Chinese Spies in Taiwan; Asylum in Australia for Chinese Journalist; Indonesia Terror Attack Foiled

Chinese Spies in Taiwan; Asylum in Australia for Chinese Journalist; Indonesia Terror Attack Foiled
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What you need to know

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

China, Australia:

A former state media worker who fled China last year has been granted political asylum in Australia. - SBS (Australia)

China, Taiwan:

Taiwan’s national security authorities estimate that about 5,000 agents are collecting state secrets in Taiwan on behalf of the Chinese government, and the nation’s civilian administration is no less vulnerable or compromised than its military, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. - Taipei Times

A Chinese man detained for alleged espionage earlier Friday likes the late President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正) and collects his artifacts, according to one of the man's friends who is a spokesman for the pro-unification New Party. - Central News Agency (Taiwan)


Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province are blocking internet access in a Tibetan prefecture in the run-up to a sensitive political anniversary, fearing Tibetan residents may organize protests inspired by exiles living outside the country, sources say. - Radio Free Asia


The support rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet fell 6.0 percentage points from the previous month to 55.7 percent after the emergence of a scandal about a murky land deal involving a school operator with ties to him and his wife, a Kyodo News poll released Sunday showed. - Japan Times

South Korea:

Former President Park Geun-hye left Cheong Wa Dae and returned to her home in southern Seoul, Sunday, after leaving a message that she would not accept the Constitutional Court's ruling that ousted her. - Korea Times

After the historic ouster of President Park Geun-hye on Friday, scandal-weary South Koreans began turning their attention to a new election due within 60 days — and to the prospect that her successor could try to reset relations with neighboring North Korea and its powerful patron, China. - Washington Post


Police arrested six suspected terrorists in Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi, on Friday (10/03) for allegedly plotting to attack security forces in the area, a spokesman said. - Jakarta Globe


Hundreds of ruling party commune chiefs across the country have now signed nearly identical letters accusing the opposition of using an “inciting” campaign slogan to fan “disunity,” echoing the language of brand-new legislation that could see whole parties dissolved for such behavior. - Cambodia Daily

Editor: Edward White