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China-Taiwan talks seek to maintain momentum for closer ties

By Sun, May 24, 2015 2:45PM UTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Negotiators from Taiwan and China have met for talks on a range of issues in an attempt to maintain momentum for the forging of closer ties in the face of a skeptical Taiwanese public.

Philippines backs support for small enterprises at APEC meet

By Sun, May 24, 2015 2:43PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ top trade official says supporting the integration of micro, small and medium enterprises in global trade will help reduce poverty and inequality in the Asia-Pacific region.

Burma president signs off on controversial population law

By Sun, May 24, 2015 2:39PM UTC

YANGON, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Burma’s president has signed off on a controversial law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart. Critics warn it could be used to repress not only women, but religious and ethnic minorities.

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

By Sat, May 23, 2015 3:58PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is giving 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations, an effort to beef up its profile in the region.

China contributing experts, troops to disaster relief drills

By Sat, May 23, 2015 3:55PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort.