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Japan shifts TPP course due to concerns over bilateral talks

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) — The Japan government has decided to aim for effectuation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement without the United States. With this new direction set, the government aims to contain the U.S. demand for bilateral talks.

Beijing urges US to change export policies to diminish its trade deficit

BEIJING (China Daily/ ANN) - Beijing urged Washington on Wednesday to “adjust its outdated policies” on exports to China in light of a recent analysis saying US policy in areas like high-tech goods “significantly contributes” to its trade deficit with China.

Anies set to take over as Jakarta governor

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Former minister vows to safeguard diversity, unity after bitter contest marred by religious, racial tensions

Trump likely to attend Asean Summit in Philippines, says envoy

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - US President Donald Trump has reportedly indicated interest in attending the Asean summit in the Philippines in November. 

OPINION: Trump’s ‘prudent’ measure

Singapore ties with Germany for most powerful passport in the world

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Holders of the Singapore passport can now get visa-on-arrival in Ukraine for up to 15 days, upping the Republic's score by one to 159.

Pence warns NK against ‘testing’ US resolve

US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday warned North Korea against “testing” the US’ military power and resolve to denuclearize the peninsula, saying “all options are on the table.”

At a joint news conference with acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Pence declared the end of the “strategic patience” policy, under which Washington has for more than 20 years been making overtures, only to be met with Pyongyang’s “willful deceptions, broken promises and nuclear and missile tests.”

Poll: 64% favor U.S. pressure on North Korea

Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Yomiuri Shimbun national opinion poll said they favorably evaluate U.S. moves to increase military pressure on North Korea, which is advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile development. This far exceeded the 27 percent who said they did not approve of the United States’ actions.

The poll was conducted from Friday to Sunday.

Ten­sions lurk be­hind visit

Wash­ing­ton has billed Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s visit to In­done­sia next week as a booster for the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the world’s sec­ond- and third-largest democ­ra­cies, but a raft of bi­lat­eral ten­sions could sap the good­will from his trip.

Tension mounts as North Korea warns of nuclear attack

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - North Korea says it is ready for US invasion as the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson sails to region.