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People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Asian shares rose Tuesday, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high on optimism that a vaccine may soon control the coronavirus and the economic destruction it’s caused. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares rise buoyed by news on coronavirus vaccine

Nov. 16, 2020 10:27 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high on optimism that a vaccine may soon control the coronavirus and the economic destruction it’s caused. Moderna said its COVID-19 vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data....

This image made from a teleconference provided by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) shows the leaders and trade ministers of 15 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) countries pose for a virtual group photo in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. China and 14 other countries have agreed to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic. (VNA via AP)

ASEAN, China, other partners sign world's biggest trade pact

Nov. 15, 2020 8:56 AM EST

China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia are hoping will help hasten a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, was signed...

This image made from a teleconference provided by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) shows U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien, center, with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a virtual summit Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump skipped a virtual summit with his Southeast Asian counterparts on Saturday, the third year in a row that the U.S. is being represented at a lower level. (VNA via AP)

Trump skips Asian summits as China set to expand influence

Nov. 14, 2020 9:18 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump skipped summits with his Asian counterparts for the third year in a row on Saturday, even as rival China is set to expand its influence with a massive free trade deal in the region. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Trump regretted he was unable to...

A screen shows ASEAN leaders attending an online summit, in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Clockwise from top left: Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Aun Pornmoniroth, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi, Thai President Prayuth Chan-ocha, Singaporean President Lee Hsien Loong, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is at center. (VNA via AP)

ASEAN summit begins online meetings with regional leaders

Nov. 12, 2020 9:47 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's prime minister highlighted challenges Southeast Asian nations and others faced this year as he opened a regional summit Thursday that is again largely being held online due to the pandemic. The biannual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, chaired by Vietnam...

People walk by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Asian stock markets rose for second day Tuesday on hopes for progress toward a possible coronavirus vaccine that might allow the world to revive manufacturing, shopping and normal life. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian stocks rise for 2nd day on coronavirus vaccine hopes

Nov. 9, 2020 11:11 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose for second day Tuesday on hopes for progress toward a possible coronavirus vaccine that might allow the world to revive manufacturing, shopping and normal life. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney rose by more than 1% while Shanghai and Seoul also advanced. On...

In this photo released by Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi pose for photographers during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Pompeo renewed the Trump administration's rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. (Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

Oct. 29, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration’s rhetorical onslaught against China in Indonesia on Thursday as the American presidential election looms. With China a central theme in President Donald Trump’s campaign to win a second term in...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump holds a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump spent four years upending seven decades of American trade policy. He started a trade war with China, slammed America’s closest allies by taxing their steel and aluminum and terrified Big Business by threatening to take a wrecking ball to $1.4 trillion in annual trade with Mexico and Canada.
 Trump’s legacy on trade is likely to linger, regardless whether Joe Biden replaces him in the White House in January 2021.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

From Beijing to Brussels, Trump's trade wars at a glance

Oct. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he would shake up American trade policy. That he did. From Beijing to Brussels to Mexico City, he waged war with trading partners on multiple fronts. Here's a look at four tumultuous years of Trump trade policy: TRADE WAR WITH CHINA To rebalance...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Suga is on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

Oct. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country's vision for greater international cooperation to counter China's influence in the region....

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo listen to the national anthems during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020. (Laily Rachev/Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

Japan's PM, in Indonesia, says SE Asia key for his nation

Oct. 20, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in Indonesia on his first overseas trip since taking office, expressed his backing Tuesday for Southeast Asian efforts toward achieving peace in the South China Sea, while promoting Japan's “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center left, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, visit the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga is on an official visit to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool)

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Oct. 19, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on Monday, Suga and...