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  • What the trials of migratory birds say about Asia’s development

    What the trials of migratory birds say about Asia’s development

    KATHERINE LEUNG was hunting for birds—black-tailed godwits to be precise. Armed with a wide net, she stood at dusk amid the Mai Po Marshes, a wide expanse of mudflats, mangroves and shrimp ponds on Hong Kong’s border with mainland China…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 2:49pm -
  • A “blasphemy killingâ€� at a university shocks Pakistan

    A “blasphemy killing� at a university shocks Pakistan

    IN THE room of Mashal Khan, a student at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, a dusty town in north-west Pakistan, the late occupant’s handwriting is on almost every surface. Some of his scribblings in felt-tip pen are banal (“You beaut…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 2:49pm -
  • A new bill reveals the Japanese government’s authoritarian streak

    A new bill reveals the Japanese government’s authoritarian streak

    FOR several weeks Japan’s Diet has been debating a law that would punish people who plan to commit crimes. The government says the conspiracy bill will protect the nation from terrorism. In a country where crime has fallen to a record low (a s…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 2:49pm -
  • Vietnam uses an old naval base to make new friends

    Vietnam uses an old naval base to make new friends

    Diplomacy by other meansNEAR the point where Vietnam bulges deepest into the South China Sea lies Cam Ranh Bay, perhaps the finest natural deepwater harbour in South-East Asia. France based a fleet there in colonial times. Russian ships made use of i…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 2:49pm -
  • America first frightens South Korea, then tries to reassure it

    America first frightens South Korea, then tries to reassure it

    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 9:03am -
  • A tense election threatens Indonesia’s religious tolerance

    A tense election threatens Indonesia’s religious tolerance

    How would God vote?THE mood in Jakarta was jittery in the days leading up to its gubernatorial election on April 19th. Around 64,000 police, soldiers and other security personnel were deployed to keep the peace. At least one policeman guarded every o…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 17, 9:03am -
  • The romance between Bangladesh and India is star-crossed

    The romance between Bangladesh and India is star-crossed

    ENGULFED by India, its giant neighbour to the west, north and east, Bangladesh can look small. But it is the world’s eighth most populous country, with one of its fastest-growing economies. And its location, between India and South-East Asia,…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Apr 17, 3:24pm -
  • China’s elite boarding schools

    China’s elite boarding schools

    CHINESE parents pride themselves on the importance they attach to education; it is, they say, the most important gift they can bestow on the next generation. That makes them all the more willing to shell out, if they can afford it, on expensive board…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Apr 17, 12:39pm -
  • Migrant workers in South Korea are often better off in prison

    Migrant workers in South Korea are often better off in prison

    THE government of South Korea describes Cheonan prison, south of Seoul, as “the world’s first specialised foreigner correctional facilityâ€�. It must also be one of the most humane, with its gallery of softly lit art and its designa…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 2:51pm -
  • Vietnam executes many more people than previously thought

    Vietnam executes many more people than previously thought

    IT IS hard to know how many people governments execute, as the most bloodthirsty regimes do not make the data public. Amnesty International, a pressure group, documented 1,032 executions in 2016, but believes the true number is much higher. The good…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 2:51pm -
  • Why bullying in Japanese schools is especially traumatic

    Why bullying in Japanese schools is especially traumatic

    Not as blissful as it looksFIVE months after the tsunami that led to his family’s evacuation from Fukushima, the boy enrolled at a new school in Yokohama. His new classmates were pitiless. They called him “germ boyâ€�. They stole hi…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 2:51pm -
  • Japanese ultranationalists’ devotion to the emperor is unrequited

    Japanese ultranationalists’ devotion to the emperor is unrequited

    THE Imperial Rescript on Education was issued on behalf of Emperor Meiji in October 1890. In 315 flowery characters, it urged his subjects to cultivate loyalty, filial piety and, above all, a readiness to dedicate their lives to the survival of the i…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 17, 2:51pm -

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  • Korea cracks down on gay soldiers after sex scandal
    Intellasia East Asia News The Military Human Rights Centre for Korea says the South Korean army has embarked on a mission to weed out gay soldiers after a sex video was posted on the internet. A human rights group is accusing South Korea’s army of…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Trump Orders Steel Imports Probe as American Company Fights China
    Intellasia East Asia News The Trump administration began an investigation of steel imports as US Steel Corp. asked a trade agency to investigate its claims that rival Chinese manufacturers colluded to fix prices and undercut American competitors. Pre…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Asian markets chase record Wall St close on hopes for US stimulus
    Intellasia East Asia News Asian markets built on a Wall Street rally Friday as geopolitical fears gave way to fresh hopes for Donald Trump’s stimulus after his top finance man said a US tax reform plan would be released “very soon”. Global mark…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Korea on heightened alert as isolated North readies for army celebration
    Intellasia East Asia News South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nucle…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Asian stocks advance after US markets rally
    Intellasia East Asia News Asian stocks rose Friday ahead of the first round of voting in France’s closely watched presidential election, after Wall Street rallied on strong corporate earnings. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.8 percent…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • How Our Foreign-Policy Elites Manufactured the Korea Crisis
    Intellasia East Asia News The crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic-missile programmes now builds to a perilous pitch with no precedent in at least two decades. There are two features of this regress that are essential to recognise in ord…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • CY Leung visits site of potential rival to HK mega-bridge
    Intellasia East Asia News Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visited the construction site of a proposed mainland bridge on Friday, a project that could rival the troubled Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. On the last morning of his three-day fact-finding…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Trump Confident China Working `Very Hard’ to Rein in N Korea
    Intellasia East Asia News President Donald Trump said he has “absolute confidence” that Chinese President Xi Jinping will work “very, very hard” to defuse rising tensions North Korea has stirred through nuclear and missile tests. Trump, speak…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • HK Shares May See Additional Support
    Intellasia East Asia News The Hong Kong stock market on Thursday snapped the three-day slide in which it had fallen almost 490 points or 2 percent. The Hang Seng Index now rests just above the 24,050-point plateau and the market is called higher agai…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • America first frightens Korea, then tries to reassure it
    Intellasia East Asia News MUCH of the language used by Mike Pence, America’s vice-president, on his three-day trip to South Korea this week was familiar: America stands “shoulder-to-shoulder” with South Korea in an alliance that is a “linchpi…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Duet Says Bid by Li Ka-Shing’s CKI Approved by Australia
    Intellasia East Asia News Billionaire Li Ka-shing’s A$7.4 billion ($5.6 billion) takeover bid for power provider Duet Group has won foreign investment approval from the Australian government, paving the way for the Hong Kong tycoon to diversify awa…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Asian stocks climb, euro surrenders gains as French election jitters return
    Intellasia East Asia News Asian stocks were set to end the week with a bang, lifted by bets on strong US earnings and tax reform, while the euro retreated from a three-week high as jitters returned over French presidential elections on Sunday after a…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • 60pct of young people don’t read books, survey finds
    Intellasia East Asia News A recent survey conducted by the Hong Kong Publishing Professional Society (HKPPS) presents a worrying picture of local reading habits. The survey found that 32.4 percent of the respondents have not read a single book in the…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • N Korea: Why military action will be a disaster and a patient solution is required
    Intellasia East Asia News Pundits often cite the North Korean regime’s crimes against its citizens as proof of Kim Jong-un’s irrationality as a leader. These crimes, as exhaustively documented by former High Court justice Michael Kirby for the UN…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Life Ban For HK Banker
    Intellasia East Asia News A former Bank of China banker has been given a life ban by the Hong Kong regulator. Following his conviction for theft by the Eastern Magistrates’ Court in October 2016, The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Korea needs to consider a complaint to WTO over US protectionism: steel industry source
    Intellasia East Asia News South Korea’s government and steel industry should consider all measures including filing a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in response to “deepening US trade protectionism”, an industry source told R…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • HK history exam probes Communist Party’s changing line on democracy, pre-handover fears
    Intellasia East Asia News A question for the history subject of Hong Kong’s secondary school public exam has raised eyebrows as it asked students to comment on the Chinese Communist Party’s praise for democracy in the 1940s and the “drastic cha…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Revealed: How Donald Trump’s N Korea ‘armada’ was actually sailing in wrong direction
    Intellasia East Asia News When US president Donald Trump boasted early last week that he had sent an “armada” as a warning to North Korea, the aircraft carrier strike group he spoke of was still far from the Korean peninsula, and headed in the op…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Detained HK Bookseller Gui Wins Swedish Free Speech Prize
    Intellasia East Asia News A bookseller detained in China for publishing books on the personal lives of President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders has won a prize for free speech and press freedom awarded by a Swedish media organisation. G…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • N Korea Ratchets Up Anti-US Rhetoric
    Intellasia East Asia News The rhetoric between the US and North Korea continues to intensify. Overnight, Pyongyang issued a warning to America. This after fighter jets from the US and South Korea continued to conduct joint military exercises on the K…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • HK faces an uncertain future as dynamism fades
    Intellasia East Asia News The territory risks being left behind by Chinese rivals To lunch at the Hong Kong Club, founded in 1846 as a watering hole for the British ruling elite. My host is CH Tung, Anglophile, tycoon, and the territory’s first chi…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Should N Korea nuclear strikes worry California at all?
    Intellasia East Asia News North Korean state media is warning the US of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” that could “wipe out” the US mainland. These sorts of threats from a country with limited capability are something we’ve heard before…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Taiwan confident of being removed from US currency watch list
    Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan’s trade surplus with the United States is significantly smaller than Washington estimates, the economics minister said, a point it hopes to press in its bid to get off the US Treasury’s watch list of potential cur…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • China left as observer as tensions rise on Korean Peninsula
    Intellasia East Asia News China’s foreign minister recently likened the US and North Korea to two speeding trains hurtling toward each other, an analogy that would seem to place China in the role of helpless bystander. And indeed, while tensions ha…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Former senior Taiwan affairs official sentenced to 15 years for graft
    Intellasia East Asia News Gong Qinggai, a former senior official with the Chinese mainland’s Taiwan affairs body, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for accepting bribes totalling nearly 53.53 million yuan (around 7.78 million US dollars) on Thurs…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Trump praises Chinese efforts on N Korea ‘menace,’ Pyongyang warns of strike
    Intellasia East Asia News US President Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in “the menace of North Korea” on Thursday, after North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike.” Trump told a news c…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • China Jails Official Dealing With Taiwan for 15 Years Over Graft
    Intellasia East Asia News A Chinese court on Thursday jailed a former deputy head of the country’s Taiwan Affairs Office for 15 years, for taking bribes and abusing his position, the state broadcaster said. Gong Qinggai used his position to amass 5…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Growth Takes Back Seat to Social Justice as Korea Election Nears
    Intellasia East Asia News South Korean presidential candidates used to promise voters strong growth. Not this time. Moon Jae-in, a slight front-runner in the May 9 vote, says his priority is increasing spending to create jobs in the public sector. Ce…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • US should keep low profile to help in Lee’s case: Bush
    Intellasia East Asia News The US should keep a low profile if it wants to be involved in efforts to get China to release Taiwanese detainee Lee Ming-che (???), former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) chair Richard Bush said on Wednesday. “I think…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Donald Trump said Korea was once part of China. It wasn’t.
    Intellasia East Asia News US President Donald Trump has a habit of saying things that force fact-checkers to do a double-take. In February, he made comments that pointed to terror activity in Sweden. There was no terror activity in Sweden that month.…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Xi-Trump axis name of new game for Tsai
    Intellasia East Asia News US President Donald Trump told his favourite Fox News he had dispatched an armada up to the Korean peninsula to intimidate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But it turned out the fleet, led by nuclear-powered carrier USS Ca…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Korea on heightened alert as isolated North readies for army celebration
    Intellasia East Asia News South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nucle…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • China mum on Taiwan’s bid to return defrauded NT$200 million
    Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan has once again asked mainland China to provide information so that it can return more than NT$200 million (US$6.58 million) in funds defrauded from Chinese victims and seized in Taiwan. The Chinese authorities have ye…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Korea on heightened alert as isolated North readies for army celebration
    Intellasia East Asia News South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nucle…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • A Taiwanese Man’s Detention in Guangdong Threatens a Key Pillar of Cross-Straits Relations
    Intellasia East Asia News Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che mysteriously disappeared in China on March 19. Ten days later, Beijing, having ignored the Taiwan government’s frantic appeals for information through prescribed channels, final…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Colas, cigarettes: N Korea airline diversifies as threats mount of sanctions
    Intellasia East Asia News Even after disembarking from North Korea’s Air Koryo plane at Pyongyang airport, it’s difficult to miss the airline’s brand. The Air Koryo conglomerate makes cigarettes and fizzy drinks, besides owning a taxi fleet and…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Taiwan return of China dissident seen as bid for better ties
    Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan’s return of a Chinese asylum seeker this week is a likely bid by President Tsai Ing-wen to stabilise relations with Beijing that have been in sharp decline since her election last year, analysts said Thursday. Offic…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 hits stores, aims to move on from recall crisis
    Intellasia East Asia News Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 went on sale over the counter in South Korea Friday as the world’s biggest smartphone maker seeks to move on from a disastrous handset recall and corruption scandal that has hammered its once-stel…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Taiwan: Stocks rise tracking regional markets; all sectors rise
    Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan stocks rose on Friday, tracking gains in regional markets as investors bet on strong earnings and tax reforms in the United States. As of 0251 GMT, the main Taiex index was up 0.75 per cent at 9,705.06, after closing…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • After sex video, S. Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers
    Intellasia East Asia News A watchdog group says South Korea’s army is hunting down and prosecuting gay servicemen after a video of two male soldiers having sex was posted on the internet earlier this year, stoking fear in an already persecuted mino…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Taiwan March export orders beat forecasts as global electronics boom
    Intellasia East Asia News Taiwan’s export orders rose for the eighth straight month in March and at a faster pace than expected as global demand remained strong for components of Apple Inc’s new iPhone and other tech gadgets. The continued expans…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • China’s Quest to Marginalise the US Hits a N Korea-Sized Snag
    Intellasia East Asia News China’s plan to globally circumvent the US is working. There’s just one problem: North Korea. Anyone focused on the three main international initiatives associated with China in the last two years will notice something p…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • N Korea: ‘Super-mighty pre-emptive strike’ will reduce US to ashes
    Intellasia East Asia News North Korean state media threatened to launch a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike” that would reduce South Korea and the United states “to ashes.” The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper for North Korea’s ruling W…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Partisan divide over Trump’s handling of N Korea
    Intellasia East Asia News Democrats are warning that President Donald Trump has a credibility problem as his administration grapples with the prospect of a new North Korean nuclear test. They’re pointing to the miscommunication over the aircraft ca…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • N Korea threatens ‘super-mighty’ strike on US
    Intellasia East Asia News In an escalating war of words with the US, North Korea warned Thursday of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” that would reduce American military forces in South Korea and the US mainland “to ashes,” according to The…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • UN Security Council threatens new sanctions on N Korea
    Intellasia East Asia News The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea’s latest missile test and threatened to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang for its “highly destabilising behavior.” In a unanimous statement, the c…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • China left as observer as tensions rise on Korean peninsula
    Intellasia East Asia News China’s foreign minister recently likened the US and North Korea to two speeding trains hurtling toward each other, an analogy that would seem to place China in the role of helpless bystander. And indeed, while tensions ha…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Chinese Workers Might Not Be Too Happy With Their Pay Raises
    Intellasia East Asia News China’s labour market remained tight in the first quarter as the economy roared back. Workers, however, are finding that pay hikes aren’t as generous as they used to be. A slew of official and private indicators from rec…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • Why We Should Want N Korea to Fire Missiles into the Sea

    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • China capital outflows stabilised in Q1 as capital controls bite
    Intellasia East Asia News Capital outflows from China eased sharply in the first quarter and cross border flows were more balanced, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, in the latest official comments indicating policymakers are growing l…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Apr 17, 11:00pm -

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