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.


Australia to spend billions on advanced US fighters

Updated 23 April 2014, 11:53 AEST

There's been a mixed reaction to the Australian government's announcement that it's going to spend 12 billion dollars 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.

Call for Australia to be more open to Pacific migration

Updated 23 April 2014, 11:51 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.

US President's Asian visit closely watched in Beijing

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:34 AEST

US President Barack Obama will be in Asia this week visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

MAS: Decision soon on boosting submarine search capability

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:36 AEST

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has reached a crossroad.

image -Mataniko river burst its banks destroying lives and property - Solomon Islands

Food garden recovery new focus of Solomons' flood relief

Updated 22 April 2014, 12:53 AEST

Schools are due to reopen on Tuesday in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

Tell-all books put India's Congress Party on election defensive

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:37 AEST

As India's multi-phase election continues unabated, two books written by government insiders have been causing a political and media stir.

ASIA REVIEW 18th April

17 April 2014, 14:43 AEST

This week on Asia Review - China strikes a new friendship with East Timor; Tiger of Jelutong - Malaysia mourns the passing of politician and rights lawyer Karpal Singh; Australia's Tamil diaspora fights terrorist label; And India's BJP courts the Middle Kingdom.  

Fears death toll will rise in South Korean ferry sinking

Updated 17 April 2014, 12:23 AEST

Divers have resumed the search for almost 300 people -- many of them teenage children -- still missing after a ferry sank off the South Korean coast.

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