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KCSMMHZ
Jul 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
nishikawa, nhk world. >>> the korean peninsula and the south china sea are two security flashpoints with potential to unsettle the entire asia-pacific region. both have been on the agenda at this year's asean regional forum in cambodia. dhra dhirakaosal reports from the forum in phnom penh. >> it brings southeast asia today with global powers like the united states and smaller regional states like north korea. it is a rare opportunity for diplomats to be invited to the same event as their kourpt counterparts from pyongyang. the other big topic of the week, how to resolve simmering disputes among nations surrounding the south china sea. delegates from 26 countries and the european union gathered thursday afternoon in phnom penh. the north korean foreign minister was closely watched by the international media. it is the first time the regime of kim jong-un has sat down as at an international conference with the united states. the other member countries of the stalled six-party talks also attended, including south korea and china. the nuclear issue has gained urgency since april when north
KCSMMHZ
Jul 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
most delicate issues, who owns the south china sea. delegates from both sides agreed to start working on a legally binding code of conduct to settle disputes peacefully. foreign ministers from the ten member states met their chinese counterpart on wednesday afternoon. china agreed to start discussions on drawing up the code of conduct but observers say china seems reluctant to sign a binding agreement that could limit its activities in the south china sea. the waters are believed to hold oil and natural gas. china has its eye on the natural resources to power its economy, the biggest in asia. one of the biggest countries have been rising this year. vessels were locked in a standoff that lasted more than two months. for an analysis we are joined by char main. what do you make of china's decision? >> china has agreed to start the code of conduct favored by asean to avoid international criticism and doesn't want to give the united states an excuse to intervene. but china's basic policy remains unchanged. that means no concessions regarding its territorial claims to the south china sea. i
KCSMMHZ
Feb 19, 2013 6:00am PST
counterparts in china to help contain north korea and punish it. a senior diplomat has travelled to beijing for discussions. north korean authorities conducted an underground nuclear test last week, and they're threatening more action. the head of the foreign affairs will head to china. japanese diplomats say he'll call on the chinese to help adopt a new u.n. security council resolution, authorizing more sanctions against north korea. he's also expected to ask to persuade north korean authorities not to conduct anymore nuclear or missile tests. the problem is chinese leaders urge their allies to hold off on the test, but president north koreans did it anyway. now some people in china want their government to rethink their relationship. here's more from beijing. >> reporter: north korea conducted the nuclear test while people in china were celebrating the lunar new year. a spokesperson for china's foreign ministry criticized the action. >> translator: we have released a strong statement regarding north korea's nuclear test. we have made it clear that china is resolutely opposed to this kind of a
KCSMMHZ
Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
deadline. many are running late in revising their plans to deal with accidents. >>> and china's new president is promising a better future for his people and a stronger nation. but xi jinping will face challenges as he tries to turn his dream into a reality. welcome to "newsline." disaster management officials in japan have released statistics they know are shocking, but that they hope will help people prepare. they say damage from an earthquake that's expected to hit any time could reach 2.3 trillion dollars in a worst-case scenario. that's more than twice the current national budget. scientists warn the nankai trough south of japan's main island could trigger a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. they say the probability of it happening sometime in the next 30 years is 70% to 80%. disaster management officials say in the worst case scenario the quake and resulting tsunami would kill more than 300,000 people. nearly 10 million others would need to take shelter because electricity and water supplies would be disrupted. officials say damage to housing, businesses, factories could top $1.5 tril
KCSMMHZ
Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
attention is on china. the north's most influential ally. today on china report, we look at the response from leaders in bejing and what motivates their longstanding relationship with an isolated regime. >> reporter: chinese media were quick to respond to the rocket launch. tv networks ran a news clip using reports by foreign news agencies. but it took a full six hours for the chinese government to issue a formal comment.ititititititit press conference of the foreign ministry. >> translator: it's regrettable that north korea went ahead with the launch, despite the international's community close attention. as a member of the united nations, the north has the obligation to respect security council resolutions. >> reporter: china is north korea's neighbor and the most important of its fuel lines, also an economic superpower, since fighting the korean war together, the two countries have maintained close relations. in september, north korea held a briefing in beijing, calling for massive investment in a special economic zone. the north's economy is in dire shape, and the only way it will im
KCSMMHZ
Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." communist party officials in china have answered questions that have been swirling for weeks by making two key announcements. they've set a date for when their transition of power will begin. it's november 8th. and they've also decided on their punishment for a once-rising political star. they stripped bo xilai of his party membership. his case exposed the darker side of china's power structure. the state-run xinhua news agency is reporting the communist party will transfer bo's case to judicial authorities. he's accused of taking large bribes and abusing his power. bo was the highest ranking communist party official of the inland city of chongqing. he was expected to join the party's top brass this year, but a series of incidents led to his downfall. his former aid etemporarily pled to the u.s. consulate in february. officials cited bo for violating party discipline. they suspended him from the post he held in the political bureau. then in july, police charged bo's wife and her aide with murdering british businessman neil haywood. a chinese
KCSMMHZ
Apr 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
area. it also says three aegis-equipped destroyers will be deployed in east china sea and the sea of japan. the japanese cabinet agreed to extend its sanctions on north korea for another year before they expire on april 13th. the current extension is due to the north's planned rocket launch and its failure to reinvestigate the fate of japanese nationals it abducted. the sanctions were introduced six years ago after pyongyang carried out missile and nuclear experiments. >>> members of the association of southeast asian nations have called for sanctions against myanmar to be lifted. they held a summit the day after the results emerged from the landmark bi-election in myanmar. pro-democracy leader aung san suu kyi is set to take a seat in parliament. asean hopes myanmar's progress will be rewarded. patchari raksawong in our bangkok bureau is covering the story. >> asean leaders called the results of sunday's bi-election in myanmar a big step towards democracy. the possible lifting of economic sanctions was also on the agenda at the summit in cambodia. such a move would help them achieve
KCSMMHZ
Nov 5, 2012 6:00am PST
the presidential candidates on a range of issues. one of them is their stance on china. some americans consider the world's second largest economy a threat. obama and romney have tried to reflect that sentiment, but as nhk world's susumu kojima tells us, campaign sound bites don't necessarily tell the full story. >> reporter: the employees in wisconsin know the pressures of their industry all too well. they watched colleague after colleague lose it because of competition from chinese factories. chinese companies break trade rules by setting imports at a loss, which pushed him to slash his workforce and hold off on expansion plans. >> any type of elected official should stand up for a level playing field. we're not asking for anything more. >> reporter: a recent study by the pew research center said many americans consider being tough with the chinese on economic issues an important priority. barack obama has promised american voters he will make china play by the rules. >> we're organizing trade relations with countries other than china so that china starts feeling more press
KCSMMHZ
Apr 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
enough to strike most major cities in china, but the agni v is capable of hitting targets up to 5,000 kilometers away, including beijing and most other parts of asia. defense ministry claims the agni v is also capable of carrying nuclear war heads. but that claim is open to question. it's uncertain whether india has the technology needed to downsize nuclear warheads for long-range delivery. india is on a drive to modernize its armed forces. the country's military budget this year is up 17.6% from 2011. india says the missile is for defensive purposes only. the agni v will undergo further testing for possible deployment within two to three years. india media hailed the lauf eeds historic saying that india joined the nuclear power missiles. it is likely to cause particular concern in china with which india is engaged in a lingering territorial dispute. nhk world, new delhi. >> we spoke to a defense analyst about india's missile test. he is a correspondent with james defense weekly in new delhi. he told nhk by telephone it could have implications for security across the region. >> so, in
KCSMMHZ
Nov 18, 2011 6:00am PST
>>> taking center stage. southeastern asian leaders meet with the u.s. and china about territorial disputes and maritime security. >>> welcome to "newsline." i'm michio kijima in tokyo. >> leaders from the association of southeast asian nations are pulling together to confront a long-standing issue. a dispute over who controls the south china sea. they met face-to-face today with chinese premier jiabao and talked to president barack obama. patchari raksawong is in bali with details of the asean meeting. >> reporter: the ten leaders of asean held separate meetings friday with the u.s. president and chinese premier. topping the agenda, of course, the south china sea. jiabao was first to meet with asean friday morning telling the bloc they can begun to work out a code of conduct, or coc, for handles disputes in the south chine that sea. he responded china intended to join that process and would continue negotiations and added outsiders should not get involved in the south chine that sea issue. the foreign minister of indonesia currently chairing asean welcomed china's position. >> the
KCSMMHZ
Mar 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
and china to continue to veto u.n. resolutions against syria, especially if the number of dead from the government crackdown reaches 20,000 to 30,000. plus, if more women and children are killed, more syrian army soldiers could defect in protest. in my view, the assad administration has lost legitimacy. its fall is inevitable. the question now is how long will it take for that to happen and how many lives will be lost in battle. another concern is that no one has emerged as a prospective leader in post-assad syria. if the situation continues, the country could plunge into a civil war. that will throw the whole region into turmoil. and this is my biggest concern, actually. >> thank you. >>> japan aerospace exploration will launch on may 18th a rocket carrying satellite for water observation. it will orbit the earth at an altitude of 700 kilometers to capture very weak radio waves released by water on the earth's surface. data collected is expected to help in calculating fluctuations in ocean surface temperatures and these can affect the climate, and arctic ice masses. the rocket carr
KCSMMHZ
Sep 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
china are marching, shouting, and showing they don't plan on give ug up. they held rallies against japan in more than 100 cities across the country. chinese are angry the japanese government nationalized zis puted territory in the east china sea. japan controls t s ths the senk islands. china and taiwan also claim them. roughly 2,000 demonstrators in the northeastern city of shenyang gathered in front of the japanese consulate general. some of them threw stones and plastic bottles at the building, shattering a number of windows. the demonstrators also tossed bottles at a nearby japanese restaurant. more than 5,000 people joined the protest in front of the japanese embassy in beijing. the crowd channelled the disputed island should be returned to china. some protesters threw plastic bottles and eggs into the compound. several thousand police officers are protecting the agency. that's the largest number since the protests began last week. more than 10,000 people have been demonstrating near the japanese koconsulate general in shanghai. police are assigned to ask for groups of about 1
KCSMMHZ
Jul 20, 2012 6:00am PDT
divided. russia and china vetoed a resolution that would have imposed nonmilitary sanctions on syria. earlier, shery ahn spoke with an expert on the middle east at the institute of energy economics japan. he analyzed the results of the security council vote and the impact it will have on the situation in syria and surrounding nations. >> the security council still divided. what lies at the core of the disagreement? >> certainly the russians and chinese are not ready to see a repetition of what happened to libya last year. after the security council adopted a resolution that would allow sort of a no-fly zone to be inplemented over the libyan air space. that is going to be as real issue from the months to come. while the western nations, especially the united states and u.k. government would want to do something to stop the bloodshed of the what's happening today in syria. without sort of a forceful resolution that would pressure the assad regime, that's unlikely to happen again. >> given that, is there anything the international community can do at this point to end the violence? >> a
KCSMMHZ
Jan 16, 2012 6:00am PST
. whether to elect a candidate who wants closer ties with mainland china. the incumbent president of the nationalist party or kmt beat the leader of the biggest opposition block the democratic progressive party. during the campaign, ma had appealed for closer relations with mainland china. he says they will boost taiwan's economy. with ma as president for another four years, what will happen to relations between taipei and beijing? we'll speak to experts on cross strait relations from taiwan and china. first we have a reporter from the taipei studio. >> reporter: the burning issue in the campaign was how close taiwan should forge its relationship with mainland china. ma's re-election shows that a majority of votes want him to carry on deepening relations with china, a policy whichsoever has helped taiwan's economy grow. >> translator: i want ma to honor his campaign pledge. i hope to see taiwan continue its stable growth. >> reporter: at his post election news conference, ma said he was determined to seek even closer ties with mainland china. >> translator: i would try to deepen the trus
KCSMMHZ
Sep 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
special greeting to china's president hu jintao by meeting with him first. hu is the first leader putin met in vladivostok, their countries share a border 4,000 kilometers. earlier, i spoke with nhk world's kaori nagao who is in vladivostok covering the apec meetings. >> reporter: the leaders covered a wide range of matters from economics to international relations. >> reporter: at the top the agenda was economic relations. they agreed not only to increase mutual trade and investment, but also to enhance the cooperation in areas such as energy and high-tech development. after the meeting, president putin made a keynote speech at apec's business forum. the three-day business forum is being held alongside apec sessions. businesspeople from 500 leading pacific rim companies attended friday's meeting. >> kaori, russia seems to be placing special emphasis on its far east, which borders china's northeast. as you reported earlier, russia has spent around $21 billion in infrastructure projects there over the past five years. >> reporter: that's right. businesspeople are closely watching w
KCSMMHZ
Aug 10, 2011 6:00am PDT
growing uncertainty over the global economic outlook. >>> china's monthly exports marked a record high in july. china's general administration of customs said on wednesday that china's trade surplus reached $31.4 billion last month surpassing the $30 billion mark for the first time in 2 1/2 years. exports stood at about $175 billion in july. that's up 20.4% from a year earlier. imports rose 22.9%, to around $143.6 billion. despite the strong figures, the chinese government is increasingly concerned over the dim economic outlook for the united states and europe. both are china's main export markets. >>> nasa says the powerful tsunami that ravaged japan's northeastern coast in march also had an impact thousands of kilometers away from this country. the u.s. space agency says for the first time ever, observations show the big waves broke off chunks of an iceberg in antarctica. nasa says it observed the breaks from the sulzberger ice shelf in images shot from two satellites in the days following the earthquake and tsunami. the area is about 13,000 kilometers away from japan. pictures
KCSMMHZ
Mar 6, 2013 6:00am PST
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." i'm gene otani in tokyo. >>> people in china and elsewhere are paying close attention to high-level meetings under way in beijing. communist party delegates have gathered for their annual national people's congress. this time around, they'll be choosing the top leaders who will likely guide the country for the next decade. xi jinping is widely expected to become president and li keqiang is set to take the position of premier. people in china are taking a look at a wide range of issues, and so are we in our special series "china, change and challenge." james tengan is leading our coverage from beijing. james, premier wen jiabao spoke tuesday about issues they have to tackle. how did npc members react? >> reporter: hi, gene. members of the congress got straight to work. they divided into subcommittees to talk about the issues premier wen brought up in his speech. the men expected to control china after next week also took part in the discussions. communist party chief xi jinping joined representatives from shanghai. he said courage is needed to dee
KCSMMHZ
Apr 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
rising tensions over the possible launch of a ballistic missile. >>> growth figures out of china have surprised economists. the world's second-largest economy still expanding but seems to be losing some steam. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people in north korea are celebrating an important holiday as people elsewhere continue to watch the country's leaders. north korea's citizens are observing what would have been the 101st birthday of the nation's founder kim il-sung. leader kim jong-un marked the day by visiting his grandfather's mausoleum. >> state-run tv reports kim was accompanied by close aides, including his uncle and mentor. it was kim's first appearance on state media since a session of the north korean parliament two weeks ago. people in neighboring countries fear he'll mark the holiday by ordering the test of a ballistic missile. pictures out of pyongyang send a different message. presidents have laid flowers. at statues of kim il-sung and kim jong-il. >>> north korea's leaders have made repeated threats targeting people in other countries, in spite of repeated calls
KCSMMHZ
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
be among the first of many tests for his administration. nhk world, tokyo. >>> china is building up its military presence in the asia pacific region. the question is how southeast asian countries will need with the neighbor's growing clout. we have details on different positions two countries are taking on china. >> nhk has obtained information that sheds light on the stances they are taking on china and we start with the philippines which is stationing marines on the spratly islands. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the philippines and china and malaysia and brunei claim sovereignty over all or some of the spratly's, high ranking military officers say their country has started to deploy marines in nine islands and shoals since september. the country had already stationed naval officers there. the military says personal numbers have almost doubled on some of the islands. before the deployment, the marines underwent training on protecting the islands and been equipped with upgraded weapons. philippines began expanding its military facility on the island to accommodate equipment and pe
KCSMMHZ
Oct 16, 2012 6:00am PDT
okinawa. the disputed senkaku islands are located in that area, a territory japan controls but china claims. pilots with the maritime self-defense force air patrol spotted the flotilla tuesday. they found the ships about 49 kilometers off yonaguni island near taiwan. japanese defense ministry officials say the ships moved north just outside japan's territorial waters. they say the vessels were headed to another contiguous zone off the senkaku islands. but then the flotilla headed west away from the islands. defense ministry officials point out the flotilla is the same one that passed through the oak. >> wa islands earlier this month. officials believered it was returning to china. international law allows warships to pass through another nation's contiguous zone. officials say it's the first time the chinese navy this year has been spotted around japan's contiguous zone off okinawa. china's state-run media ran a statement from the chinese defense ministry saying its ships were on training and sailing exercises which are legal and appropriate. the statement also says japan's recent di
KCSMMHZ
Nov 7, 2012 6:00am PST
global issues such as syria, iran or china. u.s. relations with the outside world there are more difficult challenges to come. nhk world, washington. >>> president obama won, but he faces many economic challenges. we now ask an expert's view about his outlook. in our new york studio is richard katz, the editor in chief of the oriental economist report, newsletter on japan. mr. katz, thank you very much for joining us today. >> sure. >> among the many challenges president obama will first face the so-called fiscal cliff. how do you think he'll deal with it, and how will that affect asia? >> i think it will be very difficult to deal with it. the republicans have made it clear they continue to want to be the party of no. they're not willing to compromise on a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. i say there's about a 50/50 chance the fiscal cliff could be avoided. at best it may be extended by a few months. if the fiscal cliff is short and then people come to their senses and compromise, the impact on asia will be small. but if the fiscal cliff goes on for several months, the
KCSMMHZ
Aug 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
a move in a case that has created friction with china. they've begun to deport a group of activists and journalists. police arrested them after they landed on the senkaku islands. japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim them as their own. 7 of the detainees, 5 activists and two journalists were taken to the airport after being detained. they board a plane and left for hong kong on friday evening. they were arrested on wednesday. seven of them landed on uotsuri island, one of the senkakus. the remaining members will return to hong kong soon. chinese government authorities demanded japan release the group m immediately. noda met with ministers to discuss the issue on friday. they decided not to pursue indictments and to deport the group back to hong kong. no one lives on the senkaku islands. they're in the east china sea. japanese government officials say documents show japan incorporated the islands into it's territory in 1895. they saw the senkakus are under japanese control and that no issue of territorial sovereignty exists. china and taiwan began to claim the senkaku
KCSMMHZ
Aug 17, 2011 6:00am PDT
north korean firms. it will be the first of its kind in china. provenÇal authorities say the complex will be built in tumen city which borders north korea. the project is the latest move by the two countries to strengthen their economic ties. in june, they started the construction of two special economic zones in north korea's border area. >>> china apparently wants to help its ally open up its economy and supply goods according to market demand. north korea is aiming to ensure a smooth transfer of power from current leader kim jong-il to his soon kim jong-un building on its relationship with china to so it can revamp its own economy >>> u.s. vice president joe biden is now in china on his first leg of the asian tour. one objective of the trip is to build a relationship with the likely successor president hu jintao. biden is expected to hold wide ranging talks with vice president xi jinping during his six-day visit. many believe xi jinping will take over from president hu in 2012. the two will meet for discussions and dinner. they will also visit sichuan province devastated by a majo
KCSMMHZ
Oct 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
during a recent flare-up of its territorial dispute with china. welcome to nhk world "newsline." self-defense force pilots have been taking to the air more than ever to tell foreign jets to respect the rules of the sky. a new defense ministry report says they've been handing out an increasing number of warnings to chinese aircraft. the rise in fighter jet scrambles coincides with the flare-up in a dispute over islands of the east china sea that japan controls but that taiwan and china claim. nhk world's takafumi terui has the details. >> reporter: the ministry's quarterly report tracks the movement of air force intercepter jets. it says the aircraft took to the skies 209 times between april and september to warn foreign aircraft of possible air space violations. the asdf warned chinese aircraft 69 times. 80% of those warnings happened between july and september. this coincides with the japanese government's nationalization of the senkaku islands, which angered people in china. defense ministry spokesperson say chinese jets usually cross the air defense identification zone and would ap
KCSMMHZ
Sep 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
senkaku islands from a private japanese owner. the islands are claimed by china and taiwan. ministers in charge of the matter met monday. they say the purchase is aimed at ensuring safe navigation in the area as well as peaceful and stable management of the islands. the ministers say the islands are japan's inherent territory based on history and the international law. they add no sovereignty issue exists. the government has already reached a basic agreement with the owner that the state will buy the islands for about $26 million. the cabinet will adopt the decision tuesday. >> translator: we never want the issues around the senkaku islands to have an impact on japan/china relations. we should avoid any unexpected incidents or misunderstandings. >> chinese foreign minister yang jiechi has summoned the ambassador. china's state-run news agency says japan's unilateral actions of buying the islands is illegal and invalid. he called on the japanese government to reverse its decision and refrain from infringing on china's sovereignty. representatives of taiwan's foreign office say they'll ask
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
regarding his country's stance on disputed territory in the east china sea. koichiro gemba told a senior u.s. official there is no issue regarding who owns the senkaku islands. japan controls the islands, but china and taiwan claim them. gemba met in tokyo with deputy secretary of state william burns. burns is in japan ahead of visits to china and south korea. during the discussions gemba reiterated that the senkaku islands are an inherent part of japanese territory. he added this is based on historical fact and international law. gemba explained japan is trying to facilitate dialogue with china while asking its neighbor to act calmly. the diplomats also touched on the subject of north korea. they agreed to continue to work with south korea to address the north's nuclear program. they also decided to keep looking into the issue of japanese nationals who were abducted by north korean agents in the 1970s and '80s. >>> government officials from japan, china, and south korea have emphasized the importance of cooperation to overcome confrontations. representatives of the three nations
KCSMMHZ
Jan 29, 2013 6:00am PST
some countries, japan, china are among those vying to make economic inroads into the country. korean air started direct flights to myanmar last year. last may he became the first president in myanmar in 29 years. he met with his counter part during his trip. he pledges increase korean investment to myanmar because of the country's great potential. before meeting with bak, she discussed issues of economic development and education. they pledged further cooperation between their countries. both south korea's incumbent president and president-elect will become a democratic icon. their attitude shows that south korea is eager to work on multiple fronts towards a firm relationship with myanmar whether they are dealing with the president or opposition leader. >>> that's it for our bulletin. >>> india is asia's third largest economy but growth is slowing. now the country is taking further steps to stimulate its flagging economy. good evening. they're lowering the interest rate to 7.75%. they made the decision at a policy meeting on tuesday and already implemented the measure. the ba
KCSMMHZ
Oct 24, 2011 6:00am PDT
southeast asia. it controls a key route from the strait of malaca to the south china sea. it's one reason the united states and china are trying to strengthen their military ties with indonesia. nhk world tells us how that is playing out. >> reporter: panetta is on a tour of east asia. the first leg of his trip included talks with indonesian defense minister. the u.s. agreed to provide indonesia with radar to monitor ships in its territorial waters. the u.s. also agreed to provide fighter jets. indonesia is modernizing its defensive weapons on land and at sea. the united states agreed to support such efforts. indonesia is aware of its strategy importance and is starting to realize the strength of its position in dealings with the united states. >> translator: we welcome closer ties between the armed forces of the two countries. the united states is giving us strong support. the americans even asked us what we need to modernize our weaponry. >> reporter: indonesia is gaining confidence in its dealings with china. this video was taken in june last year in part of the south china sea. where
KCSMMHZ
Jun 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
held apparently with the chinese naval buildup in mind. china's military presence is growing. it has also adopted a more assertive stance in the south china sea where it has overlapping territorial claims with other asian nations. sunday's drill is being held in line with an agreement reached last november to increase contacts between the two country's military forces. >> we look forward to developing greater interoperability and adopting the best practices that we could share from this exercise. >> reporter: japan and india are not the only countries worried of china's moves in the east and south china seas. msdf crews are preparing to begin three-day exercises with u.s. and australian naval ships off southwestern japan on wednesday. the joint fleet will practice anti-submarine warfare. >> our job is to make sure we maintain a stable and security maritime environment which we can all prosper from. and that's all countries. >> reporter: japanese government leaders say these drills will help their personnel build up their skills and at the same time, they say it's a chance for the
KCSMMHZ
Nov 14, 2011 6:00am PST
, a world growing economy in the region. china has been paid a lot of attention to. china is not joining as a member of the tpp, but has a big influence on japan to caution too much inclination towards the u.s.-led free trade bloc, as it hopes to play a leading role in world economy. nhk world's atsushimia auichi reports. >> reporter: china's presence is increasing. during his visit to hawaii for the apec summit, chinese president hu jintao addressed business leaders from the asia-pacific region. he expressed china's desire to play a leading role in crafting a free trade framework. >> translator: china will speed up a free trade strategy and strengthen the economic collaboration with its main trade partners. ♪ >> reporter: last year a free trade agreement between china and the asean came into effect. on top of this, china aims to conclude this similar trade year with japan and south korea and is conducting a joint study with them. despite these efforts, china has long been worried about trans-pacific partnership, of which the country is not a member. at the joint news conferenc
KCSMMHZ
Jun 13, 2012 6:00am PDT
proving a ship transporting special vehicles from china. they say the vehicles could be used as launch pads for ballistic missiles. the coast guard police and custom officials say they found export documents of the cambodian register ship during a search in october in osaka port. the firm has been designated for an asset freeze for violating sanctions violating weapons to north korea. they say the paperwork shows a ship transported four large special vehicles from shanghai to the north korean city of nampho. japanese officials say it's likely these vehicles match those displayed as missile launchpads during a military parade in april in north korea. they also say exporting this type of hardware violates u.n. security council resolutions. the resolutions ban countries from sending materials related to weapons of mass destruction to north korea. japanese officials are reporting their findings to the u.n. a chinese foreign ministry spokesperson is denying the accusations. >> translator: china firmly opposes proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. we strongly implement unsc re
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Mar 5, 2012 6:00am PST
annual meeting. the premier says china will trim its annual target for growth. china's leadership is getting a shake up this fall. and the power struggles are playing out at this year's national people's congress. attend dees at the parliament's annual meeting discussed polici for the coming year. the president and premier are trying to cement their legacy. china is the world's second largest economy. and the country's prowess keeps growing. that's why people will closely watch the policies the congress addresses to the nation's problems. >> reporter: those problems you mentioned include corruption, income disparity and environmental pollution. they are all by-products of china's growing economy and they won't go away on their own. the focus of this congress is whether the present government will be able to come up with effective solutions. this is a great hall of the people where the annual conference of the national people's congress is taking place. about 3,000 delegates from all over china have gathered here in beijing. the premier used a two-hour speech on the first day of the c
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Jan 10, 2013 6:00am PST
>>> read all about it, people in china snap up the latest edition of a newspaper that's locked in a standoff over censorship with the government. welcome to nhk world "newsline." journalists at "nanfang zhoumo" aren't backing down in their very public dispute with chinese government officials. they say they were censored earlier this month and so they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the ruling communist party. >>> here's more from beijing. >> reporter: they published their second edition of the year on thursday. it's the first time it hit newsstands since the censorship allegations surfaced. >> translator: i came to buy the newspaper to know what's happening here and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. the government's propaganda division should be disbanded. >> reporter: editors did not run a story detailing their complaint that communist party officials forced them to change a new year editorial calling for freedom and democracy and they did not mention the anti-censorship demonstrations that have been happening this week. inst
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Mar 28, 2013 6:00am PDT
pro-china business group has given up on a plan to buy a major newspaper in taiwan. pressure from taiwanese who oppose media restrictions helped scuttle the deal. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." people in cyprus are lining up to do something they haven't been able to do for nearly two weeks. the country's banks have reopened to customers under tight security and tight restrictions. they've been closed as cypriot leaders negotiated a bailout package to avert a financial meltdown. people waited for hours outside banks in the capital before they opened at noon. the government has imposed temporary controls to prevent a rush of capital out of the country. people can withdraw a maximum of 300 euros per day. the state must approve transactions with other countries exceeding 5,000 euros. the government plans to impose losses on deposits of more than 100,000 euros. it's trying to raise 5.8 billion euros in collateral to qualify for the bailout. >> 300 is the limit. >> is that enough? >> no. euro's own finance ministers and cyprus officials agreed on monday to an emergency loan. it's
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Oct 12, 2011 6:00am PDT
fields in the south china sea last month. vietnam apparently hopes to keep china in check on territorial issues by strengthing ties with india. vietnam's president and indian prime minister manhoman singh on wednesday exchanged documents discussing oil feels in the south china sea and other matters, including crude oil refining and agricultural issues. >> a strong india partnership is effective of peace, stability and development in this region. it is a partnership that stands on its own merits. >> meanwhile, china has taken a strong stance against the development. general secretary of the communist party visited beijing the previous day and met with chinese premiere hu jintao. state run china's central television reported that while zutsi i discussing the territorial disputes between the two nations who gave a stern warning about vietnam and india's joint project. hu said that vietnam should not make any moves that complicate or expand the disputes. some countries including vietnam and the philippines are trying to coordinate an effort to negotiate with china for an end to territorial d
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Feb 6, 2013 6:00am PST
incident involving china's navy and japan's maritime self-defense force. the crew on board a chinese frigate locked their weapon's radar on a japanese destroyer in the east china sea. now, nhk sources reveal it happened 100 kilometers, or what they consider a long way from islands both countries claim. officials with japan's defense ministry say the chinese frigate locked the weapons radar on the sdf destroyer ship a week ago. the ships were reportedly 3 kilometers apart. the officials say crews on a different chinese frigate locked their weapons radar on a japanese helicopter on another destroyer earlier in january. the frigate was reportedly a few kilometers away. these incidents are getting a lot of attention because the two countries are at odds over the senkaku islands. japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim it. japan coast guard patrol ships monitor the islands. chinese surveillance vessels have navigated in and out of japanese waters around the territory for months, but the chinese navy has not. analysts say the fact that the most recent radar incident happened f
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Sep 29, 2011 6:00am PDT
>>> it's 10:00 p.m. in tokyo, welcome to "newsline," i'm michio kijima. >>> china will soon launch its first unmanned space laboratory as an initial step toward building its own space station this decade. cha ys the ten meter long cylindrical module jiuquan 1 will lift off from the jiuquan satellite launch center in northwest china on thursday. tiangong means heavenly palace in chinese. the lab is already set at the launch pad. tiangong will dock with into orbit. the lab is designed to test the highly critical technologies needed to build china's space station. china's space project is said to be strongly connected with the military's fair. the project is said to increase tensions with the international community. >> 1970, china became the world's fifth space power when it put its first satellite into orbit. its experience with weather and communication satellites helped china to commercially launch satellites for overseas clients. in the 1990s, the country announced a three-stage manned space project. the first stage was the development of a manned spacecraft. thseco now in progre
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Mar 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
china says right now north korea should be spending money on its people rather than on military affairs. >> reporter: lee and other leaders met about the launch on the sidelines of the summit, they are putting pressure on the north and they all want china to join them. it's the country with the most influence on the reclusive nation. for now, china's president hu jintao is only asking north korean authorities to show restraint. other leaders are going much further. >> north korea will achieve nothing by threats or by provocations. north korea knows its obligations and it must take irreversible steps to meet those obligations. >> reporter: japanese prime minister yoshihiko noda says the launch would violate u.n. security council resolutions. russian president dmitry medvedev is urging north korea to show restraint. its ministry spokesperson says it has the right to launch a rocket for peaceful purposes. the launch is scheduled to happen between april 12th and april 16th. international leaders will continue to pressure pyongyang until then. they're hopeful diplomacy will work and that chi
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Dec 19, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> migrant workers from countries such as china help keep labor costs low but demands for better treatment is rising and singaporians are struggling to agree on a response. nhk world's mark ho has this report. >> reporter: 171 chinese bus drivers wept on strike last month. they were unhappy over a disparity in pay rise compared to other workers. the walkout was the first in 26 years in singapore which has soviet rules against industrial action. >> translator: i hope the company will grant our request. if they don't, we will have to consider taking further steps. >> reporter: the government's response was swift and strong. 29 chinese strikers were deported. five leading members were arrested. one received a six-week prison sentence. the rare instance of labor and rest grabbed public attention. >> the whole thing that's happening with the chinese, it is kind of like, you know, freak thing that happened. >> reporter: singapore's 5.3 million residents, low-wage foreign workers account for one in six people. workers from china have been favored for their low-wage demands. they also sh
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Sep 4, 2011 5:30pm PDT
stronger yen. by contrast, china has overtaken japan to become the world's second largest economy. meantime south korea's fast growing manufacturers are increasing their competitive edge globally. as japan finds itself in this tough environment, we ask mr. nakamura what strategies are needed. >> especially high-tech areas. where innovation is key to the japanese industry. so we should spend more money on research and development. own those strategically we should participant ttp as soon as possible. it's a very strategically important message. japan should participate with the framework of free trade. so government has to declare we will demonstrate tpp as soon as possible. >> the country certainly faced with a lot of uncertainty at the moment in terms of a politically economically and all that's going on with reconstruction. give us now your vision for the road ahead for japan. >> japan faces lots of difficulties at task including the ageing population and so demand is -- will not be so strong. so how to cope with these japanese situation, we have the very strong -- very high tax
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Jun 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
russia and china. >>> leaders of china, russia and four central asian countries said they oppose any military intervention to stop the violence. nhk world's susumu kojima reports from beijing. >> reporter: the six leaders adopted a joint statement in beijing on thursday. at the end of the two-day summit of the shanghai corporation. chinese president hu jintao and vladimir putin took part. mahmoud ahmadinejad attended as an observer. the statement declares the shanghai group is against military interference in the affairs of the middle east and north africa. it also rejects any forced handover of power or sanctions and stresses that progrblems should be resolved with dialogue. this comes in the wake of the arab spring. analysts say china may fear the exit of assad may open the door to more western dominance of the region. susumu kojima, nhk world, beijing. >>> japan is promoting its visit japan campaign at an international tourism expo in seoul. the four day korea world travel fair kicked off on thursday with 60 countries participating. about 20 japanese organizations are exhibiting a
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Dec 20, 2012 6:00am PST
spent part of this day exchanging views with ambassadors from japan, the u.s., china and russia. she has already started moving to form her government. she'll meet with members of the present administration to go over issues. a transfer commission will finalize her policies. then in february she'll officially become the first woman in south korea to be president. >>> voters in south korea thought about the power of conglomerates when they cast ballots. many are frustrated that the big business blocks are elbowing out small and medium-size companies. they want their next president to level the playing field. we'll take a more in-depth look into that issue on friday. >>> japan's next leader has been dialing up the pressure on central bankers. he says they need to do more to shore up the economy. officials at the bank of japan emerged from two days of meeting and agreed to pump money into the economy for the fifth time this year. policymakers decided to add 10 trillion yen or $120 billion to the bank's asset-buying program. they plan to add $60 billion to buy up long-term government bon
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May 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >>> china and the philippines remain locked in a month old standoff over a disputed shoal in the south china sea with no end in sight. the situation is beginning to affect chinese travel to the philippines. the standoff began on april 10th when chinese survey ships blockade philippine naval frigate from seizing chinese fishing boats. anti-chinese sentiment is growing in the philippines. a protest rally is scheduled for friday in front of the chinese embassy in manila. the chinese online travel agency ctrip.com said on wednesday that it has suspended the sale of group tours to the philippines because such travel carries a potential risk. china's xinhua news agency says other major chinese travel agencies are offering full refunds to customers who wish to cancel planned trips to the philippines. >>> sony has posted its business result in its corporate history. the japanese electronicsmaker logged a fourth consecutive annual net loss in fiscal 2011. the firm announced its earnings report for the fiscal year through march. it posted a record net loss of $5.7 billion. sony continues t
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Jan 6, 2012 6:00am PST
strength of china. >> the united states will emphasize building the capacity of our partners and allies to more effectively defend their own territory. their own interests, through better use of diplomacy, development and security force assistance. >> panetta indicated that the u.s. will seek a larger role for japan and other allies. an expert on military strategy in the asia-pacific region says that role for japan may be in the east china sea and the south china sea. >> the major role that japan would play would be to shift its focus further south and it has an expertise in anti-submarine warfare and naval surface warfare. >> still, schmitt says the u.s. may find it difficult to ask its allies to do more as it cuts defense spending. so far the chinese government has given no official reaction to the new u.s. defense policy. but media coverage within the country has expressed caution. >>> a communist party is linked newspaper, the global "times," carried a detailed report on the new strategy. a chinese expert tells the newspaper that the u.s. clearly views china as a military rival. but
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Nov 25, 2011 6:00am PST
. today we begin with pakistan, which is conducting military drills with china. the media has been given access. nhk world's hideki yui explains why the two nations are trying to strengthen their military ties. >> reporter: china's people's liberation army and pakistani's military conducted joint drills in eastern pakistan over the last two weeks. more than 500 servicemen took part. troops in helicopters raided a building on thursday. the building in the scenario was used as a terrorist hideout. >> translator: pakistan's army is constantly fighting terrorists on the front lines. our military has a lot to learn from them. >> reporter: hou says military drills are instrumental in tackling islamic extremists fighting for the independence of china's xinjiang uighur autonomous region. pakistan's army chief warns that the islamist movement is operating in his country. >> those elements who are operating in the border areas of pakistan and afghanistan, even close to the operation. >> reporter: he also says the two countries will step up their information-sharing. neighboring india is increasing
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Jul 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
roughly what their $100 billion budget buys them. the tour happens as china faces criticism for having disputes with other countries in asia over territory. the people's liberation army invited 70 media organizations to a helicopter base near beijing. it has been organizing these tours annually since the 2008 beijing olympics. commanders exhibited main take attack helicopters and missiles and rockets, chinese officials say domestic manufacturers are making the aircraft. pilots are also demonstrating skills in the cockpit. these helicopters are one part of the military which has been growing rapidly. western nations say chinese authorities aren't transparent about their spending. the u.s. and japan and other countries are concerned about china's military muscle. the chinese government has been more aggressive in its campaign to force the claim over disputed islands in the region. analysts say it is partly intended to keep other countries in check over the disputes. >>> analysts are sounding the alarm about the naval buildup. their annual white paper says recent actions by chinese
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Mar 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
stop the launch. the foreign ministry chief met with wu dawei in beijing. wu is china's delegate to the six-party talks on the north korea program. china has long been the north's closest ally. wu said the chinese are doing all they can to establish stability in the region. sugiyama warned north korean officials not to go ahead with their plan. >> translator: if north korea goes ahead with the launch, it will be a clear violation of u.n. security council resolutions banning all testing of ballistic missiles. so we have been strongly urging the north not to make such a violation. >> sugiyama says wu outlined the diplomatic efforts but declines to say whether this would violate the u.n. security council resolutions. he expressed grave concern that debris could land on his country. north korea said the second stage of the rocket will fall into the pacific ocean around 130 kilometers northeast of luzon island in the philippines. >> where, no one is exactly sure of the trajectory of the missile. similarly, debris from the launch may potentially land in our territory. this needless provoc
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Jan 23, 2013 6:00am PST
. officials from the u.s., china and other countries are urging north korean leaders to exercise restraint. >> we call on north korea, as does the entire international community, not to engage in any further provocations. >> u.s. north korean specialist glyn davies made the appeal on arriving in south korea on wednesday for talks with officials. he will visit china and japan to coordinate policy on the north. china's new communist leader xi jinping also made a remark with an envoy of incoming south korean president, park kunei. he says china maintains its consistent stance that the korean peninsula should be free of nuclear weaponsed on other weapons of mass destruction. earlier, i spoke earlier with kengo okamoto, who has tracked developments for years. how likely will north korea go forward with this nuclear test? >> i think they will unless the u.s., japan and north korea take extra measures to persuade them to hold off. for example, if american diplomats offered talks, north korean has so far carried out two nuclear tests. in both cases, those tests follow the u.n. security council res
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Aug 23, 2011 6:00am PDT
remain under government control. >>> tuesday marks one month since a high-speed train crash in china killed 40 people and injured 190 others. authorities say that they are conducting a thorough investigation into the accident. china's railway ministry says the crash in the city of wenzhou in eastern china was caused by a lightning strike. that caused one train to stall on a railway bridge and a sensor failure allowed another running along the same track to slam into it. there were hardly any visitors at the accident site on tuesday. graffiti on the bridge criticizing the government for the crash has been erased. some users of social networking sites are expressing concern that the incident seems to be fading away. >>> china's railway ministry blamed the accident on human error. they say an electrical storm caused a disruption in the signaling system because of a software defect. railway staff failed to respond properly because they were not familiar with the system. a member of the government crash investigation team says a large amount of evidence has been obtained from onsite inspe
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Aug 30, 2011 6:00am PDT
? >> expected to hold summit talks with the u.s., china, and south korea by the end of this year. but any work noda wants to do will be held up by further political change, you know, all of these countries as well as russia will have presidential elections. or a transfer of power in 2012. north korea may also experience a transfer of power. on top of this, noda will need to deal with the rise of nationalism in china, russia, and south korea. you know, japan's involved in territorial disputes with all these three countries, so the new prime minister's foreign policy abilities will definitely be put on test. >> masayo, before we let you go, mr. noda has been talking about raising the income tax in order to fund reconstruction efforts. will he be able to address that issue any time soon? >> well, i don't think so. noda is also in favor of a consumption tax hike to finance increasing social security costs. but finding a consensus within the dpj, democratic party, won't be easy. you know, more than half of the dpj members might come out against the tax hike if their minds turn to the possi
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