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.



Updated 25 April 2014, 13:42 AEST

This week on Asia Review - Australia spends 12 billion dollars on new fighter jets; US President Obama snubs Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar; Bangladesh garment workers struggle, a year after Rana Plaza disaster; And Indian standup comedian Rohan Desai.

The changing meaning of Anzac Day

Updated 25 April 2014, 13:02 AEST

This year marks the 99th anniversary of the famous and ultimately disastrous Gallipoli landing in the first world war by Australian and New Zealand troops of the Anzac Corps.

Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare

Diversity and different threads of Anzac story - media guide

Updated 25 April 2014, 13:28 AEST

There are many different stories in the Anzac heritage - that's the main message of a unique media guide.

New approaches to combating malaria

Updated 25 April 2014, 12:53 AEST

World Malaria Day reminds us of the life threatening disease, that is both preventable and curable.

Indian Election Commission moves to stop rising tide of hate speech

Updated 25 April 2014, 13:22 AEST

Campaigning in India's staggered election has been blighted by increasingly hate-filled rhetoric.

Vietnam celebrates link between broadcasting and development

Updated 25 April 2014, 13:00 AEST

Hundreds of Vietnamese journalists and broadcasters are meeting in the central highlands city of Da Lat for the national radio festival.

Wang Gongxin: Video Artist

The changing face of Chinese art

Updated 25 April 2014, 13:21 AEST

China's art world has changed dramatically in the decades since the end of the Cultural Revolution.

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 25 April 2014, 4:49 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.

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