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.


Rana Plaza anniversary sees better work conditions, but more needed

Updated 24 April 2014, 12:09 AEST

On this day last year, in Bangladesh, a garment factory, the Rana Plaza, collapsed near the capital Dhaka, killing more than a thousand people.

Tony Pua, publicity secretary, Democratic Action Party and federal MP for Petaling Jaya Utara, Malaysia

Anwar snub dents Obama's local credibility, says Malaysian opposition

Updated 24 April 2014, 12:15 AEST

Malaysia's opposition says the decision by President Barack Obama not to meet Anwar Ibrahim during his current Asian tour will diminish the American leader's standing in the eyes of Malaysians.

Tony Abbott and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

The slow road back to better relations between Indonesia, Australia

Updated 24 April 2014, 16:53 AEST

Australia's relations with Indonesia have been at a low ebb for months now, blighted by Australia's asylum seeker policies and revelations of spying on Jakarta.

Japanese whaling fleets prepare for North Pacific hunt

Updated 24 April 2014, 12:12 AEST

Japanese whaling fleets are preparing to head out to the north Pacific this weekend - pushing ahead with the hunt despite last month's international court ruling against its whaling program in the Antarctic.

The countdown to Islamic law in Brunei

Updated 24 April 2014, 12:14 AEST

Brunei will officially declare the enforcement of the first phase of the Syariah Penal Code at the end of this month.

Cambodia's draft cybercrime law raises censorship fears

Updated 24 April 2014, 12:15 AEST

Cambodia's parliament is preparing to consider a raft of Bills: among them is a draft Cybercrime Law, whose function will be to regulate the country's often-freewheeling online space.

Joint Strike Fighter - ADF/Lockheed Martin

Australia to spend billions on advanced US fighter jets

Updated 24 April 2014, 15:33 AEST

There's been a mixed reaction to the Australian government's announcement that it will spend $12 billion buying more advanced Joint Strike Fighters from the US.

China seeks war reparations from Japan, seizes ship

Updated 23 April 2014, 11:55 AEST

Japan has lodged a formal protest with China over the impounding of a Japanese ship.

Toxic waste discovered on Okinawa US military sites

Updated 23 April 2014, 11:52 AEST

President Barack Obama of the United States begins his week long tour of Asia on Wednesday in Japan.

South Korea takes on 'big tobacco'

Updated 23 April 2014, 13:49 AEST

South Korea's national health insurer is suing three tobacco firms for compensation.

Pacific fruit pickers

Call for Australia to be more open to Pacific migration

Updated 24 April 2014, 15:40 AEST

There's been a call for the Australian government to create more opportunities for Pacific Islanders to migrate here, as well as for short-period stays through the seasonal labour scheme.

Moyes sacking 'poor form' after calamitous Man Utd season

Updated 23 April 2014, 11:51 AEST

If you needed any proof that international sport is a ruthless place ruled by big business, then witness the fate of David Moyes.

Opposition mourns death of veteran Myanmar journalist, campaigner

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:28 AEST

Myanmar's longest serving political prisoner U Win Tin has died, at the age of 85.

Security to be high on agenda for Obama's Asia tour

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:27 AEST

The United States says Asian countries have been very supportive of the actions taken against Russia because of the precedent that was set by the annexation of Crimea.

Uni students sitting exam (pic: Martin Bureau)

Is China alone in keeping tabs on its students overseas?

Updated 22 April 2014, 15:29 AEST

Australia's Fairfax Media is reporting that China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities.

Everest avalanche

Climbing season under threat after fatal Everest avalanche

Updated 23 April 2014, 16:07 AEST

The funerals have begun in Nepal for the sherpa guides killed in the deadliest recorded avalanche on the world's highest mountain.

Opposition says coalition a possibility after Cook Islands snap vote

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:24 AEST

The opposition in Cook Islands claims the fear of being thrown out of office is what persuaded Prime Minister Henry Puna to seek an early election.

Indian comedian Rohan Desai makes mark in Melbourne

Indian comedian Rohan Desai makes his mark in Melbourne

Updated 22 April 2014, 17:11 AEST

An Indian comedian has described being thrust into the spotlight before 2,000 people at the Melbourne Comedy Festival as the best night of his life.

ISI under suspicion after attack on leading Pakistani journalist

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:22 AEST

Pakistani journalists are demanding better protection from the government after yet another attack on a prominent reporter in the country's largest city, Karachi.

International influence needed to reform Pakistan's military

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:19 AEST

The Geo News channel presenter's brother, Amir Mir, has accused the powerful military intelligence service, the ISI of being responsible for the attack.

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