China Ups Xinjiang Monitoring; Japan Kindergarten Racism; South Korean Airline Hack; Jakarta Protests

China Ups Xinjiang Monitoring; Japan Kindergarten Racism; South Korean Airline Hack; Jakarta Protests
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What you need to know

Asia Morning Update: A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.


Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have issued orders for all vehicles to have compulsory GPS trackers installed, local officials confirmed to RFA on Monday. – Radio Free Asia.

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Hong Kong:

Ex-chief executive faces up to seven years’ jail for misconduct in office, as he waits behind bars for sentencing. – South China Morning Post

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang walks into a district court in Hong Kong
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Cambodia's parliament amended a law on Monday (Feb 20) to stop anyone convicted of an offence from running for office, effectively barring long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen's main rival. – Reuters via The Straits Times

柬埔寨總理洪森上週赴瑞士參加世界經濟論壇。Photo Credit:AP/ 達志影像


The approval rating of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has rebounded from a sharp fall over the past two months, with slightly more than 40 percent of respondents indicating they approve of her performance, a polling agency said on Monday. – Central News Agency.


A kindergarten in the city of Osaka has apologized for using expressions about “foreigners that could lead to misunderstanding,” after coming under fire for slurring Korean and Chinese parents on its website. - The Japan Times

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South Korea:

The website of Asiana Airlines briefly went offline Monday due to cyberattacks from overseas, inconveniencing many customers. According to the company, cyber vandals attacked its external web server at 4:35 a.m., publishing a hateful message toward Albanians. – The Korea Times

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The Philippines:

Vice President Leni Robredo called for a prompt investigation into the killings of environmental defenders, following the death of a Bohol-based lawyer. – Rappler.

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Thousands of protesters are expected to take part in yet another rally in Jakarta on Tuesday (21/02) to demand the suspension of Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who is currently on trial for blasphemy. – Jakarta Globe.

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Editor: Edward White