Latest East Asia News

The Latest: Pakistan counts more deaths in latest virus wave

Apr. 21, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities on Wednesday reported 148 deaths from COVID-19, one of the country's highest daily death tolls in recent months. Pakistan is currently in the middle of a third wave of coronavirus infections amid widespread violations of social...

Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo

Apr. 21, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime sexual slavery and their relatives who sought compensation from Japan's government. The Seoul Central District Court based its decision on diplomatic...

Japan's Suga makes offering at war shrine but doesn't visit

Apr. 21, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday donated a religious offering to a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression, though he avoided a visit. Suga’s offering of “masakaki” leaves at Yasukuni Shrine...

China says 200 million citizens have been vaccinated

Apr. 21, 2021 05:40 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Around 200 million Chinese, or 14.29% of the population, have been vaccinated for COVID-19 so far, with an emphasis on front-line workers, university students and people living in border areas, a health official said Wednesday. China is ramping up...

World shares mixed as earnings take center stage

Apr. 21, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares rose Wednesday in Europe and U.S. futures edged higher as corporate earnings took the spotlight after a day of declines in Asia. Germany's DAX gained 0.4% to 15,189.03 and the CAC 40 in Paris jumped 0.7% to 6,206.80. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.7%...

Envoy: China not discriminating against foreign journalists

Apr. 21, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China continued to welcome foreign journalists and discriminated against none, a Chinese envoy said on Wednesday, contradicting an Australian reporter's opinion that they were “barely tolerated.” Wang Xining, the Chinese Embassy in...

Meituan raises $10 bln for self-driving cars, drone delivery

Apr. 21, 2021 02:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese food delivery giant Meituan raised nearly $10 billion in a sale of convertible bonds and additional shares and plans to invest those funds in developing and expanding delivery technologies. The Beijing-based firm, China’s largest food delivery...

China's Xi to participate in Biden's climate summit

Apr. 21, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will take part in President Joe Biden’s climate summit this week, the government announced Wednesday. Xi will participate in the online event by video link from Beijing and “deliver an important speech," the official...

Plans, test events change daily for postponed Tokyo Olympics

Apr. 21, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Each day seems to bring another change to the Tokyo Olympics as surging coronavirus cases in Japan threaten planning for the games, which are to open in just over three months. A leg of the torch relay on Wednesday was moved off the public streets in...

Asian shares slide after tech, bank sell-off on Wall Street

Apr. 20, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares skidded in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street closed lower for a second straight day, led by drops in technology companies and banks. Worsening coronavirus outbreaks in Asia have cast a shadow over prospects for a rebound from the pandemic....