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Liam Cochrane

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Connect Asia brings you news, business reports and analysis on the stories that matter in Asia.

Join Liam Cochrane and the team each morning across Asia on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave.


China's future economy presents 'different' opportunities: Rio Tinto

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:10 AEST

Mining giant Rio Tinto says it expects more volatility in the Chinese market in future.

Indonesian bank governor moves to support currency

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:11 AEST

Indonesia's central bank has unexpectedly raised interest rates for the first time in more than two years.

Early emissions trading scheme will cost $6 billion: opposition

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:18 AEST

Australia's Opposition says the government will have a $6 billion budget shortfall in just one year because of its decision to scrap the carbon tax sooner than originally planned.

Australian PM Kevin Rudd visits PNG

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:19 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Treasurer Chris Bowen are making a brief visit to Papua New Guinea on Monday.

Asylum seekers central to Australian engagement with PNG: observer

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:38 AEST

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is meeting his counterpart in Papua New Guinea today for talks expected to cover trade, policing and immigration.

Commonwealth lawyers call for CHOGM boycott

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:38 AEST

Lawyers from more than 50 countries are calling for Commonwealth nations to boycott this year's Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka.

Report finds deficiencies in Australia's air traffic control system

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:24 AEST

An internal government report by the air safety regulator has found serious deficiencies in the way Australia's air traffic control network is run and managed.

Aus Customs criticised over handling of asylum boat sinking

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:25 AEST

The latest asylum seeker tragedy involving Australia has led to renewed criticism in the country about the response times from customs and border protection Nine people lost their lives near Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, including a baby boy.

Australia falls 14 runs short in first Ashes Test

Updated 15 July 2013, 17:25 AEST

There was a dramatic finish to the first Ashes test with Australia's last pair of Brad Haddin and James Pattinson falling just 14 runs short of an improbable win over England at Trentbridge.

Carr apprehensive about Rohingyas' future in Myanmar

Updated 12 July 2013, 14:23 AEST

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says Australia won't use foreign aid as a bargaining tool with Myanmar, despite being "apprehensive" about the future of the country's minority Rohingya Muslim population.

Media law a 'significant' step backwards for Myanmar

Updated 12 July 2013, 14:24 AEST

Journalists in Myanmar are accusing the government of reneging on a promise to amend the controversial Printing and Publishing Bill which has been approved by Parliament.

Cambodia moves into full election mode

Updated 12 July 2013, 14:24 AEST

Cambodia's ruling party is expected to win comfortably in the July 28 general elections.

Alleged Indonesian people smuggler avoids extradition

Updated 12 July 2013, 14:46 AEST

An Indonesian court has rejected Australia's application to extradite an alleged people smuggler to face 27 charges of people smuggling, because the offence is not listed on Australia's extradition treaty.

Taiwan evacuates tourists as super-typhoon approaches

Updated 12 July 2013, 14:47 AEST

More than 2,000 tourists have been evacuated from Taiwan as it braces for the arrival of super-typhoon Soulik.

Myanmar is 'a long way' from reconciliation: Carr

Updated 12 July 2013, 16:13 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has warned there is a risk outside extremist groups could become involved in sectarian conflict in Myanmar.

China said to be concerned about Australia's foreign investment rules

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:56 AEST

Australia's foreign investment rules have been criticised by China.

Attacks against schools and children increasing: report

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:16 AEST

The Pakistani school student who was shot for speaking out in support of girls' education will address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

India must provide better education opportunities for young: minister

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:14 AEST

About half of India's total population is under the age of 30, making it a country with a distinct demographic advantage.

New Delhi court delays first gang-rape verdict

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:31 AEST

A court in India has postponed its verdict on the first of five suspects who is on trial accused of the fatal gang-rape of a medical student in New Delhi late last year.

Cambodia artefacts from 300AD displayed

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:30 AEST

A new exhibition has opened this week in Cambodia containing archaeological remains that date back to 300 AD.

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