Analysts: S. Korea, China Detente Good for Northeast Asia Stability – Voice of America

China and South Korea’s agreement this week to set aside differences over a U.S. missile defense system, in order to normalize relations after a year-long feud, likely could boost economic ties and stability in northeast Asia. Beijing restricted South Korean business on the mainland and Chinese tourism to the peninsula after Seoul announced in July [...]

Trump advisers try to focus the president’s attention on Asia trip – Politico

President Donald Trump has been holed up in a series of rapid-fire briefing sessions on his upcoming 12-day, five-country tour through Asia — an effort the White House hopes will help avoid the kind of diplomatic snafus that have dogged his presidency. The trip — Trump’s longest yet — comes at a tense moment in [...]

Trump Goes to Asia—but the Pentagon Gets There First | The Nation – The Nation.

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Flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, President Donald Trump meets with members of his cabinet, October 16, 2017. (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque) Ready to Resist? Sign up to get three concrete actions in your inbox every week. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out [...]

Asia shares mount 10-year top on strong economy, oil gains – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares scaled a 10-year high on Wednesday on the back of solid economic growth globally, while oil prices extended a bull run on hopes that major producers will maintain their output cuts. European shares are expected to rise, with spread-betters looking at a higher opening of 0.4 percent in France’s CAC [...]

Grab, the Uber rival in Southeast Asia, is now officially also a digital payments company – TechCrunch

Grab is best known for rivaling Uber in Southeast Asia, but today the company took a major step into becoming a fintech player, too. That’s because the ride-sharing firm, which recently raised $2 billion from SoftBank and China’s Didi Chuxing, rolled out support for its GrabPay service among third-party merchants for the first time today. [...]

Donald Trump will not make ‘cliche’ visit to Korean DMZ during Asia trip –

US President Donald Trump will not go to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border of North Korea and South Korea during his Asia trip, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. “The president is not going to visit the DMZ. There is not enough time in the schedule,” the official told reporters in a background [...]

Facebook, Paul Manafort, Manus Island: Your Wednesday Briefing – New York Times

A surprising figure emerged: a young foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, who lied to the F.B.I. about seeking to be a conduit for Russian “dirt” to the Trump campaign. Mr. Trump dismissed him as a “low level volunteer” who has “proven to be a liar,” a few hours before attending a meeting on tax reform [...]

North Korea, Catalonia, Hurricane Nate: Your Monday Briefing – New York Times

Our reporters were able to reconstruct the contours of his life. Stephen Paddock, 64, was a savvy businessman and an utterly unremarkable “numbers guy” with a special skill at video poker. Advertisement Continue reading the main story His girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told investigators that he seemed to be deteriorating mentally and physically. _____ Photo Credit [...]

Dollar softer after US jobs data as Asia markets await China services data – CNBC

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A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia? – The Diplomat

Early next year, Sydney will play host to a special summit between Australia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. But as we approach that meeting, questions remain about what role Canberra should really play in Southeast Asia amid concerning developments within the [...]

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