U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel became the first Pentagon chief to visit Mongolia in nine years when he arrived in the capital of Ulan Bator with a pledge to continue aiding the country’s military modernization.
Indonesian presidential frontrunner Joko Widodo may need to form a coalition to get elected, with the country’s main opposition party taking an unexpectedly slim lead in unofficial estimates after a parliamentary vote.
Japan’s dispatches of fighter jets to pursue Chinese aircraft rose by a third in the past year to a record 415 times, reflecting growing tensions stemming from a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.
The crowd of people danced and sang in the fading afternoon heat outside the city of Malang in East Java, their shirts and flags melding into a sea of red. Cheers erupted from the supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle as their idol took the stage.
Singapore is encouraging companies to expand in China to tap rising consumption in the world’s second-largest economy as President Xi Jinping sustains efforts to reduce his country’s reliance on investment and exports.
Supporters of Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plan to rally in the hundreds of thousands in Bangkok, a show of force they said is aimed at those plotting the government’s ouster.
Thailand’s Constitutional Court agreed to hear a case accusing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of violating the charter by transferring a security official, providing another potential avenue for her ouster.
The latest casualty of Thailand’s five-month political deadlock may be foreign investment, as project approvals face delays and new investors hesitate to commit funds, the head of the investment promotion board said.
Thai voters went to the polls yesterday to select half of the nation’s Senate, without facing opposition from protesters who derailed a general election on Feb. 2 and have vowed to disrupt any future vote.