The ten-member ASEAN and its partners are meeting this week amid worries the US-China trade row will negatively impact the region. The summit is expected to see progress made on a China-backed regional trade pact.
Asia Bibi, a Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam was reversed last week, has been released from jail in Pakistan. Local media says she could be on the way out of the country.
The Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business is the flagship event in the region for the promotion of economic relations between Germany and Asia. This year the conference takes place in Jakarta.
Chabahar port in southern Iran provides war-torn Afghanistan a crucial connection to Indian goods and Iranian oil. However, experts say that sanctions relief for the port is motivated more by politics than economics.
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