AP PHOTOS: Editor Selections From the Past Week in Asia – ABC News

India and Indonesia both held Independence Day celebrations last week. India, which gained independence from British colonial rule on Aug. 15, 1947, marked the day with cultural and military parades, colorful festivals and political speeches. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation, saying that India would not bow to extremism and calling for young people […]

Taking a look at the next three Olympic sites — all in Asia – Chicago Sun-Times

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — For the Olympics, it’s so-long Rio, hello Asia. The next three Olympics are headed for relatively calmer ports of call in South Korea, Japan and China following the organizational drama surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the just completed Summer Games in Brazil, although challenges […]

US Faces Setback in Asia If TPP Trade Deal Doesn’t Pass – Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama’s troubled Pacific-region trade deal is threatening to become a foreign policy failure in Asia, where the U.S. loaded the accord with strategic significance as a counterweight to the rise of China. U.S. officials have billed the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership for years as central to a shift of U.S. military and other resources […]

Asia Pacific: Overseas professors set up Chinese think-tank in BC – Vancouver Sun

A group of Chinese academics from several universities in B.C. have set up a think-tank focused on China’s perspectives of encouraging trade and investment with Canada, marking the first agency of its kind in Western Canada. The Grizzly Bear Institute of Canada was established by about 10 professors, mostly visiting scholars from Mainland Chinese institutions, but also […]

Iran pitches huge gas reserves for Asia markets – Press TV

Iran is pitching its massive gas sector for trade with Asia where it sees a better market for exports than Europe.  “Gas prices are more attractive in East Asia than in Europe,” Deputy Petroleum Minister for trade and international affairs Amir-Hossein Zamaninia has said.  The country hopes to eventually export natural gas to East […]

PH bet wins Miss Asia 2016 competition – Rappler

Congratulations, Trixia Maria Maraña! PH FIRST WIN. Miss Asia 2016 Trixia Maria Maraña gets a kiss from her court after winning the title last August 18 in India. Photo from Facebook/Miss Asia MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ own Trixia Maria Maraña won the title of Miss Asia 2016 last Thursday, August 18 in Kerala, India. […]

Southeast Asia Is Having Its Best Olympics Ever – FiveThirtyEight

Southeast Asia Is Having Its Best Olympics Ever – FiveThirtyEight

As the Olympics wind down, it’s customary to argue about which parts of the world performed best relative to expectations. The U.S. is a reasonable answer. Maybe Armenia. Probably not India. Definitely not Russia. Here’s a dark horse candidate: Southeast Asia. Despite a population over 600 million, Southeast Asia hasn’t seen a lot of Olympic […]