Beate Stelzer works as first officer on a container ship. As a child, she had dreamed of traveling the world’s oceans. But it took more than 30 years before her dream came true.
In a bid to ease tensions after the deployment of a Chinese oil rig to disputed waters, Vietnam is sending a special envoy to Beijing. But Martin Großheim tells DW the row has changed the way Vietnamese perceive China.
The EU has huge economic and security interests in East and Southeast Asia, a reason why it is active in the ASEAN Regional Forum. Critics, however, argue that Europe is lacking a political strategy.
India is expected to agree to produce rare earth minerals for export to Japan. Japan is trying to reduce its dependence on China for the precious minerals, which are needed for high-tech industries.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to attend several summits in Southeast Asia in a bid to ease regional tensions with China. But analyst Vikram Nehru tells DW expectations on any breakthrough should be tempered.
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