Guinea coincided with moves by the PNG Government to close down a judicial inquiry into the Australian detention centre on Manus Island.

Tacloban struggles to recover from the devastating impact of Haiyan

Updated 24 March 2014, 13:51 AEST

More than four months after super typhoon Haiyan ripped its way across the central Philippines, people in the worst hit area are trying to return to some kind of normality, but their city is still limping towards recovery.

Teen pregnancies on the rise in Philippines

Updated 24 March 2014, 13:51 AEST

A study in the Philippines has found that the number of teenage girls who have become pregnant has more than doubled in ten years.

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