Asia Pacific

Covering all issues relating to the Asia Pacific region and how they affect Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada

Mystery balloon discovery over Montana cancels US China trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a planned high-stakes weekend diplomatic trip to China as the Biden administration weighs a broader response to the discovery of a...

Canada summons Chinese envoy as Ottawa, Washington express displeasure over balloon

OTTAWA — Canada announced that it had called China's ambassador onto the carpet as Ottawa and Washington expressed their disapproval Friday over a high-altitude balloon found to have been hovering...

COVID-19 tests will be mandatory for travellers from China for another two months

OTTAWA — Canada has renewed mandatory COVID-19 testing and screening for travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macao for another two months. The government mandated pre-boarding tests for people...

To advance 'North American Idea,' fortify bond between Canada, Mexico, experts say

WASHINGTON — Experts say a stronger bond between Canada and Mexico will be central to advancing North American competitiveness on the international stage.  Sen. Peter Boehm, a former Liberal deputy...

Canada to make splash in Asia with largest conference of its kind in Singapore

Canada is re-launching its post-COVID engagement with Asia with a bang – with the largest-scale conference of its kind for decades, slated for Singapore in February. Dubbed the “Canada-in-Asia”...

China’s ban on Canadian beef remains

It’s been more than a year since China imposed a ban on Canadian beef imports following a case of atypical BSE in a central Alberta cow and there are no signs as to when it might be lifted. Unlike...

Japan, South Korea protest China visa stoppage in COVID spat

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea defended their public health restrictions on travelers from China on Wednesday, a day after China stopped issuing new visas in both countries in apparent...

China halts visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 spat

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese embassies suspended issuing new visas for South Koreans and Japanese on Tuesday in apparent retaliation for COVID-19 testing requirements recently imposed by those countries on...

Japan tests all China arrivals for COVID as cases surge

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday started requiring COVID-19 tests for all passengers arriving from China as an emergency measure against surging infections there as the Asian island country faces its own...

Lack of info on China's COVID-19 surge stirs global concern

BEIJING (AP) — Moves by several countries to mandate COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving from China reflect global concern that new variants could emerge in its ongoing explosive outbreak — and...