Global

US seeks Japan’s participation in AUKUS: report

The alliance may collaborate with Japan on select projects, excluding nuclear submarine technology.

Pacific

IMF returns to Papua New Guinea after a stormy past

Prime Minister James Marape says the IMF is working with PNG not dictating policy to it.

China

US-based dissident conference seeks plan for a democratic China

The conference aims to improve on the current US system, and comes ahead of Beijing's rubber-stamp parliament.

Vietnam

Facebooker arrested as Vietnam’s internet crackdown continues

Police detained a social media user under a law that rights groups say is used to stifle freedom of expression.

Commentaries

Why Laos’ Communists cannot do anti-corruption

Neither the will nor the material conditions are present for an effective anti-corruption campaign in Laos.

China

Economy, security, party drama: What to expect at China’s ‘two sessions’

All eyes on fiscal stimulus and growth drivers under Xi Jinping’s push for ‘high-grade’ development.

Commentaries

Why Laos’ Communists cannot do anti-corruption

Neither the will nor the material conditions are present for an effective anti-corruption campaign in Laos.

Swiftlet breeding a lucrative business in Myanmar