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S.Korea to scrap military intel-sharing pact

South Korea said on Thursday it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, the latest swipe in an intensifying tit-for-tat trade and diplomatic dispute between the two neighbors.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/22 21:53:43

Japan lodges protest with S. Korea over intelligence-sharing pact decision

The Japanese government on Thursday lodged protest with South Korea over its decision to pull out of an bilateral intelligence-sharing pact, as bilateral relations sour to the lowest point in years.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/22 21:28:00

Premier Li calls for enhancing cooperation with ROK, Japan

China attaches great importance to cooperation with the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan and is ready to make joint efforts to pursue a higher level of trilateral cooperation with its two neighbors, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/22 21:26:05

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua to help curb protests

Indonesia has cut off internet access in eastern Papua to prevent provocative posts online from fueling violence, after protesters torched buildings, a market and a prison over mistreatment of students and perceived ethnic discrimination.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/22 19:43:40

2019 ASEAN-China Fair held in Beijing

The 2019 ASEAN-China Fair was jointly held in Beijing on Wednesday by the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and Beijing People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
Source: Global Times | 2019/8/22 19:41:27

China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting creates opportunities to discuss issues of common concern: Japan FM

The spokesperson of the Japanese Embassy to China Jun Saito said Wednesday that Japan is “very satisfied” with the 9th China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting, and believed that the meeting created opportunities for the three countries to discuss issues, such as economic corporation and Japan-South Korea frictions.
Source: Global Times | 2019/8/22 16:33:40

S.Korea's chip, display panel, machinery to be hit hard by Japan's export curbs

Japan's export curbs would hit South Korea's semiconductor, display panel and machinery industries hard, a central bank report said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/22 16:23:48

Sri Lanka dismisses concerns by foreign entities over army chief's appointment

The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the appointment of Shavendra Silva as the island country's new army chief was a sovereign decision by the head of state and dismissed concerns over the appointment by foreign entities as "unwarranted and unacceptable."
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/22 12:17:15

Threatened species

Indonesian police officers display endangered pangolin scales at a press conference in Banda Aceh on Wednesday. Data shows more than 100,000 pangolins are taken from the wild in Africa and Asia each year, making it the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/21 21:33:41

Yemen's Houthis say shot down US MQ-9 Reaper

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they shot down a MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle over the Yemeni central province of Dhamar on Tuesday night, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/21 19:45:41

Poo capsules help starving koalas back from brink

Scientists in Australia have discovered how to save starving koalas whose fussy eating habits make them vulnerable to habitat loss: by feeding them poo. A team of researchers used fecal transplants in the form of orally ingested capsules to alter the microbes in the marsupials' guts, thus allowing them to eat a wider range of eucalypts.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/21 18:58:41

China warns of new global arms race

China warned Tuesday that the testing of a medium-range cruise missile by the US would start a new "arms race," one day after the US Department of Defense announced that it tested a new ground-based cruise missile which can hit a target after more than 500 kilometers of flight.
Source: Global Times-Agencies | 2019/8/20 21:38:40

Japan allows further exports of high-tech material to South Korea

Japan has approved shipments of a high-tech material to South Korea for the second time since imposing export curbs last month, two sources said, ahead of talks by government officials this week to resolve a dispute stemming from their wartime past.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/20 21:18:40

China defends survey vessel's passage in S.China Sea

Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the country has sovereignty over Nansha Islands and its surrounding waters and enjoys sovereign rights and jurisdiction over relevant waters, and that Chinese vessels operate in waters under Chinese jurisdiction.
Source: Global Times | 2019/8/19 21:33:42

Japan's trade surplus with US soars as they prepare to restart FTA talks

Japan's politically sensitive trade surplus with the United States grew more than 15 percent in July, data showed Monday, as negotiators from the two economic powerhouses prepare to restart talks over a free trade deal.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/19 21:33:40

Malaysian ex-PM Najib's major 1MDB trial postponed for a week

Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak's most significant 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial, which centers on claims that huge sums ended up in his bank account, was postponed Monday for a week after prosecutors said they were not ready.
Source: Reuters | 2019/8/19 19:18:39

Singapore plans for rising seas

Singapore needs at least $72 billion to build defenses against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the impact of climate change.
Source: AFP | 2019/8/19 19:13:39

Over half of Japanese oppose sending SDF to Strait of Hormuz: Kyodo poll

Over half of Japanese people oppose dispatching the Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East for a US-led coalition to help protect the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/8/19 12:56:32