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US, China, Russia join Asia summit amid regional disputes

Oct. 27, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Joe Biden and China’s Premier Li Keqiang joined an annual summit of 18 Asia-Pacific nations by video Wednesday, as some regional leaders voiced concern about the sharpening of competition between major powers over trade, Taiwan, democracy and...

Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

Oct. 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. U.K. Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot...

1 dead, 21 injured as severe storm hits Hong Kong

Oct. 13, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A strong tropical storm bearing down on Hong Kong on Wednesday left one person dead and 21 others injured, as city authorities suspended classes, stock market trading and government services. Typhoon Kompasu moved across the South China Sea before...

Storm leaves 11 dead in landslides, floods in Philippines

Oct. 12, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

BAGUIO, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm set off landslides and flash floods as it barreled over the tip of the northern Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead and seven missing, officials said Tuesday. More than 6,500 villagers were evacuated from homes in...

EXPLAINER: How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

Oct. 09, 2021 05:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle in Asia, where...

Damaged US sub in port after collision in South China Sea

Oct. 08, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine that was damaged in a collision with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea last weekend has arrived in port at Guam, the Navy said Friday. No further details about the circumstances of the collision...

Kishida vows to lead with 'trust and empathy' to fix Japan

Oct. 08, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In his first policy speech, new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida promised Friday to strengthen the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic in case of another resurgence and revive its battered economy while bolstering defenses against threats from China and North...

EXPLAINER: How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

Oct. 08, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle in Asia, where...

Navy: Sub hit object in Pacific; no life-threatening injury

Oct. 07, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy attack submarine struck an object while submerged in international waters in the South China Sea, officials said Thursday. They said there were no life-threatening injuries and the sub was still fully operational. In a brief statement...

Tensions flare as Chinese flights near Taiwan intensify

Oct. 06, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own and asserts its territorial ambitions in the region. ...