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Liam Cochrane

Connect Asia

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.

Stories

Investment regulation proposals hit stock market

19 October 2007, 9:56 AEST

In India, proposals to regulate foreign share investments sent the stock market plunging this week.

China, Taiwan vie for influence at key summit

19 October 2007, 9:56 AEST

The South Pacific has increasingly been one of the key arenas for the global diplomatic contest between Beijing and Taipei.

Darwin readies for world solar-powered car race

19 October 2007, 9:56 AEST

It's the hottest race on earth and it starts in Darwin this weekend - the World Solar Challenge, for cars powered only by sunshine.

Tax cut promises draw IMF warning

18 October 2007, 9:25 AEST

With another five weeks of election campaigning to go here in Australia, both Prime Minister John Howard and the main Labor opposition leader Kevin Rudd will be expected to offer economic sweeteners to voters.

US-India nuclear deal threatens uranium sales

18 October 2007, 9:25 AEST

Australia says if the US-India nuclear deal collapses, then Australia won't go ahead with sales of uranium to India.

Nuclear deal with US hangs in balance

18 October 2007, 9:25 AEST

The fate of a long-awaited nuclear deal between the United States and India hangs in the balance.

Former PM Bhutto expected to return home

18 October 2007, 9:25 AEST

Supporters of the opposition leader and former Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, are planning a massive homecoming for her, when she returns from eight years in exile later today.

Hanoi gets non-permanent UN Security Council seat

18 October 2007, 9:25 AEST

Vietnam has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, with its two-year term to start in January.

All-female political party launched

18 October 2007, 9:24 AEST

India has a new political party, entirely comprised of women.

Country prepares to build its biggest dam

18 October 2007, 9:24 AEST

To Vietnam, where tens of thousands of people in the north-western region of Son La are being moved, to make way for the construction of the country's largest hydro-electric dam.

Foreign troops needed for at least five more years

18 October 2007, 9:24 AEST

In December this year, Hamid Karzai will mark three years as Afghanistan's first elected president.

International Red Cross seeks access to detainees

17 October 2007, 12:45 AEST

The International Red Cross is trying to gain access to thousands of people rounded up during Burma's pro-democracy crackdown.

What can be done to fight environmental damage

17 October 2007, 12:45 AEST

A key issue confronting delegates to the 17th Communist Party Congress underway in China this week, is just how to reconcile the nation's extraordinary economic growth with its alarming damage to the environment.

Proposal to use NKorean model to defuse crisis

17 October 2007, 9:28 AEST

The Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has suggested the United Nations could try defusing the Burmese crisis by holding multi-party talks modelled on the North Korean nuclear disarmament process.

US chief negotiator says 'end in sight' for crisis

17 October 2007, 9:28 AEST

The United States says the finish line is in sight for the regional crisis provoked by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Four top human rights activists quit panel

17 October 2007, 9:27 AEST

Sri Lanka's reputation on human rights is in disarray, after four members of a government rights panel quit in disgust.

Disease threatens banana industry

17 October 2007, 9:27 AEST

Nineteen months ago Australia's banana industry was in crisis, after Cyclone Larry hit the northern state of Queensland, devastating crops.

Move to phase out accident-prone buses

17 October 2007, 9:27 AEST

Privately owned buses in the Indian capital New Delhi are back on the roads after a one-day strike, in protest at stepped-up police checks on drivers and vehicles.

Region braces as oil prices hit fresh highs

17 October 2007, 9:27 AEST

Record oil prices are being recorded in New York and Asian as tensions in the Middle East continue.

Beijing angry over US award to Dalai Lama

17 October 2007, 9:27 AEST

Delegates at China's Communist Party Congress underway in Beijing, have launched an attack on US President George Bush for meeting Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

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