US President Joe Biden will take part in a G7 summit in Japan, but further stops in Papua New Guinea and Australia have been scrapped due to the debt crisis back home.
The EU is under pressure from the US to take a tougher stance on China's strategic expansion in Southeast Asia. However, European leaders say they want to avoid being seen as an extension of Washington.
A visit to South Korea and Japan by the head of NATO this week highlights the alliance's strategic priority to push back against China and North Korea, while addressing the global impact of Russia's war in Ukraine.
Brussels is seeking to build influence in Southeast Asia. But the EU's habit of criticizing governments over human rights doesn't go down too well in the region.
The regime in Pyongyang has started 2023 by threatening South Korea and announcing plans for more capable ballistic missiles and a larger nuclear arsenal.
23 Sep 2022
The Russian president's "pivot to Asia" looks shaky after India and China gave him a subtle cold shoulder at a recent conference. Southeast Asian countries are wary of a Western backlash if they cooperate with Moscow.
11 Sep 2022
Southeast Asian countries, most of whom count the EU as one of their largest trading partners, are watching the bloc's economic slowdown with a mixture of trepidation and opportunity.
22 Aug 2022
Seoul and Washington turn away from a policy of detente with Pyongyang with the largest joint exercises in four years as China and Russia engage in their own displays of force.
7 Aug 2022
China's military drills in the waters around Taiwan are prompting regional powers such as Japan to rethink defense strategies. Could East Asia be on the brink of an arms race?
4 Aug 2022
The death may mark the fourth monkeypox-related fatality since the outbreak began in May. The cause of the death is still being investigated.
1 Aug 2022
There has been no mention of Taiwan as a port of call on the congressional delegation's visit to the Indo-Pacific region. US-China tensions are running high over reports Pelosi would visit the self-ruled island.
26 Jul 2022
The world health organization on Saturday, 23 July, 2022 has declared the multinational monkey pox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).