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War of words heightens China-Philippines tensions

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 5:43PM UTC Riot police stand guard as protesters hold up a large anti-China banner outside the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

Just today, we had yet more proof that coming up with a solution to the South China Sea dispute between China and the Philippines will be no easy matter. An opinion piece on the People’s Daily, China’s chief newspaper, argued that the Philippines will hurt themselves if they try to

Chinese vice president to visit North Korea

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 5:04PM UTC Chinese vice president to visit North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — China’s vice president will visit North Korea this week for Korean War commemorations following a period of strained relations between the communist neighbors. Vice President Li Yuanchao will be the highest ranking Chinese official to visit North Korea since Kim Jong Un took over as leader of

Filipinos protest China’s territorial claims

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 3:51PM UTC Riot police stand guard as protesters hold up a large anti-China banner outside the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of people in the Philippine capital protested Wednesday against China’s claims to much of the vast South China Sea, saying Beijing’s intrusions into other countries’ territories would tarnish its image as it becomes a world power. Waving Philippine flags and blowing horns, the protesters massed

Malaysia’s crucial by-election

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 2:59PM UTC Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Pic: AP.

It may look like an obscure election in an obscure state, but nobody else thinks so, reports Asia Sentinel Two and a half months after arguably the most divisive election in Malaysian history, the ruling Barisan Nasional is going toe to toe with the opposition and spending a whopping RM19,000

US, India renew efforts to boost bilateral ties

By Wed, Jul 24, 2013 2:27PM UTC Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks in the Indian capital Tuesday as part of a renewed effort to strengthen ties between the two countries. The meeting came just weeks after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came to India

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