Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told representatives of some Asian countries that others never protect our countries and will not provide us with security, advising Asian countries to respect each other if they want others to do so.
United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he is in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a day after the United States pulled itself from a Cold War era arms control pact.
South Korea’s exposure to a stressed global manufacturing supply chain has knocked its currency — Asia’s most risk sensitive — to over two-year lows as investors use it as a proxy to bet on the economic costs of a protracted US-China trade war.
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has accused China of undermining the sovereignty of other countries, warning that the administration of President Donald Trump is investing "significantly" in programs needed to ensuring stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Asia’s Iranian crude oil buyers China, India, Japan and South Korea imported a total 1.62 million barrels per day (mbd) of crude from Iran in April, up 3.2 percent from the previous month to the highest since July, data from government and trade sources showed.