China's Zombie Young; Ho Chi Minh City's First Subway; Reports of Tibetan Crackdown; India's Doctor Stike

China's Zombie Young; Ho Chi Minh City's First Subway; Reports of Tibetan Crackdown; India's Doctor Stike
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What you need to know

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

China:

About 76 percent of young Chinese people experience difficulty falling asleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society (CSRS) ahead of World Sleep Day on March 21. - People's Daily Online (China)

Holding a foreign passport or expressing doubts about Communist Party policies are among the behaviour that could get candidates disqualified from 2,300 coveted seats at China’s leadership reshuffle this year. - South China Morning Post

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the country would further open its services, manufacturing and mining sectors to the outside world, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, even as foreign firms struggle with protectionist policies. - South China Morning Post

Vietnam:

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have installed a Japanese-made tunnel boring machine (TBM) to facilitate the construction of its first-ever metro. - Tuoi Tre News

Tibet:

Nearly 200 Tibetan residents of Sichuan’s Kardze county were taken into custody following the self-immolation at the weekend of Pema Gyaltsen, a Tibetan farmer, in the county’s main town, sources in the region say. - Radio Free Asia (United States)

Myanmar:

The Israeli government has rejected a petition by a group of 10 Israeli human rights activists and lawyers who called for an end of arms sales to Burma. - The Irrawaddy

India:

Nearly 4,000 resident doctors across Maharashtra bunked work on Monday and individually submitted leave letters to their seniors, saying they feel threatened after repeated attacks on their colleagues. - The Hindu

Taiwan, China:

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday confirmed for the first time that China has Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) missiles aimed at Taiwan in a bid to increase military pressure on the nation. - Taipei Times

Taiwan, U.S.:

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is considering the construction of a multibillion-dollar microchip fabrication plant in the U.S., a move that will help President Donald Trump’s effort to bring high-tech jobs and investment to the country. - Bloomberg

South Korea:

Former President Park Geun-hye apologized to the public Tuesday morning over a corruption scandal that led to her removal from office as she arrived at the prosecutors' office to be questioned over 13 suspicions liked to her. - The Korea Times

Malaysia:

Malaysia is gunning for a revamp of its ageing naval fleet, as countries in the region prepare to face threats from the influx of Islamic State (IS) militants fleeing Mosul, and from rising tensions in the South China Sea. - Malaysiakini

Cambodia:

A scathing report by a group of ASEAN parliamentarians yesterday called recent changes to the Law on Political Parties and judicial harassment of opposition lawmakers part of a “systematic dismantling of democracy”, creating a “dark shadow” over Cambodian society ahead of June commune elections. - Phnom Penh Post

Editor: Edward White


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