Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his country is separating from the U.S. in a speech before a Beijing economic forum last week, after handing China a major diplomatic victory by agreeing to resume dialogue on their South China Sea territorial dispute following months of acrimony. But after he returned to the Philippines, Duterte said he did not mean he would cut off ties with the U.S., adding that it's in his country's best interest to stay with America.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, a Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent at the American Embassy in Manila.
Typhoon Haima forced the evacuation of more than 50,000 people in southern China after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious winds and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Japan's Nissan Motor, said he would become chairman of Mitsubishi Motors, presiding over efforts to turn the troubled automaker around. The Brazilian-born Frenchman, who already heads Nissan and Renault, said Mitsubishi's current chairman and CEO, Osamu Masuko, would stay on as CEO.
With the support of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has vowed to give North Koreans more modern and "cultured" ways to spend their leisure time, and with foreign tourism companies looking to entice visitors with unique things to do besides visit war museums and political monuments, a Pyongyang flying club has started offering short flights over some of the North Korean capital's major sights.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Toru Takahashi in Tokyo.