ASIA

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, April 23, 2014.

Video Obama Arrives in Japan

President's eight-day tour began in Tokyo where he had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe More

FILE - A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (t), Minamikojima (b) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012.

China Rejects Obama’s Stance on Japan Island Dispute

Obama told Japanese newspaper that Washington would come to Tokyo's defense if there is ever a conflict over islands in East China Sea, which China also claims as its own More

Malaysia's Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein speaks at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Apr. 23, 2014.

Malaysia Approves International Investigation into MH370

Meanwhile, Australia investigates 'unidentified material' that washed ashore to determine if there is any relevance to search of missing plane More

FILE - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

An Afghan election worker stands next to ballot boxes at a counting centre in Kabul. A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taliban's failure to significantly disrupt the vote has raised questions about the capacity

Afghanistan Delays Election Results

Vote count was expected Thursday, but Independent Election Commission says results will now be released Saturday to allow more time to investigate possible fraud More



Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ambassador Ahn Ho-young Interviewi
X
April 23, 2014 2:25 PM
The Honorable Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States talks to VOA about President Barack Obama's visit to Asia.
Video

Video Ambassador Ahn Ho-young Interview

The Honorable Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States talks to VOA about President Barack Obama's visit to Asia.
Video

Video Death Toll Passes 100 as Divers Search South Korea Ferry

The death toll from the sinking of a South Korean ferry has risen to 117 as divers continue the search for 185 passengers still missing and presumed dead. Only 174 were rescued when the ship went down almost a week ago, filled mostly with high schools students on their way to the resort island of Jeju. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo, South Korea.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Body Count Rises as Korea Ferry Divers Finally Enter Ship

Divers in South Korea have finally entered a submerged, capsized passenger ferry that sank Wednesday, recovering 56 victims so far. Strong currents and murky water had delayed the efforts. But nearly 250 victims are still trapped on board, most of them high school students, and the death toll continues to rise. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo in southern South Korea.
Video

Video Parents of Disaster Ferry Passengers Lash Out at Authorities

Relatives of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have lashed out at authorities after they failed for a fourth day to enter the vessel. Twenty-nine bodies have been recovered from the water but some 270 remain trapped on board. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo.
Video

Video South Korea Arrests Captain of Sunken Ferry

South Korean police have formally arrested the captain and two crew members of a ferry that sank Wednesday morning off the country's southwestern coast with more than 470 people on board, most of them high school students. Twenty-eight people have been confirmed dead so far, and close to 300 are believed to be trapped inside the ship. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

A 2013 State Department report on human trafficking says there are 26 million people around the world who are victims of modern day slavery, many of them young girls. The problem is a growing concern, particularly in India. VOA's Kane Farabaugh spoke recently with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the problem, which is addressed in his new book, "A Call to Action."
Video

Video South Korea Continues Search For Survivors of Sunken Ferry

South Korea continues desperate efforts to save some 300 people still missing a day after a ferry carrying about 470 passengers sank off the country's southwestern coast. Most of the passengers were high school students and their teachers on an excursion. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far and about 180 have been plucked from the sunken vessel or the waters around it. Zlatica Hoke reports that a U.S. Navy ship stands ready to assist in the massive rescue operation
Video

Video South Korea Continues Search for Survivors of Sunken Ferry

South Korea continues desperate efforts to save some 300 people still missing a day after a ferry carrying about 470 passengers sank off the country's southwestern coast. Most of the passengers were high school students and their teachers on an excursion. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far, and about 180 have been plucked from the sunken vessel or the waters around it. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

President Barack Obama begins a week-long trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Hindu, Buddhist Works from Ancient Southeast Asia on View in New York

An exhibit of Hindu and Buddhist sculptural works from first-millennium Southeast Asia opens next week (April 14) at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. It features national treasures lent by Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Burma, also known as Myanmar, as well as other collections and museums from around the world. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has this report on the "Lost Kingdoms" exhibit.
Video

Video In Picturesque Thailand, Coal Plant Draws Protests

Environmental activists in Thailand are protesting plans to re-open an 800-megawatt coal plant in a coastal region, Krabi, that is popular with eco-tourists. The controversy pits Thailand’s growing energy needs against its image as a seaside paradise. Steve Sandford reports.
Video

Video As US China Seek Closer Military Ties, Differences Loom Large

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit to China this week highlighted a rapidly expanding effort between the two nations' militaries to boost ties, despite growing regional disputes. The trip also laid bare some of their sharp differences. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Poll

Poll archive

Outside The Studio

More Asia News

Malaysia Approves International Investigation into MH370

Meanwhile, Australia investigates 'unidentified material' that washed ashore to determine if there is any relevance to search of missing plane
More

Pirates Attack Japanese Oil Tanker off Malaysia

The Japanese tanker was headed from Singapore to Burma through the Strait of Malacca
More

S. Korea Ferry Death Toll Nears 150, Search for Victims Continues

Divers slowly working their way through third and fourth floors of ferry which is submerged upside down in murky waters
More

Video Enroute to Asia, Obama Visits Landslide Victims in Western State

So far, 41 victims have been found in the disaster area, but at least two other people remain missing
More

Thai Court Gives PM Time to Build Defense in Abuse of Power Case

The charges relate to the transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri in 2011
More

Video Obama Arrives in Japan

President's eight-day tour began in Tokyo where he had dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
More

Nepal Meets Sherpas' Demands After Deadly Avalanche

Last Friday's incident rekindled debate on disproportionate risks that sherpas take helping foreign mountaineers reach the 8,848-meter summit
More

US Urges North Korea to Refrain From New Nuclear Test

South Korean government quoted as saying that heightened activity at North Korea's underground nuclear test site indicates possible preparations for another atomic test
More