China defence minister says Japan bill will "complicate" region

China`s defence minister told the head of Japan`s National Security Council on Friday that Japanese legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two would "complicate" regional security.

Obama, Putin meet briefly in Beijing: US official

US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met briefly on Monday in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit of APEC, a senior US official said.

China seeks to soothe sea rifts at Asia summit

Asian leaders met against a backdrop of divisive territorial disputes and flagging free trade efforts Wednesday, with China flexing more diplomatic muscle in the absence of US President Barack Obama.

China casts doubt on reports of Japan, China handshake

Relations between the world`s second- and third-largest economies have been troubled for months because of a sovereignty dispute over tiny islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

Hillary joins summit after China, Japan flare-up

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins an Asia-Pacific summit after a flare-up in Chinese anger at Japan over disputed islands that cast doubt over prospects for reconciliation between the two Asian powers.

Singapore shoots down ‘rumour’ of APEC attack plot

Singapore has downplayed media reports of a plot to attack an Asia-Pacific summit in the city-state in November, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Monday.