China’s exports declined in August, adding to growth pressures facing the world’s second-largest economy. (Photograph: China Daily/Reuters)

China’s exports declined in August, adding to growth pressures facing the world’s second-largest economy. Overseas shipments fell 5.5 per cent from a(...)

 Chinese premier Li Keqiang: Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein – Pool/Getty Images

Producer prices in China fell last month to their lowest level since the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis, and exports floundered, a(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi speaking during a joint press conference with General Tanasak Patimapragorn of Thailand. Photograph: EPA

The foreign minister for the Thai junta, Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, professed to having a crush on his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi while sharing a po(...)

Royal Malaysian Navy personnel during a search and rescue mission for boat-people, near the Thai-Malaysia border. After fierce international criticism, Malaysia has reversed its policy of sending boats back to sea. Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

An emergency international summit called to tackle the migrant boat crisis in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, convening in Bangkok on Friday, may p(...)

From left: Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Myanmar president Thein Sein, US president Barack Obama, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Russia Federation PM Dmitry Medvedev at the Asean summit. photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

Competition between China and the United States for regional influence in Asia is one of the big geopolitical stories and is set to remain so.Against (...)

Under the Obama administration, US policy has rebalanced or pivoted towards Asia.

This week’s failure by the European Council to appoint a new high representative for the European Union’s foreign and security policies was partly cau(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry speaks to the media during a  news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. On his trip to Asia he has had to has had to soothe fears in the region about Washington’s ongoing fiscal impasse. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to put increased pressure on Southeast Asian leaders and China to discuss South China Sea territorial dis(...)