International Relations

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

May 21, 2018

Spectacle may trump substance when foreign journalists journey deep into the mountains of North Korea to observe the official closing ceremony of its nuclear test site

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

May 21, 2018

For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking into place for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he meticulously set up crucial nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang following a year of intense animosity

Manila takes non-confrontational stand vs China in sea feud

May 21, 2018

The Philippine government is taking "appropriate diplomatic action" to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in a non-confrontational policy "to avoid drawbacks"

Trusted Xi ally a rising influence on China's foreign policy

May 19, 2018

China's president is increasingly relying on friend and trusted adviser Wang Qishan to guide the country's foreign policy amid trade and territorial disputes with the U.S., Japan and others

North Korea demands South Korea send back restaurant workers

May 19, 2018

North Korea is demanding that South Korea send back 12 North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016, saying such a move would demonstrate Seoul's willingness to improve relations

S. Korea downplays N. Korea's threats to cancel talks

May 18, 2018

South Korea is downplaying a rash of strong criticism from North Korea over military drills with the United States and says it believes the North is still committed to a program of improving relations

Ahead of Trump summit, Kim Jong Un crafts a careful message

May 18, 2018

In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting a very different take on what got Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump to the negotiating table

Study says China-backed dam in Cambodia would destroy Mekong

May 18, 2018

A study says a Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway

China vows to defend its own interests in US trade talks

May 17, 2018

China vows to defend its own interests in trade talks with US

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over drills

May 16, 2018

North Korea threatens to scrap historic summit between Kim and Trump