Typhoon Nanmadol struck Taiwan Monday. The island, chastened by poor response to a 2009 typhoon, has strengthened infrastructure and improved evacuation and preparation measures.
European stocks shrug off local debt woes, while traders look forward to Bernanke speech. But European stocks are expected to remain volatile.
Vice President Biden is expected to apprise China of the US decision to deny F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan. The dire implications of this should not be played down. It leaves Taiwan vulnerable and the US underpowered in Asia, as Washington looks to be walking away from democratic values.
India has been hailed as an emerging powerhouse based on growth rates before the credit crunch of 2008, but the current downturn has made investors increasingly cautious.
Android smartphones and their users can thank Google for splashing out $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility along with all the patents they hold. The purchase will be Google's largest.
Asian stocks fell more than 5 percent Friday, after the worst day on Wall Street since December 2008.
Cybersecurity firm McAfee says it infiltrated a 'command and control' server with detailed logs of five years of cyberattacks against targets ranging from the US government to the World Anti-Doping Agency. McAfee suggests a country was behind it. Experts suspect China.
East Asia is home to several territorial disputes, which occasionally escalate into regional violence. Many of the island territories are small, isolated from the countries’ mainlands, and sparsely populated. But strategic interests and abundant natural resources make them valuable. Here are five of East Asia’s flashpoints: