Latest Regional trade News

Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

Oct. 19, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Japan's defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia. Takeshi Iwaya says the program fits in with the government's vision to raise defense cooperation with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian...

Southeast Asian navies to hold 1st joint drills with China

Oct. 19, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian navies are heading to their first joint exercises with China in its southern waters next week, and defense officials agreed Friday to conduct a similar drill with the U.S. next year. Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Oct. 22-28 drills in waters surrounding...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Oct. 15, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Philippine, Vietnam leaders discuss disputed sea boundaries

Oct. 12, 2018 9:27 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam's prime minister have discussed efforts by their countries to delineate their maritime boundaries in the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China. Duterte said Friday, without elaborating, that he told Prime...

The Latest: Southeast Asian leaders affirm free trade goals

Oct. 11, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the IMF-World Bank annual meeting (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have reaffirmed their commitment to open trading systems that have underpinned their economic growth. The leaders met Thursday in Bali, Indonesia, on...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Kavanaugh accuser, drug prices, vets

Oct. 6, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of his Supreme Court nominee's chief accuser in a mocking turn on a rally stage over the past week as campaign politics and the pitched struggle over Brett Kavanaugh's fate provided fertile ground for distortion. A look at some of his...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Oct. 4, 2018 11:12 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 3 The Baltimore Sun on President Donald Trump's remarks on a psychology professor who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her at a party: Dear Sens. Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, There was a time...

Canada relieved trade deal done, won't forget Trump attacks

Oct. 4, 2018 4:34 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to make Canada pay after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wouldn't be bullied in trade talks. Trump called Trudeau "weak" and "dishonest." He threatened tariffs on cars and slapped them on steel. The unprecedented attacks on America's closest ally left...

Can Trump's bullying style deliver more trade breakthroughs?

Oct. 2, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has muscled Canada into joining a revamped North American trade deal, sealed a pact with South Korea and coaxed a reluctant Japan into agreeing to one-on-one trade talks. All in the past two weeks. To President Donald Trump and his allies, the results vindicate...

AP FACT CHECK: New trade deal not as big as Trump claims

Oct. 2, 2018 12:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inaccurately described his new trade deal with Canada and Mexico as the biggest ever — it's not even close — and glossed over some possible consequences of the agreement, such as higher car prices. A sampling of his expansive statements on the deal...