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.


Indonesian President's public relations boost for Bainimarama

Updated 20 June 2014, 11:11 AEST

The second summit of Fiji's "Pacific Island Development Forum" has begun, with guest of honour, Indonesia's President giving the opening address.

US to send 300 military advisors to Iraq

Updated 20 June 2014, 11:12 AEST

The United States is sending up to 300 military advisors to help Iraq stave off the insurgents who've been bearing down on the capital, Baghdad.

Concerns in parliament over Australian immigration bills

Updated 20 June 2014, 11:12 AEST

Australia's Parliamentary Human Rights committee has raised concerns about a series of bills proposed by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

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Criminals prey on Japan's elderly

Updated 20 June 2014, 13:21 AEST

Each day, about thirty elderly people in Japan are being cheated of their live savings.

Afghanistan poll in doubt as Abdullah Abdullah cries foul

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:49 AEST

In Afghanistan, leading presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has demanded an immediate stop to vote-counting, alleging widespread fraud.

Papua New Guinea's political turmoil deepens

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:47 AEST

There's growing political turmoil in Papua New Guinea, as Prime Minister Peter O'Neill continues to fight a warrant for his arrest.

PNG's sacked Attorney General says he wasn't told

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:46 AEST

Another man sacked by Prime Minister O'Neill from the PNG cabinet is Attorney-General Kerenga Kua.

Vietnamese coast guard in action on South China Sea

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:45 AEST

Tensions between China and Vietnam on the South China Sea are continuing to play out, in a territorial dispute that has the potential of spilling over.

China despatches top diplomat to Hanoi amid rising tension

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:45 AEST

Beijing's top diplomat has met with officials in Hanoi in the first high-level talks since Chinese ships clashed with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea.

Australian Government's revamped aid criticised

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:44 AEST

The Australian Government's revamped foreign aid program has come in for some concerted criticism.

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UNESCO reprieve for Great Barrier Reef

Updated 19 June 2014, 13:12 AEST

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has given Australia another 12 month extension before deciding on whether to place the Great Barrier Reef on its 'In Danger' list.

Australia rethinks foreign aid

Updated 18 June 2014, 11:38 AEST

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will today outline a substantial overhaul of Australia's foreign aid programme.

Sri Lanka's weak response to anti-Muslim thuggery

Updated 18 June 2014, 11:31 AEST

There's renewed violence Sri Lanka's south-west, where Buddhist mobs have looted and burned businesses and homes in several Muslim towns.

PNG PM announces inquiry into Paraka corruption scandal

Updated 18 June 2014, 11:31 AEST

Papua New Guinea's political turmoil continued late yesterday, with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill sacking the Attorney-General Kerenga Kua.

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and wife Mary arriving in CBR 150614

Call for Australia to use friendship to encourage a freer Singapore

Updated 19 June 2014, 12:43 AEST

The close ties between Australia and Singapore are clouding the true picture of Singapore's democracy, according to a leading democracy advocate.

Singapore blogger sued by PM finds great public support

Updated 18 June 2014, 11:33 AEST

The Prime Minister of Singapore is suing a jobless blogger for criminal defamation, after he questioned the government's running of the nation's citizen savings body.

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Australian dairy producers' fresh opportunity in China

Updated 18 June 2014, 14:08 AEST

China is the world's biggest importer of dairy products and now Australian dairy producers have a chance of getting an even bigger slice of the pie.

Cambodian worker exodus from Thailand

Updated 17 June 2014, 12:28 AEST

Thailand's government has denied claims its military is pushing out Cambodian migrant workers from Cambodia, amid a crackdown on foreign labour.

Indonesia's presidential hopefuls reveal economic policies

Updated 17 June 2014, 12:27 AEST

Indonesia's presidential candidates have outlined their economic policies during the second televised debate in the campaign.

Dr Jamhari Makruf, Chair of Indonesia’s Taskforce on Islamic Education Reform, and Vice Rector, State Islamic University, Jakarta.

Islamic education in Indonesia embraces progress and change

Updated 17 June 2014, 12:46 AEST

The crisis in Iraq has not escaped the notice of radical Islamists in Indonesia, some of whom voiced support for ISIS online.

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