The Obama administration extends by one year targeted US sanctions against Burma, a move aimed at preventing backsliding on democratic reforms.
Human rights conditions are deteriorating in China and Vietnam but improving in Burma as it continues on its bumpy path to democracy, the US says.
While Washington says the country’s overall direction is still positive, some experts worry Burma risks backsliding toward military rule that ended two years ago.
The US is challenging Laos over the disappearance of a prominent social activist who went missing 100 days ago. The case has put a rare spotlight on the authoritarian nation’s murky governance and human rights record.
The Obama administration expresses concern about Vietnam’s “backsliding” on human rights and asserts that advancing individual freedoms is key to US policy in Asia.
China’s uncompromising attitude in maritime territorial disputes with its neighbors is partly a response to the US strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.
The US will support an international push at next month’s UN Human Rights Council to initiate an inquiry into conditions in North Korea.
Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng urges an end to China’s “leadership of thieves” and calls on Washington to continue pushing Beijing on human rights.
Obama wants Asia to be a growing focus of his foreign policy, but success could hinge on his ability to manage hot spots elsewhere.
The US military is preparing its first search in eight years for remains of 730 American soldiers lost in Burma during World War II.
North Korea’s rocket launch put a satellite in space, but Pyongyang is still losing business in Burma and the Middle East under Western diplomatic pressure.
A US senator is asking Burmese President Thein Sein for answers over the reported seizure of cargo bound for Burma with potential nuclear uses.
Amid Barack Obama’s landmark visit to Burma was a significant concession that could reveal whether the nation’s powerful military pursued a clandestine nuclear weapons program.
President Barack Obama’s landmark visit to Burma, known by the US as Burma, brings up an unusual problem of protocol: What does he call it?
US President Barack Obama’s re-election means he can sustain the strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific started during his first term.
Indonesia is circulating a draft code of conduct for the South China Sea among Southeast Asian nations and hopes for progress before November’s regional summit.
Aung San Suu Kyi offered a glimpse into her personal side when she took questions and offered advice to young human rights activists in Washington.
Indonesians enraged over an anti-Islam film hurl rocks and Molotov cocktails at the US Embassy in Jakarta.
Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to be honored in Washington and presented with Congress’s highest award during tour of the United States.
The Obama administration takes another step in unraveling tough US sanctions against Burma by waiving a visa ban to promote engagement with its reformist government.