Category: Asia

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

China-Hong Kong bridge to unity, or tentacle of Beijing control?

As a 30-km (19-mile) bridge between Hong Kong and China across the Pearl River estuary nears completion, Chinese officials are hoping it will bring more than economic integration at a time of growing tension between the two sides. The bridge that snakes out over the blue estuary with soaring pylons, viaducts and towers using more steel than 60 Eiffel Towers, […]

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Japan cabinet approves bill to allow emperor to abdicate

Japan cabinet approves bill to allow emperor to abdicate

Japan’s cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries. The 83-year-old emperor, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, said in rare public remarks last year he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfill […]

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A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is signaling she needs more give and take from China to rein in hardliners on an island China considers its own, officials say, but Beijing is unlikely to budge months before its five-yearly Communist Party Congress. As she marks one year in office on Saturday, Tsai, leader of the ruling independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is […]

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China’s Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

China’s Xi says willing to put South Korea ties back on track

Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting South Korean envoy on Friday that he was willing to put relations with Seoul back on a normal track. “We’re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back onto a normal track and benefit both peoples on the basis of mutual understanding […]

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Indonesian army says four killed, eight wounded in training accident in South China Sea

Indonesian army says four killed, eight wounded in training accident in South China Sea

Four Indonesian soldiers were killed and 8 wounded on Wednesday after they were hit by artillery fire during a rapid response training exercise in the Natuna islands north of Borneo in the South China Sea, a military spokesman said. “The army leadership has conveyed its deepest condolences after the death of four excellent soldiers in an accidental incident in Natuna,” […]

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Many nations pin climate hopes on China, India as hopes for Trump fade

Many nations pin climate hopes on China, India as hopes for Trump fade

Many countries are pinning their hopes on China and India to lead efforts to slow climate change amid a growing sense of resignation that U.S. President Donald Trump will either withdraw from a global pact or stay and play a minimal role. Delegates at the May 8-18 negotiations in Bonn on a detailed “rule book” for the 2015 Paris Agreement, […]

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Two Indonesians sentenced to 85 lashes of cane for gay sex

Two Indonesians sentenced to 85 lashes of cane for gay sex

An Islamic court in Indonesia has sentenced two men to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, judges in the conservative province of Aceh said, ignoring pleas for clemency from human rights groups. The public caning handed down by a panel of judges is the first time laws against homosexuality, introduced in the province in 2014, have been […]

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AFC postpones Malaysia v North Korea tie in Pyongyang

AFC postpones Malaysia v North Korea tie in Pyongyang

Malaysia’s 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match against North Korea, scheduled for the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on June 8, has been postponed because of geopolitical tension, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Wednesday. Diplomatic relations between the countries soured following the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at […]

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Student leader a rare voice of dissent in military-ruled Thailand

Student leader a rare voice of dissent in military-ruled Thailand

In a country where dissenting voices have largely been quashed by the military junta, 20-year-old Thai student leader Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal is emerging as one of few figures to speak out. But he is pessimistic about the prospects of a broader revival in opposition nearly three years after the army seized power in Thailand in the name of ending political turmoil. […]

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More than 120 injured in fire at Philippines factory complex

More than 120 injured in fire at Philippines factory complex

More than 120 workers, including two Japanese, were injured and at least one was missing in a fire at a huge factory south of the Philippine capital that sent thousands of employees running to safety, an official said Thursday. The fire at House Technology Industries was under control but had not been fully extinguished nearly 24 hours after it started […]

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