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 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.

India's BJP government flexes muscle on social media

Updated 26 June 2014, 11:39 AEST

Free speech champions in India are worried at the police crackdown against people who have posted reportedly 'offensive' material targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thai riot police - Pornchai Kittiwongsakul - AFP

Thailand's military regime shuts down free speech

Updated 26 June 2014, 13:21 AEST

In Thailand, the military regime is continuing its crackdown on dissent a month after it took control of the nation.

Humanitarian crisis builds in Pakistan

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:28 AEST

A humanitarian crisis is brewing in Pakistan's north.

Dr Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu

Civil activities and freedoms curbed, five years after Sri Lanka's civil war

Updated 25 June 2014, 17:35 AEST

An assessment of Sri Lanka, five years after the civil war, says ethnic minorities are no better off and the sources of conflict are still being sustained.

Child labourer - Rupak De Chowdhur - Reuters

Children in rural Vietnam vulnerable to labour recruiters

Updated 25 June 2014, 13:40 AEST

Children in Vietnam as young as eleven are working up to eighteen hours a day, often in harsh and abusive conditions.

Call to clarify land policies ahead of Fiji's elections

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:26 AEST

Fiji goes to the polls in less than three months for its first national elections in eight years.

Cambodian activists waving flags - Tang Chhin Sothy - AFP

Cambodia's democracy space is shrinking: UN rights envoy

Updated 30 June 2014, 16:08 AEST

The UN human rights envoy to Cambodia says the space for democracy has shrunk following a bloody crackdown on protestors earlier this year.

Chinese villagers intrigued by high-profile disappearance

Updated 25 June 2014, 11:25 AEST

A man who was one of the most powerful and feared in China has vanished from public life.

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