General Secretary Xi Jinping of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Friday sent a message to the first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Kim Jong-un, to congratulate him on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the WPK.
Tokyo must adopt an approach of "sincerity and responsibility and take practical actions" to address its excessive storage of nuclear materials and increasing imbalance between supply and demand, Beijing said, following a report released by think-tanks.
China, the Republic of Korea and Japan will release detailed arrangements for a trilateral summit meeting at an appropriate time and when "conditions are mature", according to a senior Chinese diplomat.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday urged the United States to sign a peace treaty to replace the 1953 armistice, in a bid to build long-lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe handed out portfolios to nine first time ministers but retained his key allies in a cabinet reshuffle Wednesday purportedly aimed at refocusing the government's efforts on economic revival while clambering to restore some of the public's faith that plummeted following the ruling camp's forced passage of security legislation ahead of upper house elections next year.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has called on Indonesia to take action against people setting fires that have caused choking smoke to drift across the region, with the sky over southern Thailand the latest to be clouded by the pollution.
Trade ministers of the US and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact, but the final ratification of the deal in the TPP members' countries is far from certain.