Despite post-Taliban violence and conflict still occurring in Afghanistan, Chinese companies have been steadily accessing the war-torn country's markets to play an active role in its reconstruction.

South Korean political circle took an ambiguous stance on former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's comeback Thursday by holding Ban in check on the one hand and sending a love call to him on the other hand.

In a bid to enhance his chummy ties with Rodrigo Duterte, president of a country who currently holds the rotating chair of ASEAN and a drifting-away U.S. ally, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday started a trip to the Philippines with an aid package of 8.66 billion U.S. dollars.

News Analysis: Impeached S.Korean president refuting all charges heralds stiff court battle

Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye refused to appear in the first hearing of the constitutional court on Tuesday to determine her fate as the country's leader.