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.
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.
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.
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.
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.