Australia Pulls China Extradition Treaty; Chinese Think Tank Criticizes CCP; India Decriminalizes Suicide; Massive Data Breach in Hong Kong

Australia Pulls China Extradition Treaty; Chinese Think Tank Criticizes CCP; India Decriminalizes Suicide; Massive Data Breach in Hong Kong
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China, Australia:

The Federal Government has abruptly pulled the contentious Australia-China extradition treaty in the face of a backbench rebellion and likely defeat in the Senate. – ABC (Australia)

Police and intelligence agencies warned of disaster if the Senate blocks an extradition treaty with China. – The Australian

China:

In a rare move, a Chinese think tank criticizes tepid pace of reform. - The New York Times

Major construction of military and dual-use infrastructure on the “Big 3”—Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross Reefs—is wrapping up, with the naval, air, radar, and defensive facilities that AMTI has tracked for nearly two years largely complete. – The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Chinese state-owned shipbuilder China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) revealed technical specifications of a new frigate design it is showcasing at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi. - IHS Jane's Navy International

India:

The Mental Healthcare Bill, which decriminalizes suicide and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness, was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Hindu

The four Bills to operationalize the rolling out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) were introduced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha on Monday amid Opposition protests that the Bills were not listed on the day’s agenda beforehand. – The Hindu

Hong Kong:

In what could be one of Hong Kong’s most significant data breaches ever, the personal information of the city’s 3.7 million voters was possibly compromised after the Registration and Electoral Office reported two laptop computers went missing at its backup venue for the chief executive election. – South China Morning Post

A retired Hong Kong police officer has been charged with assault after striking a bystander with a baton during the 2014 Occupy movement protests. - South China Morning Post

Singapore:

The couple who starved a maid and caused her weight to plummet from 49kg to 29.4kg was sentenced to jail, but the saga is far from over. – Straits Times

Taiwan:

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday criticized the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) for removing a banner reading “All hail Formosa” raised on Sunday by fans during a qualifying match with Turkmenistan. – Taipei Times

Cambodia:

Two “Black Monday” protesters were arrested on Monday for the first time since activist Tep Vanny was thrown in jail in August, while an official again warned of the dangers that the long-running campaign would lead to a “color revolution.” – The Cambodia Daily

Myanmar:

Rangoon’s Northern District Court commenced examination of the assassination of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni as the trial began on Friday. The Irrawaddy

Indonesia:

Indonesia and France will sign various agreements to further strengthen strategic partnerships and bilateral relations during French President François Hollande's first state visit on Wednesday (29/03). – Jakarta Globe

Philippines:

A bilateral mechanism to avoid "misunderstandings" about the South China Sea was among the discussions between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on Monday, March 27, in Davao City. – Rappler

North Korea, Malaysia:

The body of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is back in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) mortuary, due to a "technical" issue in repatriating it back to Macau. - Malaysiakini

Japan:

Negotiations on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons began Monday at U.N. headquarters with Japan, the world's only atom-bombed country, announcing it will abstain from the talks alongside the five major nuclear powers. – Kyodo News

Seven students and one teacher from Otawara High School in Tochigi Prefecture died Monday after being caught in an avalanche at a ski resort during a climbing event. – The Japan Times

South Korea:

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) scored a landslide victory in the party's first primary in the Jeolla region, paving his way to become the nominee of the largest parliamentary party, Monday. – The Korea Times