US Helps Chinese Weapons Research; Taiwan NGO Worker Detainment Confirmed; Beijing Spies on Christians; South China Sea Talks in May

US Helps Chinese Weapons Research; Taiwan NGO Worker Detainment Confirmed; Beijing Spies on Christians; South China Sea Talks in May
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What you need to know

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

China, U.S.:

China’s efforts to lure its scientists back from overseas institutions have been paying off militarily, with more than a little help from the United States. - South China Morning Post

China:

China's ruling Communist Party has stepped up efforts to control the number of Christians by forcing Catholic and Protestant churches in the heavily Christian province of Zhejiang to install CCTV cameras inside and outside their buildings. - The Union of Catholic Asian News

China, Taiwan:

The Presidential Office yesterday said that the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and other government agencies are doing all they can to win the release of Lee Ming-che (李明哲), a human rights and democracy advocate detained in China. - Taipei Times

China, Philippines:

China and the Philippines will hold the first meeting of a bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue in May, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday. - Xinhua (China)

China, Myanmar:

China’s military carried out drills along the border with Burma on Tuesday, in a show of force to highlight its resolve to protect its people, state news agency Xinhua said, following clashes between the Burma Army and ethnic rebels. - Reuters via The Irrawaddy

China, Australia:

The Chinese Communist Party had escalated its campaign to ­influence Australian universities. - The Australian

Taiwan:

Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was found not guilty of leaking classified information by Taipei District Court. The verdict applies to one of a series of cases filed against Ma, who left office in May 2016. - The News Lens

Vietnam:

Provinces throughout the Mekong Delta are struggling to keep up with the increasing amount of garbage created by the region's growing cities. - Saigoneer

Cambodia, South Korea:

South Korea has donated 222 military vehicles to Cambodia in a bid to enhance bilateral ties and boost the Southeast Asian country's defence capabilities. - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

Editor: Edward White


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