China Asia

Latest news and analysis on diplomacy between Asian governments including China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Coverage of ASEAN summits.  
South China Morning Post
  1. Top intelligence officers from India and Pakistan held secret talks in Dubai in January in a new effort to calm military tension over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, according to people with knowledge of the matter.Ties between the nuclear-armed rivals have been on ice since a suicide bombing of an Indian military convoy in Kashmir in 2019 traced to Pakistan-based militants that led to India sending warplanes to Pakistan.Later that year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew…
  2. France, India and Australia have indicated they are jointly planning to step up their presence in the Indo-Pacific, modelling their closer cooperation after the Quad’s efforts in areas such as maritime security, according to comments made by their foreign ministers at the annual Raisina Dialogue.The three ministers were speaking on Wednesday in a virtual discussion at the conference – which was organised this year by the Indian foreign ministry and the New Delhi-based Observer Research…
  3. South Korea is expected to be increasingly torn between the United States and China over the issue of microprocessors, as its chip-making powerhouses closely watch Washington’s move to increase domestic chip production in response to a global shortage.The US still leads the world in chip design, but it has largely ceded the manufacturing of semiconductors - vital to products from smartphones to cars and trucks - to companies in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and mainland China.But US President Joe…
  4. Lee JH didn’t have to think twice before signing a petition objecting to the construction of a tourist-focused “Chinatown” in South Korea’s eastern Gangwon province. The 29-year-old illustrator in Bucheon, about 20km outside Seoul, distrusts China following repeated controversies involving Chinese claims of ownership to Korean culture, and fears that the so-called Korea-China Culture Town, which is being developed with the support of Beijing mouthpiece People’s Daily, will lead to an influx of…
  5. The Philippines on Tuesday said it had summoned Beijing’s top envoy in Manila to press for Chinese ships to immediately leave the Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea, describing the escalating row as a “source of regional tension”.Officials from the two countries have traded acrimonious remarks since some 200 Chinese vessels, including some believed to be maritime militia, moored around the reef in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last month, an incident Beijing insists was…
  6. Tensions continue to simmer along the disputed border between India and China after the latest round of talks ended with no sign of progress.The latest negotiations between the two militaries took place at the Mordor/Chushule meeting point on the Indian side on Saturday and, unlike previous rounds of talks, ended without a joint statement playing up the prospect of disengagement.Chinese diplomatic observers said this is an indication that the latest talks did not make much progress, and both…
  7. “Don’t force us to choose” has been a common refrain in Southeast Asia as Washington and Beijing clash over trade, technology and the South China Sea. But to political science professor Khong Yuen Foong, the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have already largely aligned themselves with either China or the United States.Khong, vice dean for research and development at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said at a recent webinar that Cambodia and…
  8. Australia has seemingly moved towards “less combative” interactions with China, despite ongoing tensions and alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his cabinet expressed a desire for a “positive” and productive relationship.There has been no ministerial-level contact between the two governments for the past year after a fallout that started over calls for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and spiralled into a broad trade conflict. But…
  9. When Australian artist Luke Cornish launched his latest exhibition “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” in Canberra last month, he billed the collection of 54 stencil works as a commentary on authoritarianism, protest and injustice in countries including the United States, China and Australia.But it was the works that focused on China that incited a backlash, resulting in three of the six related to the country being removed.These were an image of a 10-yuan banknote showing former Chinese leader Mao…
  10. China and Japan have decades of experience in managing their regular diplomatic crises, but escalating tensions over Taiwan and territorial disputes in the East China Sea are creating a new test for Asia’s most powerful giants.Last month’s agreement between US and Japanese defence ministers to single out China as a common threat – and the earlier face-off in Alaska between senior Chinese and US diplomats – indicated rising US-China tensions were pushing Japan to side with the US because of its…