Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his New Zealand counterpart Hon Ron Mark on March 13 co-chaired the second annual Singapore - New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting held in Auckland port city of New Zealand.

RoK president’s special envoys visit China, Japan

The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in sent his special envoys to visit China and Japan on March 12 after their recent visits to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.

DPRK seen "cautious" in announcing stance over upcoming summits -Seoul

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s silence on its upcoming summits with the United States and the Republic of Korea (RoK) is likely due to caution over organising its stance regarding the meetings, RoK’s Ministry of Unification said on March 12.

Pinera sworn in for second term as Chile's president

Businessman-turned politician Sebastian Pinera was sworn in as Chile's president on March 11, beginning what will be his second term in office after a four-year absence.

Chile ready for CPTPP signing ceremony

The government of Chile has announced that the country’s President Michelle Bachelet and Foreign Minister Heraldo Munos will chair the signing ceremony of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on March 8 (local time).

China''s Taiwan may restart nuclear reactor

The application of Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to restart the second reactor at its No. 2 nuclear plant has been approved by the island's atomic energy authority. Taiwan's legislative body has the final say on the restart.

Russian military plane crashes in Syria, 32 killed - agencies

A Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria on March 6, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying, an incident that sharply raises the death toll from the Kremlin's Syria operation.

China sets 2018 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

China has set its GDP growth target at around 6.5 percent for 2018, unchanged from that for 2017, according to a government work report released on Monday (March 5).

DPRK official media calls recent US-RoK navy drill prelude to resumption of war games

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on March 2 that a recent United States and the Republic of Korea (RoK) military drill was a prelude to the resumption of large-scale war games held by the US in the RoK.

Indonesia receives 24 F-16 fighter jets from US

The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) on February 28 received a total of 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets as part of the procurement programme from the US.

Philippine chief justice takes leave, not resign

Chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court Maria Lourdes Sereno will start an indefinite leave on March 1 but will not resign, amidst reports that rival justices demanded her to quit in a closed-door meeting.

DPRK to send athletes to RoK on March 7 for Paralympics

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed on February 27 to send athletes to the Republic of Korea (RoK) on March 7 for the Winter Paralympic Games, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

Xi's special envoy meets with RoK president on ties, peninsula issue

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Liu Yandong met in Seoul on February 26 with the Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in, urging efforts to boost ties consistent with the original intention of both sides in establishing diplomatic relations.

China to continue proactive fiscal policy in 2018

China will continue proactive fiscal policy and prudent monetary policy in 2018, according to a statement released after a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on February 24.

Indonesia declares emergency following forest fire

Indonesia has declared emergency in anticipation of worsening forest fires in Riau and South Sumatra provinces on Sumatra Island and West and Central Kalimantan on Borneo Island.

Japan selects Osaka to host G-20 summit in 2019

The Japanese government said on February 21 it will host the 2019 summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in the western region of Osaka.

Schedule for RoK-U.S. war game to be unveiled after Winter Olympics: RoK defense chief

Schedule for the annual the Republic of Korea (RoK)-U.S. war game, which was delayed during the period of the 23rd Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, will be unveiled after the Paralympic Games ending in mid-March, RoK's defense chief said Tuesday (Feb.20).

Trump, Putin speak over phone on plane crash, Middle East

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke over phone on Monday (Feb.12) to discuss the Russian plane crash as well as issues concerning the Middle East peace process and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Russian, Israeli leaders discuss Israel-Syria border incident over phone

Russian and Israeli leaders discussed the Israel-Syria border incident in a phone conversation, the Kremlin has said in a statement.

Putin, Erdogan discuss military coordination in Syria - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan agreed to strengthen coordination between the two countries' military and security services in Syria in the fight against terrorism, the Kremlin said in a statement.

UN chief condemns chemical weapons use in Syria, calls for unity of Security Council

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on February 6 condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and called for unity of the Security Council in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

U.S. senators question Trump's Afghanistan strategy

U.S. lawmakers on February 6 questioned President Donald Trump's strategy regarding the ongoing Afghan war.

Thailand works to lure ASEAN tourists

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set up a plan to attract visitors from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) following a research forecasting the number of ASEAN arrivals to reach 10 million this year.

Russia celebrates Battle of Stalingrad

Tens of thousands of people rallied across Russia on February 3 to demonstrate national unity on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi forces in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Finnish president inaugurated, calls for bigger role of UN, EU

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on January 1 took his pledge in front of the Finnish parliament, beginning his second six-year term as president.