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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.


Australian PM Kevin Rudd in Indonesia for talks

Updated 5 July 2013, 16:59 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister has big plans to increase trade ties between Australia and Indonesia.

Australian perceived as arrogant, interfering in Indonesia

Updated 5 July 2013, 16:55 AEST

To coincide with Kevin Rudd's visit to Jakarta, readers of the English-language Jakarta Post woke up this morning to a provocative editorial about the relationship between the two countries.

Turning back the boats: how does it work?

Updated 5 July 2013, 17:09 AEST

If Australia's opposition Coalition wins this year's election, it has promised to revive the practice of turning back asylum seeker boats.

Julie Bishop makes diplomatic visit to East Timor

Updated 5 July 2013, 16:59 AEST

Australia's Deputy Opposition Leader and Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop is in East Timor.

North, South Korea to negotiate reopening Kaesong complex

Updated 5 July 2013, 18:50 AEST

North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks about reopening their joint industrial zone in Kaesong which has been closed for more than two months.

Vietnam opens centre for coordinating organ transplants

Updated 5 July 2013, 21:40 AEST

Vietnam's first national centre dedicated to coordinating human organ transplants has opened in Hanoi.

Foreign firms investigated in China for baby formula pricing

Updated 5 July 2013, 21:41 AEST

China has opened an anti-trust investigation into the price of baby milk formula made by foreign companies.

Rudd looks to strengthen Australia-Indonesia trade ties

Updated 5 July 2013, 17:07 AEST

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says bilateral trade will be the focus of his talks with Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta.

Malaysia could learn from Australia's 'smooth' leadership change

Updated 5 July 2013, 17:08 AEST

Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition may have won the general elections in May but it is facing a fight for legitimacy that could slow reforms in the country.

Malaysian screening of Sri Lanka documentary raided

Updated 5 July 2013, 22:28 AEST

The Malaysian police have raided a cinema in Kuala Lumpur during the screening of a documentary on the last days of Sri Lanka's civil war.

Ordinary Indonesians largely uninterested in Australian politics: analyst

Updated 5 July 2013, 17:13 AEST

The popular ABC television discussion program Q&A was broadcast in Jakarta with a mix of prominent Indonesians and Indonesia watchers on the panel.

Melbourne International Film Festival has North Korean flavour

Updated 5 July 2013, 17:14 AEST

The full program of this year's Melbourne International Film Festival has just been unveiled.

Australian PM to hold bilateral talks with Indonesian president

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:38 AEST

Kevin Rudd is leaving for Indonesia on his first trip overseas since taking back the Australian prime ministership.

Australian government monitoring developments in Egypt

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:41 AEST

Egypt's army has removed the country's president and appointed an interim government.

Afghan army chief says Pakistan key to ending war

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:42 AEST

Afghanistan's military chief says Pakistan can end the war in his country if it is genuinely committed to peace.

East Timor's economic growth expected to continue: ADB

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:43 AEST

Barely a decade after achieving independence, East Timor now has the fastest growing economy in the Pacific.

India launches national cheap food scheme

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:43 AEST

The Indian Government has launched a $22 billion welfare scheme to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people.

Indonesian people smuggler back in business

Updated 5 July 2013, 12:44 AEST

A people smuggler called Hasan Ayoub who was released from jail in Australia about four years ago appears to be back in business in Indonesia.

PM, Burke admit mistake on Australian immigration policy

Updated 5 July 2013, 17:19 AEST

As Australia's prime minister prepares to discuss the issue of asylum seekers in Indonesia, he and his immigration minister have admitted mistakes over the government's handling of immigration policy.

Government's 'economic refugee' claims not based on facts: academic

Updated 5 July 2013, 13:40 AEST

Australia's newly reinstated prime minister Kevin Rudd will travel to Indonesia today for annual bilateral talks with the Indonesian president.

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