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.


East Timor and China move closer

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:40 AEST

China and East Timor have strengthened their relationship during a week long visit to China by Xanana Gusmao.

South Korea's spy agency faces major overhaul

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:41 AEST

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye says the nation's intelligence agency will be overhauled, after three officials were charged with fabricating evidence in a spying case.

Depth defeats mini-sub search for MH370

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:34 AEST

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 using a mini-sub hit a snag when the ocean depth was confirmed as being deeper than expected.

Calls for action on 'dire' drug resistant TB threat in Asia and the Pacific

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:36 AEST

Medical experts are warning that drug resistant tuberculosis is now such a problem in the Asia Pacific region that it could overwhelm health systems.

Tonga battles first chikungunya outbreak

Updated 16 April 2014, 11:36 AEST

Health authorities in Tonga are hopeful that a major epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus may have peaked.

Vietnam frees dissidents as it eyes US & regional trade deals

Updated 16 April 2014, 12:43 AEST

Vietnam has released two more high-profile dissidents, making a total of four political prisoners freed over the past three weeks.

Myanmar military renews anti-rebel offensive

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:34 AEST

Ethnic Shan and Kachin minorities in Myanmar have been forced to flee their homes in the face of a renewed military offensive against various rebel groups in the border area.

Land rights defenders face growing danger: Global Witness

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:33 AEST

There's been a sharp rise in violence related to the environment and land grabs in the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report.

Samoan PM says debt levels manageable

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:33 AEST

The International Monetary Fund has issued a caution to Samoa saying its debt levels are getting too high.

Oxfam urges Australian retailers to sign up to Bangladesh Accord

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:32 AEST

It was a fire that horrified the world.

Programmers at the Startup Village

Indian tech firm incubator nurses big ambitions

Updated 15 April 2014, 12:31 AEST

A new Indian initiative know as the 'Startup Village' has ambitious plans to create 1,000 technology firms in 10 years.

Artist Wang Xu in front of his artwork, Credit: Red Dose

China art exhibition in Sydney explores influence of time and place

Updated 16 April 2014, 10:43 AEST

As Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a point of saying during his trip to China last week, Australia is interested in more than trade with our large neighbour.

Philippine military, MILF forces combine to combat Abu Sayyaf

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:37 AEST

An offensive is under way in the southern Philippine island of Basilan against the rebel Abu Sayyaf group.

India's BJP adopts pragmatic policy towards China

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:37 AEST

It's been a week since India's Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party released its campaign manifesto.

FT stakes future on unique content

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:37 AEST

The London Financial Times is one of the few western media outlets with a successful online operation in China, despite periodic censorship by Chinese authorities.

Aid distribution ramping up outside Solomon Islands capital

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:38 AEST

The relief effort in Solomon Islands after the recent devastating floods is still facing significant challenges.

UN urges world to intensify efforts to cut emissions

Updated 14 April 2014, 11:38 AEST

The world's leading climate science body has released its second report in two weeks, this time outlining how the planet can avoid dangerous climate change.

ASIA REVIEW 12th April

Updated 11 April 2014, 18:28 AEST

This week on Asia Review - Indonesia's general election throws up a few surprises; Australia strengthens its trade and security relationship with Japan; And a conversation with Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, French virologist and co-discoverer of HIV.

Australian PM continues push to secure China free trade pact

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:40 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister, Tony abbott, is now in Shanghai on the latest stop of his three nation Asian tour.

Parties jostle for coalitions to form next indonesian government

Updated 11 April 2014, 12:39 AEST

In Indonesia, the unofficial winner of Wednesday's general election has begun talks attract coalition partners in order to form the new government.

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