Critics have accused the 1,194-member election committee of being heavily stacked with Beijing loyalists. Protests have coincided with the selection process, which pits establishment figures against each other.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at the EU, calling them "sons of bitches" after the bloc called for rehabilitation clinics for addicts. Duterte made his remarks during a speech to Chinese businessmen.
Chinese premier Li is currently in Australia to strengthen bilateral ties. Both nations see their partnership as primordial to present a unified stance against the protectionist tendencies sprouting up around the world.
The Pakistani government has proposed a merger between the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in an attempt to rein in insurgency. But can the move be implemented?