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Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Mourners surround a car carrying the coffins of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed in a US air strike in Baghdad, on January 4, 2020. (AFP) January 7, 2020 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|East Asia, Iraq|

Japan’s resistance to Iranian charm offensive is trouble for Iran’s economic strategy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meet in Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2019. (REUTERS) By Pooya Stone December 31, 2019 As President Hassan Rouhani was concluding his two-day visit to Japan, international media gave little indication that his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had yielded any significant developments. [...]

By |December 31st, 2019|East Asia|

Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drills

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 28, 2019 Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran's flotilla announced. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions since [...]

By |December 28th, 2019|East Asia, Middle East, Russia|

Iran is looking at Asia as a lifeline

Cars of the Iranian delegation are seen parked outside a building of the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China, May 13, 2018. (REUTERS) By Majid Rafizadeh December 27, 2019 The Islamic Republic is tilting toward Asian countries in an unprecedented fashion. In the last few months, Iranian officials have increased their high-level talks and [...]

By |December 27th, 2019|East Asia|

Iran to hold joint, four-day navy drill with Russia, China

An Iranian naval drill off the Strait of Hormuz last year. (Tasnim) December 26, 2019 Iran’s armed forces will hold a joint, four-day naval exercise with Russia and China in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, a spokesman said Wednesday. The drill, which is to start on Saturday, will be the first [...]

By |December 26th, 2019|East Asia, Russia|

Iran and India agree to speed up major port project

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the inauguration of an extension of the port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman on Dec. 3, 2017. (AP) December 24, 2019 Tehran and Delhi have agreed to accelerate the development of an important Iranian port, India’s foreign minister said during a visit to the sanctions-hit Islamic [...]

By |December 24th, 2019|East Asia, India|

Trump, Japan’s Abe discuss Iran after Rouhani trip to Tokyo

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on May 27. (AFP) December 23, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about Iran, North Korea, and trade, the White House said late on December 21. White House spokesman Judd Deere did not offer [...]

By |December 23rd, 2019|East Asia, North America, USA|

Iran’s Rouhani welcomes Japan opt-out of U.S.-led naval mission in Gulf

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22, 2014. (REUTERS) December 21, 2019 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday welcomed Japan’s decision not to join a US-led naval mission in the Gulf, in remarks carried by [...]

By |December 21st, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

Japan briefs Iran on plan to send forces to Middle East

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meet in Tokyo, Japan, December 20, 2019. (REUTERS) December 21, 2019 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday briefed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tokyo’s plan to send naval forces to the Middle East to protect Japanese vessels, a Japanese official said. Rouhani [...]

By |December 21st, 2019|East Asia, Middle East|

US indicts Indonesian for breaking Iran sanctions

An airplane of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in the Yemeni capital on March 1, 2015. (AFP) December 18, 2019 The US Justice Department charged an Indonesian Tuesday with violating sanctions on Iran in supplying millions of dollars worth of new and refurbished aircraft parts to [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|East Asia, Indonesia, North America, USA|