Asia


China Suffers Setback in Its EU Trade Rapprochement

(VOA): As the United States ratchets up trade threats, China suffered a setback on Monday for its calls for international cooperation in counteracting  what it calls U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies.   Luca Jahier, the president of the European Economic and Social..

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Southeast Asia Drug Use Persists Despite Death Penalty

(VOA): Southeast Asian authorities are not shy about doling out the death penalty to punish drug traffickers, and yet narcotics abuse has not abated. If anything, it is on the rise, which begs the question of whether the region’s war on drugs is working.  The latest report on global trends..

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Tiny, Noisy Rooms Draw Customers to Japan Hostel

(VOA): Simple, tiny, noisy rooms in a hostel would seem like a place most people would rather not stay in overnight. But rooms just like that are drawing in guests as a tourist attraction in Japan. VOAs Deborah Block explains what makes Tiny’s Hostel so popular. (This story has not been..

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Trump Labels Russia, China and Europe as 'Foes'

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump is branding Russia, China and the European Union as "foes" of the United States, but specifically is singling out long-time allies in Europe for taking advantage of the United States on trade deals. "I think we have a lot of foes," the U.S. leader told CBS News..

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Hong Kong Moves to Ban Pro-Independence Political Party

(VOA): Authorities in Hong Kong have begun the unprecedented step of outlawing a political party that advocates the territory's independence from China. Secretary for Security John Lee announced Tuesday that he had sent a letter to Andy Chan, the founder of the Hong Kong National Party,..

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US, North Korea Discuss Korean War Remains

(VOA): Generals from the United States and North Korea have met to discuss the repatriation of the remains of U.S. soldiers who fought in the Korean War. Michael Minihan, an Air Force major general with U.S. Forces Korea and the chief of staff for the United Nations Command, met with a North..

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EU, Japan Sign Massive Free Trade Deal

(VOA): The European Union and Japan on Tuesday signed a "landmark" free trade deal that comes as Washington imposes new tariffs and threatens a trade war with China. The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU's top officials and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the biggest ever negotiated by..

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