Asia-Pacific

  • Donald Trump Nov 7, 2019

    China Says Beijing, US to Lift Tariff Hikes as Talks Advance

    The prospects for a preliminary breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war improved Thursday after the two sides agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other’s goods, though the full extent of the rollback wasn’t clear. A Chinese spokesman announced the development Thursday as talks on ending the trade war progressed, and it triggered a rally in U.S. stock markets....

  • China Nov 3, 2019

    Attacker Stabs Several, Bites Man’s Ear as Hong Kong Boils

    A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government reforms for nearly five months. The bloody attack erupted outside one of those shopping complexes, Cityplaza on Hong Kong Island. Local media said the...

  • PRESIDENT Oct 30, 2019

    Chile Cancels Climate, Trade Summits Amid Protest Chaos

    Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure damaged. The decision to call off the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and U.N. global climate gatherings, planned for November and December,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 11, 2019

    US Suspends Tariff Hike on Chinese Imports

    Speaking to reporters Friday, President Donald Trump said China and the U.S. are close on a limited deal including farm exports and that a U.S. tariff increase planned for Tuesday will no longer go into effect.

  • Donald Trump Nov 10, 2018

    China, US Sparring Continues Over South China Sea

    China bluntly told the United States to stop sending ships and military aircraft close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, during talks that set the stage for a meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping later this month. The U.S. pushed back Friday, insisting it will continue to “fly, sail and operate wherever international...

  • Associated Press Nov 7, 2018

    China to Overtake France as Top Travel Destination by 2030

    China is set to overtake France as the world’s number one tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia looks to spend more on travel, according to experts at market research group Euromonitor International. In a report published Tuesday at an industry conference in London, Euromonitor said it is predicting there will be 1.4 billion trips made...

  • Donald Trump Jun 27, 2018

    Trump, Putin Set to Hold Summit, Details to Be Announced

    Moscow and Washington have reached an agreement on Russian President Vladimir Putin having a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, a foreign affairs adviser to Putin said Wednesday. Presidential adviser Yuri Ushakov made the announcement after a meeting in Moscow between Putin and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton. The time, venue and other details of the summit will be...

  • United States Mar 23, 2018

    UN Reports See a Lonelier Planet With Fewer Plants, Animals

    Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports on biodiversity. Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports Friday on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area. Their conclusion after three years of study : Nowhere...

  • Donald Trump Mar 8, 2018

    11 Nations Sign Pacific Trade Pact as US Plans Tariffs

    Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected to formalize new tariffs on aluminum and steel to protect U.S. producers. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership last year, causing fears that it would not prosper without...

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    Mattis Says US Competitive Warfighting Edge Has Eroded

    Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America’s military advantage around the world. Laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense Department, Mattis warned that all aspects of...

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    Mattis Says US Competitive Warfighting Edge Has Eroded

    Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America’s military advantage around the world. Laying out a broad new strategy for the Defense Department, Mattis warned that all aspects of...

  • United States May 17, 2017

    Ford to Cut Jobs as Sales Level Off, Stock Price Lags

    Ford is getting leaner as it faces an onslaught of challenges, from slowing U.S. sales to high-tech challengers to its own disgruntled shareholders. The 114-year-old automaker said Wednesday it is cutting 1,400 non-factory jobs in North America and Asia Pacific. The company will offer voluntary early retirement and separation packages to around 10 percent of its salaried workers in departments...

  • CEO May 22, 2017

    Fields Out at Ford; New CEO Hackett Known for Turnarounds

    The job of Ford’s new CEO won’t be easy: He will have to shore up the 114-year-old company’s traditional auto business, but also invest in self-driving cars and other projects that could one day make that business obsolete. Ford thinks Jim Hackett is up to the task. The 62-year-old former chief executive of office furniture maker Steelcase was named to...

  • Governor Dec 1, 2017

    Attack Siren Blares in Hawaii for First Time Since Cold War

    A siren blared across Hawaii on Friday for the first time since the end of the Cold War in an effort to prepare tourists and residents for a possible nuclear attack from North Korea. The state is the first to bring back the Cold War-era warning system, Hawaii emergency management officials said. The wailing siren sounded for a minute after...

  • Donald Trump Nov 14, 2017

    Trump in Asia: A Break From the Past But Uncertain Results

    President Donald Trump declared his first Asian tour “tremendously successful” as he hopped on a plane bound for Washington. But when he landed at the White House late Tuesday he arrived with few concrete accomplishments in hand. As he jetted across the region, to five nations, six cities and three summits over 12 days, Trump pushed regional leaders to reshape...

  • Donald Trump Nov 13, 2017

    President Trump Talks Putin, North Korea in Asia Trip

    President Donald Trump faces questions about Russia meddling, his conflict with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and trade as he winds down his five-country trip to Asia.

  • Donald Trump Nov 11, 2017

    Pacific Trade Deal Closer, But Leaders Won’t Endorse It Yet

    Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached an agreement Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it. However, an immediate formal endorsement by the countries’ leaders meeting in Vietnam appeared unlikely. A statement issued in the early hours Saturday said an accord was reached on “core...

  • food Sep 15, 2017

    Fleeing Rohingya Muslims Watch as Homes Burn in Myanma

    Days after fleeing their village on the Myanmar side of the border fence, a group of Rohingya Muslims watched from just inside Bangladesh as yet another house went up in flames. “You see this fire today,” said Farid Alam, one of the Rohingya who watched the fire burn from about 500 meters (yards) away. “That is my village.” The villagers...

  • Europe Jun 15, 2017

    Nike to Cut About 2 Percent of its Global Workforce Part of New Business Structure

    Nike has announced a new business structure which includes cutting 2 percent of its global workforce on Thursday, CNBC reported. The new structure will focus on serving consumers in 12 cities across 10 countries and simplifying its business in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Greater China; and Asia Pacific and Latin America. Additional plans include a faster pipeline...

  • Donald Trump Jun 6, 2017

    Trump Asked Me to Rebuild Relationship With Russia, Tillerson Says

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has asked him to rebuild the U.S. relationship with Russia and not allow the political turmoil over possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign to impede him. Tillerson said relations with Russia are at a low point and deteriorating, and Trump asked him to try to stabilize the relationship...

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